Dry Rot refers to wood decay caused by certain species of fungi, also known as True Dry Rot. These organisms digest parts of the wood which give the wood strength and stiffness. The root cause of all dry rot and mold is excess moisture. Leaky roofs, let in water which leads to excess moisture which in turn leads to dry rot problems and chronic mold issues. Dry rot may exist and be visible at areas of the roofing that are easily accessible such as the eaves, barge rafters, rafter tails, and fascia boards.
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WHAT IS DRY ROT?
DOES ROOF DOCTORS INSPECT FOR DRY ROT ON MY ROOF?
NO, during their Free Roof Inspection, Roof Doctors does NOT usually inspect for dry rot at the eaves, barge rafters, rafter tails or fascia boards. We feel this is not cost efficient for the homeowner to do these repairs in excess of any that may be recommended or required by a Branch 3 Licensed Termite Company for a Certificate of Completion.
Roof Doctors can repair areas of the roof that do have dry rot, after a report has been issued by a Termite Company and prior to them issuing their Certificate of Completion. However, if a homeowner specifically requests that these areas be inspected, then they will become part of our Free Roof Inspection and an estimate will be given to repair any dry rot damaged areas that may be found throughout the roof.
HOW IS DRY ROT USUALLY DISCOVERED ON A ROOF?
When a Buyer is buying a home, they usually hire a termite inspection company to perform an inspection on their home. The inspection process will cover all accessible and visible areas of the interior and exterior of the home, following with the issuance of a “Wood Destroying Pest and Organisms Inspection Report”. Often times, this report will describe those areas of dry rot that were discovered at the eaves, barge rafters, rafters tails, and fascia boards. An appraiser may also notice dry rot during their appraisal of the home. Many lenders will not do the following until the Termite Company has issued a Certificate of Completion:
- Issue loan documents
- Fund a loan
- Close on a loan
This Certificate of Completion is a statement issued by the termite company that the home is free and clear of termites, wood destroying beetles or fungus damage within visible and accessible areas. In other words, they’re certifying that the dry rot conditions no longer exist and that the home is free from any dry rot organisms, including roof areas at the eaves, barge rafters, rafter tails, and fascia boards.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO OBTAIN A TERMITE INSPECTION REPORT?
A Termite Inspection Company is highly regulated in the State of California. Anyone performing a Termite Inspection in the State of California is required to have a Branch 3 License with the State of California Structural Pest Control Board.
A Termite Inspection Report will include a description of any Section 1 items, which is a description of those areas of the home that require immediate action to eliminate any current dry rot conditions. The Termite Inspection Report will also include a description of any Section 2 items, which is a description of those areas of the home may may lead to a future dry rot problem if not immediately corrected.
Within 30 days, as required under California State law, all Termite Inspection Reports & Completion Reports are submitted by the Termite Inspection Company, and filed with the State of California Structural Pest Control Board. These reports remain on file for a period of two years. Any homeowner or consumer can research a property and obtain a Termite Report or a Clearance Report that were completed within the last two years on a home.
A Branch 3 licensed Termite Company assumes responsibility and liability for any dry rot damage that they did not eliminate from the visible and accessible areas, for a period of two years, after they have issued a Certificate of Completion with the California Structural Pest Control Board.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRY ROT REPAIRS MADE BY A TERMITE INSPECTION COMPANY AND THOSE MADE BY ROOF DOCTORS?
There is no difference between the type of repairs performed by either Roof Doctors or a termite company at the eaves, barge rafters, rafter tails, or fascia boards. However, in many cases, a termite company will remove the roofing material to repair the eaves, barge rafters, rafter tails or fascia boards and a roofing company will have to re-roof over the area that has been repaired at additional cost. In fact, most termite reports will exclude any re-roofing that may required over an area that has been repaired.
As a result, it is often times less expensive to have Roof Doctors perform both the repairs to any damaged roofing areas and to re-roof over those areas. It is always best to submit a copy of the termite report to Roof Doctors so that we can provide an estimate of repairs for those areas of the roof that are necessary for a Certificate of Completion.
HOW DO I DETERMINE IF A TERMITE INSPECTION COMPANY IS PROPERLY LICENSED OR TO RESEARCH A PRIOR TERMITE INSPECTION REPORT / CLEARANCE ON A PROPERTY?
You may search the Structural Pest Control Board’s Wood Destroying Organism System to see if a specific property has been inspected within the last two years. The Board’s database is very specific so the best results are usually found by entering in limited information, for example, only the building number and zip code. This will ensure that the entire database is checked for the information you are seeking.
Click HERE to obtain access to the database for the California State Structural Pest Control Board’s “Wood Destroying Organism System”
If results are found on the specific property, you may send a written request to the Board to obtain copies of the inspection reports. You can also fill out the Request for Copy of Inspection or Completion Reports. Click HERE to obtain access to the Request for Copy of Inspection or Completion Reports.
Written requests may be:
Structural Pest Control Board
2005 Evergreen Street, Ste 1500
Sacramento, CA 95815
TO LOOK UP OR VERIFY A LICENSE WITH THE STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL BOARD: