Home Repairs – Rotted Structural Members

home repairs, rotted corner postHome repairs are needed to maintain the value of your home. Occasionally simple home repairs take a turn for the worst and home owners are hit with a major repair.

While making a few home repairs on this ten year old home we discovered rotted structural members (see photo) while replacing a small section of a rotted corner board. The effected structural members included the sills, box sills, shoe, corner post and half a dozen studs rotted up about a foot.

Home Repairs – Cause

home repairs - rotted corner post repairedRot happens, even to newer and the best of houses. Water intrusion running down the sheathing behind the cedar clapboards caused these rotted structural members compounded by ants. Wet wood acts like a magnet to ants who prefer to establish their nests in areas where wood has been exposed to severe moisture.

After calling in the exterminator we could proceed with supporting the 2nd floor and opening up the rest of the affected area. Once all the rotted wood was removed and replaced we could then get this home repair back together and get a fresh coat of paint on the cedar clapboards and trim boards.

Home Repairs – Prevention

The best way to prevent structural rot is early detection. Take a look at your trim boards, corner boards and siding to see if there are any signs of rot. Call Handyman Repair Pro for a professional assesment and make those home repairs before they become a major project.

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