Wood rot is a persistent problem that can eventually lead to structural damage. This is especially the case if the infected wood parts have been left untreated for some time. Here are some tips on how you can prevent wood rot from occurring in your home.
Know the Common Causes of Rot
It’s good to have an understanding of how rot develops in wooden materials. This way, you’ll get a better idea of how to properly care for your home. Typically, rot is the result of four basic factors: wood, oxygen, warmth and moisture. When these elements are present, fungi can grow and decompose the wood by using the cellulose and lining in the wood. This is how wood often ends up looking intact, but upon closer inspection, it is actually soft and rotten.
When planning for the maintenance of your home’s wood parts, it’s best to focus on the elements that you can possibly control. Oxygen and temperature are difficult to control, so you have to pay close attention to the moisture levels around certain parts of your home. Keep moisture at bay so that you can prevent or delay the decomposition of your home.
Pay Attention to the Usual Trouble Spots
Look out for the most common trouble spots. Make it a point to do a visual inspection of your home at least once a year. Check if there are cracks and holes in the caulking around your doors, windows and dryer vents. Inspect the areas under the eaves, around your fireplace and on interior ceilings to see if there are leak stains. Have a look at your gutters and downspouts, too. Leaking and sagging in these parts should be addressed immediately, either through repair or replacement. While gutter work can be easy DIY jobs sometimes, it’s still best to consult experts so as to prevent errors in diagnosing problems and identifying long-term solutions.
Invest in Preventive Maintenance
Clichéd as it is, prevention is always better than cure. That’s why you should invest time and effort in performing maintenance routines on a regular basis. The cost of doing maintenance work is a lot cheaper than repairs or replacements. By simply cleaning your gutters, for example, you can prevent clogs that could cause water to spill onto your fascia and siding.
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