Dry Rot - Stairway Wood Construction Damage
Dry rot is usually caused from moisture. In the picture below, we have a combination of wood rot and termite damage. Dry rot is caused from moisture, accumulating around the same area (piece of lumber or wood), for a long period of time.
Remember, wood is a natural product and most natural
products decompose or break down over time. I seen a wood fence post,
almost completely decompose, simply because a backyard sprinkler,
watered it daily.
Eventually the wood post rotted and needed to be replaced. This actually happened in my own backyard. My neighbors watered the fence every single day for 20 minutes, and I couldn't convince them to stop, but they did volunteer to pay for a new wood post.
Dry Rot Prevention Tip: If you have any stairs, fences or other items built out of wood in the shade for long periods, during the day, it wouldn't be a bad idea to make sure that they're not wet. I can't tell you how many times I've replaced lumber that was damaged by dry rot, just because it was in the shade, for most of the day.
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