Preventing Wood Rot- What Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted by Ewood Care on 9/22/2014

Wood rot and decay are common problems associated with structures made from wood. Whether these are wooden windows and doors or log cabins, wood rot and decay often crop up and frustrate homeowners who value the classic looks of their property. As a property owner who values the structural integrity of wood, it’s critical that understanding of the material, care and pro-active ownership should be part of the plan. It’s crucial to understand the material, and what causes wood rot and decay, and appropriate treatment products and solutions to use when maintaining the structural integrity of the property in question.

Keep Moisture At Bay

Homeowners traditionally place the blame on termites and other insects. However, these aren't the primary culprits involved in the decay and rotting of the wooden materials. The primary cause is moisture, thus it’s critical to control the exposure of wood to moisture. According to experts, wood decay fungi often thrive in wood with high concentration of moisture, a concentration of at least 20 percent. So don’t be surprised to discover that green and unseasoned lumber normally succumbs to early rotting and decay due to a high concentration of moisture.

Prevention Is A Critical First Step

Just like in other home improvement projects, prevention is always better than repairs and maintenance. And when it comes to prevention tricks, it’s critical to pay attention to the quality of wood used in windows, doors or even the walls. If the wooden materials are susceptible to rotting and decay, consider materials that are decay-resistant or at least treat the wood with appropriate chemicals and solutions. Borate-based wood preservatives are commercially available that can be applied after doors and windows have been installed, and can help stop rotting on its tracks and prevent its recurrence for years. Adequate ventilation is also critical when it comes to managing moisture that causes wood decay and rotting. This can be done by building on a well-drained site or providing adequate cross-ventilation. Professional Repair/Replacement Services Or A DIY Project When there’s excessive rotting and decay, there’s no other option but to take drastic action. This can be done by first identifying the area where moisture started, and cutting the affected area. When cutting the affected wood part, cut by at least one foot away from the rotten part. Never add or connect a new wooden material to a decaying part of the wood. And just before adding a new wood, make sure to treat the material first, and install with appropriate ventilation in mind.

Wood and decay are intertwined, and without proper understanding and preparation, the combination can undermine structural integrity of your wood-based property. As a property owner, it’s always best to understand the nature of the material, and learn ways on how to take care and maintain the material.