Does it spread?
So I’m currently doing a job of ripping out rotted wood from a soffit. The cause of the rot is water so plenty of deteriorating wood. only one of the joists are slightly damaged but only for about 6″. my qusestion is… do I have to rip this out back to clean wood so, as my dad claims, the rot doesn’t spread or is it ok to leave it.
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if you leave the rot it will spread...
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I would remove all the rot, but i have never seen rot spread without a source of water.
I agree--the spores for the rot exist everywhere, but they need food in order to grow into new organisms and for that they need water.
I agree, and have heard the same thing many times, remove the water and the dry rot stays where it is, IT DOES NOT SPREAD WITHOUT WATER!
Thats what I thought.
Something isn't right if your soffits are getting water in them, ice dams, improperly installed drip edge, roof leak. That issue should be addressed. Rot won't spread on it's own without water but it will come back if the leakage isn't fixed. You can scab a piece of new to a rotted end as long as it isn't too much or too many.
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I normally take out the rotted, but there are alternatives. First, there is Timbor rods which are borates that stop rot from moving.
Second, once the source of water is dealt with, the rot stops growing. the micro-organisms need moisture, warmth and food to grow. Remove water from the equation and they are all dormant.
If you don't deal with the moisture problem, new wood will still rot. The spores are still there.
So - how did it get wet and what are the plans to stop that?
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I called (ok, my dad did) out a company who does rubber roofing, and we will be getting the whole roof re-done which will hopefully stop the multiple leaks.
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Take the water away and the rot will stop.
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In general, if you take away the water the rot will stop. However, one problem is that rotten wood is like a sponge and absorbs moisture from the air. So best to remove the rot or chemically stabilize it somehow.
Don't think it will spread, but the big question is "Will it blend?"....
Man, there's plenty of hijacking threads around here but at least they have some correlation. So that has what to do with rotting wood?
Oh, I get it. Put the rotting wood in the blender. Haa haaa... funny.--------------------------------------------------------
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