Windows are a prime location for wood rot and mold to develop. Most rotting and mold is a result of moisture contact for prolonged period of time.
While wood rot may be result in a poor functioning window, it is not always the cause of leaks in your home. Leaks often occur through openings in the roof or wall structure. Regardless of the course of the leak, leaking and wood rotting are both major problems that should be addressed quickly.
Recognizing Wood Rot
There are two traditional forms of wood rot: brown rot and white rot. The brown rot is known for its brown discoloration. It causes wood frames to crack in a manner than is cube like. While white rot does not have the cracking appearance, fibrous sponginess is visible.
Streaks may also be visible on your walls, showing the presence of moisture, although it is possible for this to come from other areas of your home. It is virtually impossible to see the extend of the damage and mold of wood rot unless you remove the entire window.
Untreated Wood Rot: Potential Dangers
While it might not look like anything is severely wrong with your window, rotten frames are a critical concern for several reasons.
- If wood rot is left untreated, the window frames can start to grow mold. The growth and spread of mold is extremely harmful to the structure and inhabitants of a home.
- Rotting occurs when wood absorbs moisture. It is very possible for this mold to spread and can affect much more than the immediate area around the window.
If you begin to notice signs that look like wood rot, contact a professional for an inspection right away.