Having rotten wood in the structures of your home can inevitably lead to severe damage and completely destroy your house’s foundation, causing the need for foundational repair. And unfortunately, there’s only so much you can do to prevent it. Wood rot can occur for any reason- heat, moisture, fungi, and even your pets can contribute to an untimely disaster.
On top of that, wood rot is extremely difficult to discover and it can go unnoticed for a very long time. When damage happens to our homes it’s usually very easy to spot what’s wrong, such as water damage or a fire that turned the inside of your home into a mess. Unless you go looking for wood rot, you won’t find it. If you suspect wood rot, fortunately, our professional team can come check for it. And if you do have wood rot, we can easily handle this stressful time for you and get you back in your home safe and comfortable.
What causes wood rot?
Like previously mentioned, your home can fall victim to wood rot for many reasons- all it needs is some time and contributing factors such as moisture. When moisture is retained in the wood, fungi grows and can spread at an alarming rate. And unfortunately, almost everywhere in your home is susceptible to this process because water can collect in so many places- window sills, underneath sinks, outside of any door, by the showers, on your roof, etc. When this moisture builds up over time, the chances for wood rot increases.
You found out you have wood rot, how is it fixed?
The process of repairing and replacing rotten wood can be a relatively cheap process, so you don’t have to worry too much about breaking your savings account to life safely. Most wood rot repairs cost less that $1000, but prices usually range between $100-$2500. The first step is to have our team do a walk-through of your home and find the damaged wood. This search will be very thorough and every area that is destroyed from rot will be discovered in order to prevent further spreading.
The process can be lengthy if the wood rot is very prominent, but our experts dedicate their time to repairing or completely replacing the wood that has been eaten away by mold and the process will prevent your home from potentially being damaged beyond repair.
How can wood rot be prevented now that you have a brand new and mold-free structure?
Wood rot is a phenomenon that happens naturally over time, and even more so in places that are very humid and wet. Wood is the main backbone of almost every house, so it can be tricky to make sure it stays away. However, there are a few ways to prevent it no matter what climate you live in and how old your house is.
There is no way for you to remove fungus spores, but you can prevent them from happening by:
- Draining and drying wet areas: Mold thrives with moisture, and all it takes to lower the chances of wood rot developing is by keeping places dry that accumulate water regularly.
- Treating the wood: Products applied to wood such as paint, sealers, stains, and caulking can prevent wood from developing fungi. This is something that may have been overlooked when your house was being built.
- Increase the airflow: The best way to remove moisture that develops both quickly or over time is to keep the air in your home moving.