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LottaLiving.com • Beam Rot... what to do?
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Beam Rot... what to do?

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:19 am
by drsiebling
Hey All...

Last summer, Dallas experienced a few months of prolonged and torrential rains. In August, my flat roof sprung a leak that managed to pour an ungodly amount of water into my living room. At the time, my insurance company refused to look any deeper than the damage on the surface of the roof and on the surfaces of the interior and decided I couldn't meet my deductible. I protested at the time with the primary concern that one or more of the house's beams might have water damage. Well, I just removed the beam covers from that part of the house and, lo and behold, I have a beam that is falling to pieces and is as soft as a sponge.

Here are a few pics... this is the split beam section of my house:

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Obviously, I've already been screaming at the insurance company, but I was curious as to what something like this warrants. It certainly doesn't seem like an easy or cheap fix. Anyone have any experience in this area?

Thanks for your help...

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:30 pm
by jesgord
I'd call in a structural engineer to have a look. They will be able to tell you what needs to be done to remedy the situation.

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:21 pm
by Joe
there is a lot online regarding beam rot repair. you'll either need to dig out the rot and fill it or replace the beam. I had to replace a beam, wasn't too big of a deal.

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:34 pm
by egads

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:35 pm
by spaceghost

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:34 pm
by Perks

Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:30 pm
by spaceghost
i am not a lawyer or realtor and did not intend on giving legal advice. on top all of that, the house i recently bought was sold as-is so the disclosures were merely a formality. i do not remember everything that was on that form but i do remember seeing a claim against homeowner's insurance.

Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:35 am
by reverb2000
super easy fix..create a wall running parallel to the bad beam for weight support, then just replace the beam...get a sawzall, and start cutting.