Water damage to any property type is usually devastating for many reasons. Here, we’ll examine its deteriorating effects on wood.
Wood Rot due to water damage
Wood rot can occur to any house over a period of time. The rotting of wood components inside the home is caused by various type of fungi that are dormant in most lumber. When the fungi comes in contact with moisture, the chemical process of rotting is initiated wherein the rot fungi digests the proteins and sugars in the wood fiber, causing the wood to rot and weaken.
Wood rot comes in two types: wet and dry rot. In both types, the presence of moisture, oxygen, and warm temperature combined causes the wood to rot. Wet rot happens when moisture comes in direct contact with the wood surface. Dry rot fungi, on the other hand, have tentacles that extend far away from the source to tap into any moisture source, bringing back water to digest.
Rot can spread quickly and weaken the strength of the lumber. Apparent signs of rotting on wood are powdering, splintering, or coming apart in sheets. The process only stops in extreme temperature or when there’s no more moisture or wood to aid the digestion. Common sources of moisture that leads to wood rot are leaks in plumbing, seepage through the roof or siding, condensation, and poor drainage.
How to Prevent Wood Rot
There are certain building precautions that help prevent rot from setting in. If you’re worried about wood rot, start inspecting for water damage on the bases of wood frames and window sills. Garage doors, fascia boards, and soffits are also common areas for rot. Check your ceilings for stains. If you find discolored sections, this could indicate a leaky roof. Poor ventilation and plumbing leaks are likely causes of wood rot so check for these also.
Caulking is one method that can help prevent water from entering your home. Caulk around windows and doors, as well as around tubs and showers. Always make sure that your gutters are clear and free from any debris that could block water being carried away from your home. Pipes, basements, and crawlspaces should also checked periodically.
Wood Rot Repair and Restoration
The first step to dealing with wood rot is locating the problem areas. The presence of mildew or molds is usually an indication that wood components beneath are vulnerable to rotting. Probe the surrounding area with a screwdriver. If the wood is soft and easily penetrated, then it’s definitely begun to rot. In a lot of cases, replacement may be necessary. But sometimes, the damage is still manageable and can be handled by some professional restoration work. With the right tools and materials, there may be still components and sections that can be repaired and reinforced.
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