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A wooden fence adds classic appeal to your home and provides safety and security. However, many Austin homeowners have experienced the nightmare of a rotting fence. With proper care and maintenance, rot can be delayed. But before we discuss some tips to do that, let us understand the different types of rot that can ail your wooden fence.

Types of Rots

Wet Rot

Thanks to the rain, snow, or irrigation water for your garden, your wooden fence gets exposed to much water. Since soil holds water well, the lower part of your fence comes in contact with water, a favorable growth environment for Cellar fungus that causes wet rot.

Wet rot occurs when the wood absorbs more than fifty percent water. It’s easy to recognize wet rot. Wet-rot-affected wood feels spongy or soft upon touching. Sometimes, the wood beneath the painted exterior goes soft, while the outer surface appears intact. You will also observe a damp smell near your fence.

Dry Rot

Dry or brown rot occurs when wood absorbs twenty percent moisture. The fungus that causes brown rot draws moisture from a wet area to dry areas, spreading the damage.

Dry rot-affected wood shows deep cracks in the grain pattern. The wood acquires an abnormal brown color and easily crumbles when touched. You can also see white, wool-like mycelium of fungus growing on the wood.

White Rot

Yet another fungus that’s the enemy of your wooden fence, white rot, primarily affects hardwood fences. The wood turns into a solid, string-like material with an abnormal white or yellow color.

How to Prevent Fence Rot?

These precautions will go a long way in treating stem rot-

Choose wood species resistant to fungal attacks, like redwoods, Cyprus, oak, etc. You can also go for pressure-treated wood, whereby preservatives are forced into the insides of the wood. The preservatives ward off the attacks of fungus and insects.

Use bleach and water to clean your fence. You can also use a low-pressure hose. Regular cleaning will keep your fence free from rot throughout the seasons.

Raw wood tends to absorb water, so ask for a coat of stain to be applied when you get the fence installed. Depending on the surroundings, the stain should be reapplied every one to three years.

Ensure the fence is installed correctly; the posts should not directly contact the soil. If you hire skilled professionals, this will be taken care of.

If you observe one or few rot-affected posts, quickly replace them before the fungus spreads to more posts. After that, apply a fresh coat of paint on the entire fence.

While the rotting of a fence is a common problem, it’s entirely possible to prevent it. Measures were taken during installation time, and timely intervention on rot attacks can help minimize the damage.

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