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Repairing Water Damage and Wood Rot in Doors

Doors have a high rate of wood rot due to backsplash from landing immediately below

Door thresholds, kick plates and surrounding trim are susceptible to wood rot. When water splashes up from the landing just below the door and gets into the cracks, and the wood doesn’t dry out, wood rot happens.

All exterior doors must have a landing in compliance with building code safety requirements. Typically there are only 8 inches between the landing and the door threshold, setting the stage for water to splash up and hit the house. Water run-off from the roof makes the problem worse by adding to the amount of water hitting the landing. That means even more water... 

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Estimating Repair Costs for Rotted Window Sills and Trim

Estimating home repair costs is challenging

When the extent of the damage is not visible, estimating home repair costs presents a challenge. One of the most common handyman projects is repairing rotted window sills. The  extent of the damage in these repairs is often hidden until the rotted wood is removed. Most wood rot is preventable if home owners understand how critical routine, annual maintenance is to protecting their home.

We are accustomed to protecting ourselves from getting wet, except when it’s fun and intentional, like at the beach or  pool. We use umbrellas when it rains. We put wet stuff in plastic instead of brown paper... 

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Does Your Home Need Any of These Wood Rot Repairs

wood rot is a common home repair

Everyone knows we’re getting lots more rain and snow than normal. Hopefully your house is watertight and none of the water has gotten inside your home. Because when water gets inside a house and doesn’t have a way to escape, you’re likely to get wood rot and that’s never good.

The worst part about wood rot is that it gets worse, year after year, so the sooner you find and make needed repairs, the less costly it will be.

So first you might want to understand how this happens. Wood rot is caused by wood destroying fungi that break down the wood cells... 

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Tops 12 Wood Rot Problems You Want to Fix Now!

wood rot can happen anywhere there's wood (food) and moisture

You’re sitting on your deck and happen to notice a few wood shavings in the corner and go over to see what’s going on. You probe with your finger and realize the wood is squishy, rotting and more of the crumbly stuff lands on the deck. Now you’re wondering what’s going on and what you should do?

Why Wood Rot Happens

Wood rot happens when 2 conditions exist – moisture levels reach/exceed 20 percent and where there is a food source (wood) for wood destroying fungi to grow. The average moisture content of building lumber ranges from 12 to 15% and heating... 

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Prevent Moisture, Mildew & Mold

It’s easy to take our water for granted, we just turn on the faucet or shower and we get all the water we want. We need water, but only in the right places. Standing water or high levels of humidity support the growth of mold and mildew which can cause trouble for your home and health problems for you and your family.

Molds and mildew are microscopic organisms that live wherever they can get food and water, i.e they’re living organisms like us. Even though we may have a negative association with mold and mildew, they do serve a purpose in... 

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Warm & Dry Bathrooms

Keep your bathroom warm and dry

Ever wonder what is was like a hundred years ago when homes didn’t have central heat or plumbing? These remain a luxury item for millions of people around the world while most Americans are able to take a nice, hot shower (or bath) every day.

Our bathrooms take good care of us, so we should take a few minutes to consider the care our bathrooms need from us. We make lots of short trips to the bathroom so this room gets more wear and tear than any other room in our house. Your bathroom has lots of moving parts – the... 

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Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Winter arrives with or without snow and ice so it's time to fix those little things indoors

Like bears who hibernate through the winter, we tend to spend more time inside our homes during the winter months. We hope you were diligent in preparing your home for winter with our earlier checklist as this month we’re focusing on things inside your house, things we often forget about with the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living.

We’ve created this table so you can focus on a few things each week or month. Safety is always a top priority and then you want to protect your home by minimizing any potential water (read wood rot) damage. Then it’s time to... 

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Winter Home Damage: Find, Clean & Repair

It's not easy to find water damage when hidden behind your home's siding

Spring is a beautiful time of year with new, fresh colors outdoors and the birds chirping to wake you up in the morning. For many of us it means we can get out in the garden and do what we love, working in the dirt and making things grow. Spring is about new things, new life and so it’s hard to …

Focus on cleaning up the damage that winter storms might have done to your home because that’s not much fun. As your handyman though, it’s my job to tell you it’s very important to find and make repairs to... 

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Umbrella’s and Staying Dry

Like an umbrella and raincoat, your home is protected from rain by the roof & siding

When it’s raining and you need to go out, you’re likely to pull out your raincoat or an umbrella. Just like an umbrella protects you from getting wet, the roof of your house directs the rain to the edges of the roof. Siding is like a raincoat providing a barrier so that water runs down the outside and doesn’t let the inside of your home get wet.

Keeping your home dry should be your second home maintenance priority, following safety which is always number one. Why? Because so much water damage can happen where you can’t see it, causing structural damage... 

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Basement Flooding & Cleaning Up

Most home owners assume their home is water tight, until the water gets in. If your home is normally dry, the water is coming in due to water rising in the ground surrounding your home, below the basement floor and in the soil pressing against your foundation walls. This water is under hydrostatic pressure and due to gravity, it will push through any weak areas like cracks, joints or other imperfections your your home’s foundation and we’ll address ways to reduce and/or manage future water inflow.

Steps to Cleaning Up a Wet Basement

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It’s important to address water in... 

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