Interior Wood Water Damage And Termites
By Greg Vanden Berge
When I mention the word water damage, or even hear it
mentioned by someone else, I can only imagine the amount of money that
someone is going to have to pay to replace the damaged wood, that quite
possibly could have been prevented, simply by repairing the original
problem, that was creating the water leak.
Interior wood water damage isn't much different than exterior wood water damage.
The biggest problem is that the wood is still damaged and water was the culprit. If you have an area, that is continually wet in your home or only becomes wet, after it rains for a while, you need to find the problem and repair it as soon as possible.
It's simple, you can pay me now or pay me later is the best way that I can describe anything, that remains wet for long periods of time, in your home. If I'm not replacing termite damaged wood, I am usually replacing wood that was wet and attracted large colonies of termites.
Interior wood that’s water damaged, will rot all by itself, if given enough time. However, wet wood attracts termites and if the wood is wet long enough, you could have termites throughout most of your house.
One time I replaced a window in my house. I had replaced a few two by fours that were termite damage, only to find out a year later, when I was adding a two-story room addition to my home, the new piece of wood, had a termite trail running the entire length of the 2 x 4.
This was because, there was a small roof leak, directly above the corner near the window. Keep this in mind, wet wood attracts termites. It might not happen every time, but it does happen.
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