Wood rot is an area of wood that has deteriorated to the point of being rotten enough to fall apart. This can be due to water damage, dry heat or even a combination of both. If wood is immersed in water for long periods of time and then dries in harsh hot conditions it could dry to the point of being rotten. This can be a major problem for property owners and those buying new property. If the wood has rotted away or is in the process of rotting away, the structure could very easily become unstable. This could lead to damage to the property and a safety hazard to those in the structure.
When purchasing a property or even if you have live in the home, you may want to consider a home inspector for the job of helping you locate wood rot. A professional can provide you with the best possible scenario and tell you how long it will be before the wood rot becomes a major problem. They will also be able to determine the cause of the problem and tell you if it is ongoing or if it was likely a one-time problem or flood.