Your home’s wood fence is an investment that can last many years with proper maintenance and care. However, considering that your wood fence is outside, constantly enduring the outdoor elements throughout the seasons, such as rain and snow water damage, is a concern. Water and wood are a terrible mixture that can cause many problems for your wood fence, including mold, rotting, and structural damage. Listed below are three signs that your wood fence has water damage.
Mold usually indicates that your fence has water damage. Mold typically accumulates in areas with a lot of moisture. If you notice mold accumulating on your wood fence, it should be addressed immediately. Along with being an eyesore, mold is a safety hazard and can cause significant damage to the structure of your wood fence when left untreated. Cleaning or pressure washing your fence on low are the easiest methods for removing mold.
If your wood fence has endured excessive moisture, it can begin to wet rot. Wet rot is the name used to describe rotting caused by excessive exposure to moisture. When your wood fence begins to wet rot, it can cause a wide range of issues, including:
- A musty odor near your fence
- Wood that feels spongy or soft
- Discoloration in areas of wood
- Fungus growth
- Flaky or damaged surfaces on a painted fence
- Warped fence slats or posts
When wet rot dries out, it can cause your fence to crumble or crack under slight pressure.
Fallen pieces from your fence can indicate many issues, especially water damage. If you’re beginning to notice fallen fence panels outside of your home, it’s advised that you have them repaired immediately while also inspecting the remaining panels and the integrity of your fence for mold, cracking, rotting, or any other damage. If you notice any of those things, your fence probably has water damage. A fallen fence can leave your home vulnerable and diminish your privacy, compromising your home’s safety and security.
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