Wood decay, also known as wood rot, is a wood-damaging type of fungus that, if left untreated, can do some serious damage to your home. Some areas of a property are more vulnerable to wood decay than others. But if you are not familiar with this type of fungus, how do you know where to look for it? In this discussion, we are going to talk about why wood rot grows and where you might discover it in your home.
In order to survive, wood rot needs moisture, oxygen, and some type of food source. It does well in damp, warm conditions, although it can live in many different types of environments. Wood rot should not be confused with other wood-destroying problems, such as termites or carpenter ants, so it is generally best to have the issue diagnosed by an expert. That being said, here is a brief list of some of the most common areas in your home where you will find wood rot:
Decks are at high risk for wood rot, especially support posts and decking on the exterior ground floor.
Wood that is in contact with soil, masonry, or concrete.
The foundations of the home are at risk of wood rot, particularly if there is inadequate grading which would cause water to pool around the house.
Bathroom subfloors can experience wood rot. You will want to pay particular attention to the surroundings of toilets and bathtubs, corroded plumbing fixtures, and leaks in piping.
Windows or sliding doors that have not been properly installed may also start to experience wood rot.
Roof penetrations that have damaged roof flashing are also vulnerable places.
Although this is a short list of the many places you could experience wood rot in your home, it highlights the need to have your home regularly inspected, so that you can discover a problem like this before it gets out of hand.