Despite all efforts taken to protect your Charlotte home from rotting wood, in all likelihood some measure of decay fungi is currently at work on your home. It can happen anytime and anytime and anywhere, even on new homes. And it is not limited to outdoor decking or other exterior areas that come into regular contact with water. Moisture can find its way into the most inconspicuous places. If you haven’t recently cleaned and secured your roofing drainage system, clogged gutters may at this very moment be a breeding ground for wood rotting fungi.
The first signs of rot or decay usually show up in the form of cracks or at seams where two pieces of wood meet. Rot is most commonly discovered along the trimmings of doors, window frames, windowsills, and etc. Caused by minute fungi, wood decay can become one of the most expensive home repairs in your budget. And even though the fungi are mere microscopic threads, noticing a cluster is rather easy. Not all fungi induce wood decay, but all should be treated as quickly as possible. This means you must:
- Eliminate the cause
- Repair the damage
- AND take reliable preventive measures to stop future occurrences.
Replacing clogged gutters is expensive, but not near so costly as repairing rotted fascia, soffit, rafters and other exterior and interior Charlotte home roofing components is far more costly. Better still: Clear your gutters and install a reliable gutter guard system.
Repairing Wood Rot
The process of repairing wood rot can be a bit too involved and possibly too dangerous for the average homeowner. If you’ve only performed basic home repairs, you may be better off hiring a home repair contractor. In order to prevent water from re-entering affected areas, the pros work with special wood epoxy products. First the wood rotted surface needs to be removed completely. Second, the putty-like wood epoxy is filled in and sanded down to the appropriate size.
When it becomes too difficult to remove all of the wood rot, there is an alternative product known as a “consolidant.” This material is injected into the fibers of the wood using a highly advanced liquid compound, which reinforces the infected wood. Rightly applied “consolidant” essentially replaces the damaged portion of the wood with a higher density and water-resistant material. In order for “consolidant” to perform as expected, rotted wood must be completely dried out before work begins.
If you do decide to undertake this repair on your own, be very careful when utilizing these epoxy formulas. They can cause very serious skin damage and are toxic when inhaled. These industrial-strength super glues will also ruin any surface that they were not intended to come in contact with.
Preventing Future Wood Rot
No matter how well the repair goes, if you don’t fix the problem creating the symptom in the first place, then you’ll just end up with wood rot sometime again in the future. Check all cracks and trimmings that have caulking, make sure the seal is strong, or replace it with acrylic latex caulking. Problematic plumbing or fixtures may also need attention if the wood rot is located nearby. Moisture can travel some distance if there is a leak that can run along a compromised seal or cracking. Replacing of any moldings with more water-resistant versions in the kitchen, bathrooms, or laundry rooms can also keep moisture in-check. If poorly installed or clogged gutters are causing the problem, that too must be corrected.
If your experience with leaks and wood rot is one with extensive history, it might be worth investing in new pressure treated wood solutions for the outside as well as the inside the home. Borates have been discovered to be a safe, non-toxic solution to protecting your wood, and this solution can be applied as simply as using a spray-attachment on your garden hose. Borates is an all-natural mineral solution that coats the wood to prevent moisture from entering, as well as borrowing insects like termites and carpenter ants.
If you need additional information, gutter cleaning or any other guidance, contactRight Way Exterior Solutions. From roofing to siding, and all the in-betweens, we have a thirty-plus year history of providing quality Charlotte home exterior repairs and installs.