Homes, as we know, are in need of continuous maintenance if we are to avoid huge costs down the line. One area where a homeowner could see a lot of damage is with wood. Some of this damage could be caused by wood decay, also known as wood rot. Wood rot is a type of fungus that destroys wood. We shouldn’t confuse this with termite or carpenter ant damage, however. Wood rot is pretty hardy and can survive in a lot of conditions, but it really thrives in areas that are warm and damp.
When we think of what wood rot needs in order to survive, moisture, a food source and oxygen, its easy to see why there are a lot of areas throughout a house where wood rot could be found. Here are a few areas that could be vulnerable:
- Plumbing leaks and around corroded plumbing fixtures
- Sub flooring around toilets and bathtubs
- Roof penetrations with damaged or incorrect flashing
- Wood that comes into direct contact with masonry, soil or concrete
- Foundation cracks
- Decking support posts or ground floor level decking.
- Areas beneath windows or poorly installed sliding doors
- Areas around a foundation where water pools due to inadequate grading on the property.
Perhaps after seeing this short list of vulnerable areas, you are concerned about wood rot in your home. Why not have it inspected to know for sure if wood rot is becoming a problem in your home? This way, you can address the problem before it becomes too big.