Wood rot is a type of degradation caused by a combination of moisture and fungi. For example, fungi cannot grow on dry wood because it requires a moist environment to thrive and feed off of.
Wood rot left undetected can be one of the most damaging factors to your home’s structure, as wood rot that is left untreated will rapidly spread and infect the rest of your home, potentially causing the whole structure to collapse. With the wet climate here in the Pacific Northwest, wood rot issues are notorious for taking place when not remedied properly. This is why it is essential that individuals are informed on wood rot and the preventative measures that can be used to prevent wood rot in their homes and the costly expense that comes with repairing extensive wood rot.
Wood rot can take place both on the exterior and interior of your home. Common sources of rotting can be caused by broken siding or roofing, which allows rain to seep through to the underlying wood. Other areas where water can collect and infiltrate into the wood are anywhere that vertical and horizontal surfaces meet that contain openings and siding that is not properly sealed or caulked. As for moisture under the floor or behind a wall, this is often due to a leaking pipe or a faulty seal on the inside. Moreover, poor ventilation and highly moisturized air can create an atmosphere favorable to the growth of wood rot.
Checking your home for symptoms of wood rot should be a yearly objective during your pre-winter weatherproofing tasks. To do so, examine your home’s wood siding, your windows, doors, walls, floors, basement, crawl space, attic, etc. The best method for inspecting for signs of wood rot is to use a screwdriver and flashlight, searching and lighting any wood areas that appear swollen, discolored, cracked, shrinking, and appear soft. If you notice any of these things, probe it with a screwdriver to test if the screwdriver sinks through. If so, this is a key indicator that there is wood rot present. Other noticeable signs of wood rot include the growth of cobwebs and cotton on wood and musty scents.
Treatment for wood rot depends on whether the damaged wood is soft or not. Softwood that has wood rot is not salvageable and will need to be replaced by an experienced professional contractor. Here at Exteriors Doctor, we are a licensed, bonded, and insured contracting company that specializes in rot repairs. We assess the severity and source of damage to your home’s wood rot and based on our findings, provide you with a treatment plan and quote that fits your home’s wood rot needs.
To learn more information and find out how we can assist you, please contact us today to set up a FREE inspection. We hope to help you put your home’s state and wood rot issues to rest.