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Christine.D
Rot found
Christine.D

In 1998 we hired a contractor to rip the cottage style roof off of our 1947 year old home (yes cedar block walls), and build a full second story. . . . today we are laying hardwood floors down in our bedroom and found rot under the windows . . . my husband's hand just went threw the drywall, then we ripped off the drywall to find lots of rot, to the point we are seeing house wrap (our bed was under the window) . . . . what short cuts did this guy take to accomplish this mess ??:confused::mad: I am worried about the whole upper level :( this was done, paid for, and we are to be moving on to fixing other things as we can afford it now . . . but thinking we can't now as this looks,
expensive and just not a do it yourself job at all :(

dj1
Re: Rot found
dj1

Take a deep breath and look at what you need to do right now: Have it inspected, to determine the source, the type and the cause of the rot. At this point we don't know all these, so let's find out.

Termite companies may offer you an inspection, you will have to find out from them, otherwise a general contractor can look at what you've got.

A. Spruce
Re: Rot found
A. Spruce

Without seeing the issues first hand, we can't offer much help as to how extensive or expensive the repairs will be.

If water has been infiltrating for most of the past 17 years, then the damage is likely fairly extensive. If you've not seen water staining or interior damage, the leak has been minimal, which means the rot may be contained to primarily the window framing areas and not extend into floor framing or the lower level. The easiest assessment can be made by stripping the drywall off the all exterior walls. I would recommend working slowly and stop demolition when you get to good materials, maybe go two feet beyond either side of each window to start.

What will this demo accomplish? It will expose the extent of the damage so that you can have contractors in to bid repairs. You will know exactly how much damage there is, there will be no guessing or surprises from the contractors.

The likely cause of the damage is improperly installed/flashed/caulked windows. The repair will be to remove the windows, replace damaged framing, then reinstall the windows, siding, and drywall. Is this a DIY project, depends on your skills and confidence working off ladders and scaffolding. By doing the initial demo yourselves, you will save a few hours labor and have a more accurate picture of what you're in for as far as repairs are concerned.

Re: Rot found

The term dry-rot came from the belief that the fungus is able to transport moisture from a source many metres away, to attack dry wood. In fact, although the fungus can transport moisture over several metres, it cannot transport anywhere near enough moisture to attack wood that is otherwise dry.

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