Wood rot is a common issue for homeowners, as the vast majority of residential structures are built with timber building supplies. As with many other property maintenance projects, prevention is the key to reducing the onset of damage to your home, especially wood rot damage. Luckily, homeowners can identify and prevent wood rot by annually inspecting their structures.

Water Damage and Wood Rot

Seasonal changes leave homes susceptible to an onslaught of weather-related property damage, especially in the winter months. For instance, water-related issues are prominent in the winter. By checking regularly for water leaks around areas where wood is vulnerable, such as roofs, window sills and door frames, you can catch problems early and prevent further wood rot damage. When eavestroughs are not properly maintained, they can leave roofs at risk for water damage and wood rot. Look for stains on interior walls and ceilings to determine if you have a water leak on your roof.

How to Identify Wood Rot

Knowing areas of your property that are most at risk for wood rot is a critical first step to prevention. Look for wood that comes in contact with the ground or is exposed to water. To identify wood rot, look for brittle, warped, or dried-out wood with the grain appearing cracked. To determine dry rot, look for a cotton-like growth on wood, which indicates the presence of Mycelium growth. Other indicators might include a musty, fungal odour, dampness, and possibly a round, rust-like growth. If you identify a wood rot problem area, address the root cause of the damage and determine repair or replacement of the wood. Inspect roofs and eavestroughs to check for water damage. If these areas are not the cause, it could indicate an issue with the design of deck handrails, windows or door frames.

Look for areas of your home that have cracked or peeling paint, or faded wood stain that needs to be repainted or re-stained. Additionally, check joints and seams of outdoor wood structures such as decks to determine if water can get in. Caulk areas with acrylic latex caulk to lock out moisture. If any damage is visible to siding on your home, immediate correction can prevent the onset of wood rot to the exposed area.

When to Contact the Professionals

Some residential repair jobs are just too big for homeowners to tackle alone. Know when to contact an expert. These professionals know how to inspect your home for wood rot and dry rot, as well as make necessary repairs when damage is present.

Remember, the professionals at Paul Davis are ready to step in and help if your home is damaged by water. Not only do our experts know which products to use, they can also provide efficient, proven restoration services. Because when your structure has water damage, This Is No Time for Second Best®.