Types of Wood Water Damage

Water damage to wood can be extensive and there are a few different types of damage that can occur.

Types

Some water damage is more obvious to spot than others.

Types of water wood damage include dry rot, mildew, mold, fungus, buckling, crowning and cupping. These are all caused by the wood absorbing water, and the type of damage will depend on how long the wood has been wet.

Features

Water-damaged wood will be likely become warped and twisted. You may also see discoloration as well as cracking and splitting of the wood.

Identification

You will be able to identify mold, mildew and fungus from water damage on wood because there will be a film that will spread over the wood. There also may be patches of dark spots that will leave holes and dips in the wood.

Effects

The effects of water damage on wood can be expensive and expansive. If the water damage occurs to a home's walls or foundation, the entire home could be in jeopardy. Inside the honme, wood-damaged doors will not close properly and there can also be permanent stains and marks.

Prevention/Solution

To prevent water damage to wood, make sure there are no leaks around your home; the foundation must be sealed and solid. Do not leave wet items on wood and keep wood furniture away from water heaters or other appliances where heat is combined with moisture.

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Crissi Enger has been freelance writing for five years on a variety of topics and subjects. She has a bachelor's degree from UNLV in both theater and English. Enger has been published on such sites as eHow, Associated Content, Bukisa, and Shvoong.