Have you noticed water pooling on your windowsills, or even a damp, musty smell coming from a certain area of the room? Water damage and wood rot are silent dangers of the home. Unfortunately, you don’t realize there’s an issue until it’s too late, and there’s a lot more internal damage than you thought possible. It can become an expensive fix. However, there are ways to detect water damage, and the beginnings of wood rot early, giving you plenty of time to fix the issue. Here’s what you need to know:
What is wood rot?
Wood rot happens when wood becomes exposed to moisture for an extended period. It is a combination of water and fungal growth that spreads over the rotten wood. The microscopic organisms of this combination will grow and move from structure to structure. The most common reasons that cause wood rot are:
- Exposure to the weather, particularly wet weather
- Damage to the roof or siding
- An improper installation
- Gutters are clogged
- The windowsill or door frame has a crack
- There’s inadequate draining around the house
What are some of the signs?
Detecting wood rot as early as possible is vital for saving your home, money, and your health. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:
- Exterior Damage: Look for holes or cracks along the side and foundation of the house. Even if you have aluminum or vinyl siding, water can still find its way into the home. Check for other spots like the door frames, windows, roofing, etc.
- Wood Damage: Wood damage can consist of splintering, cracks, discoloration, and shrunken size. All of these can be cause for concern because the rotting process has already started breaking down the cellulose of the wood. The strength has been compromised, making it a hazard.
- Fungal Growth & Spores: If there is fungal growth, you’ll notice a cottony texture or a silky grey growth on the wood. If spores are present, you will see white, yellow, or purple patches littering the rotting wood.
- Musty Smell: Often, you’re pretty away of the smell of your home. Even if you can’t necessarily see the damage, you’ll be able to pick up on the musty smells of the wood decay.
- Flaking Paint: Another sign to look out for is the paint on the walls will start flaking off the surface. You might also notice the paint cracking, bubbling, and blistering.
- Insects: Insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and more thrive in dark wet places. Wet, rotting wood is a perfect spot for them to feast and live. Unfortunately, your wood will have even more damage with these pests because they will burrow and chew up the wood without a second thought.
If you suspect that your home has damage from wood rot, give Power House Painting a call!