If you are one of those people who have been meaning to clean out the garage for years or who still haven’t fixed the sink even though it’ been leaking for weeks, then this blog post is for you! Even if you have a habit of delaying home maintenance, don’t overlook the possibility of wood rot or ignore it if you notice it. Left untreated, wood rot can cause serious damage and even make a home unsafe.
Wood Rot 101
Wood rot is caused by different types of fungus that use moisture to slowly break down and eat through wood. When it comes to wood rot, moisture is the magic word. Wherever there is moisture and wood, you’ve got to be on the lookout for wood rot.
Where to Find Wood Rot
There are certain places around your home that are especially vulnerable to wood rot and should be checked on a regular basis. These areas include:
- The vertical board under an exterior door
- The base of exterior doors
- Window sills
- Behind gutters and downspouts
- Corner trim boards
- Trim around doors and windows
Decks and Wood Rot
Wooden decks are particularly susceptible to wood rot since they are regularly hit with rain and sprinklers. If the deck is not properly coated and sealed, or if water can’t drain easily between the boards, then wood rot is practically inevitable. The most common area where my crew and I find wood rot on a deck is the ledger board where the deck attaches to the house.
Checking Your Home for Wood Rot
You should check your house every couple of months for wood rot, especially those areas listed above. Go to each area and visually scan the wood. There are two main types of wood rot you should be on the lookout for: white rot and brown rot.
If you notice that the wood has a white or yellow discoloration and is spongy to the touch, then you are likely dealing with white rot. If the wood is dry and powdery or looks like it’s split into cubes across the grain, then you likely have brown rot (also called dry rot) on your hands.
If you notice wood rot or even suspect wood rot, then address it right away. If left alone, wood rot will only get worse and could affect the safety of your home. For example, if wood rot eats away at the ledger board of your deck, it could cause deck collapse.
The safest thing to do is to call a wood repair company, like Best Rate Repair, and have a wood repair specialist come out and provide an assessment. The wood repair specialist can explain how much damage the wood rot caused and what the repair will entail.