Dry Rot Prevention

Video: Sealing Your Exterior Trim

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you own a home, one of the simplest steps you can take to preserve your investment is to seal your exterior trim and siding. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Munsch of Willow Creek Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Blaine Munsch: The importance of caulking around window and door trim. Here we have a window that’s got a nice bead of caulking all the way around it. This is a good example of a high-quality caulking. Over here I have a piece of trim that goes down to a patio slab here. See how we got this gap here? Read more

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Sealing Your Home Exterior

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PLEASANTON — If you own a home, you’ll want to take proactive steps to protect your investment. One of the simplest yet most impactful of such maintenance measures is to keep the exterior of your home well-sealed.

Every home exterior contains gaps, whether in door and window trim or between siding panels. When these gaps aren’t sealed, it leaves them vulnerable to moisture intrusion from rainy weather and exterior washing. The residual moisture from this water intrusion is a common catalyst for the development of dry rot, a harmful fungus that softens wood and compromises its stability. Once dry rot has gained a foothold, it can spread into your walls and flooring, creating potentially dangerous conditions. Read more

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The Importance of Controlling Groundwater

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SOQUEL — One of the most overlooked sources of potential damage to a home is inadequate soil drainage. When water is allowed to collect around the perimeter of a home, it can lead to numerous problems, including foundation settlement, termite infestation and the growth of harmful fungi like dry rot. As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do to protect your investment is control the groundwater outside of your house.

There are a few proactive steps you can take to control exterior groundwater. One is to avoid situating plants right next to your home’s foundation or attaching planter boxes to your home’s exterior. Even more important is to make sure the ground outside your home is properly graded, Read more

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Repairing Stucco with Elastomeric Products

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

FOSTER CITY — A typical issue with stucco homes (which are common in the Bay Area) is the formation of exterior cracks. Over time, a stucco home’s exterior can develop hundreds of cracks, ranging from simple hairline fractures to large patches of missing stucco. These fractures aren’t just unsightly—if left unrepaired, they can act as water penetration points and cause problems like dry rot. For this reason, it’s important to take preventative measures by repairing any damaged stucco with an elastomeric product.

The best way to repair minor stucco cracks is with elastomeric paint. This product is basically a thick finishing paint that contains twice the amount of resin found in more conventional products. Read more

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How to Prevent and Repair Dry Rot

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Dry rot isn’t something most homeowners think about, but by the time you notice it in your home, you’ll wish you had. Dry rot damage can be extremely detrimental to a home’s structure and the removal and subsequent repairs can be very costly, which is why dry rot prevention is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home.

First and second causes
The main instigator of any dry rot infestation is latent moisture, but there are numerous secondary causes that contribute to its development. One the most common is poor construction. When building a new home, some inexperienced contractors neglect to adequately prime and seal the edges of the siding panels. Read more

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Video: Identifying and Treating Dry Rot

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Repairing dry rot can be costly. So, today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Kuzmicki of Solidarity Painting to learn about how you can repair and prevent dry rot.

Expert Contributor, Greg Kuzmicki: Dry rot on a home is something you don’t really think about, but by the time you notice it, it can get very costly. When new home builders build homes, they don’t back prime the edges or the sides of the panels so you have a lot of water absorption, which causes dry rot down the road. You can see the example on here. This is a bay window and you can see how the water got absorbed into the siding and causes a lot of damage. Read more

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