Nothing is more disheartening than seeing your beautiful wooden deck, fence, porch, roof, and more slowly rotting out. Not only is it unsightly, but it can be extremely dangerous to the structure of the wood; especially if the rotting is closer to the ground. It can overall be an issue of health and safety for your family. How does wood even get the point where it starts to rot? In this blog, we’re going to break down what wood rot is, how it happens, and ways to prevent it from happening to your structures.
What is wood rot?
When too much moisture interacts with wood, that’s when wood rot becomes an issue. It’s a mold that forms because of that extra moisture that slowly works its way through whatever wood it can find. The mold severely weakens the wood because it’s essentially eating away at it. This can be extremely dangerous because at any time the wood will become weak and collapse.
How can water get into the wood in the first place?
There are a number of reasons why wood is compromised by water. If the wood is exposed, the sealant used to protect the wood might have worn down enough to allow water in. If the wood is inside a structure such as a roof, water may have gotten in because of damage to the roof or there’s not enough ventilation in the attic. You also might have a pipe that’s been leaking. Even a small amount of moisture can cause an issue for wood if it pools, and cannot dry quickly.