Wood rot in a home is not a good thing so what locations throughout a house would be more likely to suffer? Fungi need three things to survive, moisture, a food supply and oxygen. There are numerous locations around a home that could supply these things. One likely area is underneath windows and doors, also under sliding glass doors that have been incorrectly installed. You could also find it in sub-floors around toilets, tubs and also around corroded plumbing fixtures.
Ground floor decking, stairs and deck support posts are other areas where wood decay might happen. Roof penetrations that have incorrect flashing should also be looked at for signs of decay. Wood that has direct contact with soil, masonry or concrete is another area to watch. It is a good idea to think about how moisture can affect wood and cause this type of rot. Inadequate grading can lead to pooling water around the home’s foundation, plumbing leaks, cracks in the foundation and incorrectly installed or damaged flashing, these are all areas that could likely see wood decay.
So, what can you do if you are worried about wood decay in your home? One of the best things to do is have the home inspected for signs or areas where wood rot is likely. In this way you can start to treat or even look at prevention methods for wood rot.