Handyman Alpharetta – Avoid Wood Rot

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Handyman Alpharetta – Avoid Wood Rot

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Handyman AlpharettaOne of the most amazing and versatile building materials available is wood. It’s a wonderful insulator and has wonderful structural abilities to accept paint, stains and varnishes.

This super material does have an Achilles heel and that is rot.

The interesting thing is wood rot is only caused by one thing, Fungi, which is the simplest of all plant life. Microscopic fungus spores are all around us, in the breeze and landing all over our homes. Wherever they land they need exactly 4 conditions to be present in order for them to create rot.

Handyman Alpharetta – What Causes Wood Rot and How to Prevent It

The 4 Conditions That Rot Needs to Occur

  1. Substrate (Wood)
  2. Warmth
  3. Oxygen
  4. Moisture

How to Stop It

So, how do you stop wood rot? You can always remove wood from the equation but for most of us that would mean remove our entire house.
Also, here on earth there isn’t much we can do about eliminating oxygen or warmth. So, if we can’t get rid of the wood, oxygen or warmth there is only one thing left. We have to get rid of the moisture.

How to Keep Moisture Out of Your Home

1. Standing Water

If any part of your house gets too wet after a rain storm then that area is much more likely to rot. The water will find its way into joints and cracks in the paint and seep into the wood. This is the ideal situation to create rot.

Solution: If you have areas of your house susceptible to gather water redesign the elements so that water is shed off of them.

2. Bad Air Flow

Good airflow helps everything dry out faster and the faster things dry the less chance of rot. Also, wet shrubs directly against siding are a major cause of rot on many houses.

Solution: Make sure there is plenty of good airflow throughout your home. Also, trim back shrubs and trees from your house so that there is a enough room for some airflow between the two.

3. Old Paint 

Paint is a great layer of protection to help the surfaces of your house shed water and dirt. Although paint gets wet it still keeps the water (and fungus) from attacking the underlying wood.

Solution: Keep your house painted. Wood siding ideally should be repainted every 4 to 7 years to keep the home in optimal condition.

If you have a problem with wood rot call us! It is one of our specialties! Take care of it before it becomes an even bigger and more expensive problem.

Call Andy OnCall® Roswell/Gwinnett at (770) 640-6050 for all of your home improvement needs. 

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