for Water Damage
Water damage can be easy
to find, but it can also be hard to find.
However, to start out...stat looking at
all doorway entries. Tap subfloor, probe
when possible & listen for soft or
delaminating sheathing. At door entries
on decks or concrete stoops where door
threshold is within inches of the sur face.
Water and snow can back up and seep under
the threshold. Check toe kick, subfloor,
and other trims. Lack of drip caps over
wood trim, windows or doors. These areas
are susceptible to water infiltration.
Vertical trim that runs to
the ground or concrete where the capillaries
of the wood can absorb the water. This
is referred to as wicking and is very common
at garage doors and entry doors. Any siding
or trim that is close to or touching the
ground or concrete. This can cause damage
to wood siding as well as to the sheathing
and framing in the wall.
|Termites may create
an undetectable path as well. Columns
or post resting on concrete without
a pad, can soak water into the capillaries,
and may rot. Roof sheathing due to;
ice damming, leaves clogging and where
there is no drip edge at the gutters.
Tongue and groove porch flooring at
the end grain. Closed in porches with
the flooring is still exposed to the
outside. In the attic, at the gable
ends and at the bottom near the soffits
look for water stains or rotting at
the sheathing from the end grain.
In the attic sheathing at
plumbing vents, around chimneys, skylights
and other roof penetrations. Wood exposed
to the south side or a lot of direct sun.
Any wood exposed to continuous dampness.
Damp or wet crawl spaces can promote fungus,
mildew and lead to rot. Any wood trim especially
at the end grains. Exterior trims which
are not back-primed or sealed at the end
We hope that you have
found this article helpful. Please
us if you have questions. This
article is to give you an idea of what
to look for. It is always recommended
that you hire or consult with a professional
and licensed contractor.