Out of sight, out of mind.  Because of window treatments and blinds, most of us don’t even notice that we are having wood being damaged by excess water.  The video below shows you how to repair water damaged wood in bathroom and kitchen.  Click on the middle of the video below to play the full video:

How to Repair Water Damaged Wood in Bathroom and Kitchen

So let’s get right into it.  Let’s first figure out why this could be happening to you.  Excess water on wood trim and window sashes have to come from somewhere.  But where?  Typically it’s from poor ventilation, too much water pooling on the bathroom floor, or water being splashed constantly in the kitchen near the sink.  

How do we repair water damaged wood trim?

  • Let’s get off any loose or flaking stain or paint.
  • If you have mold, this must be treated.
  • If the water damage is too bad that the wood has become much darker in color, this must be treated more extensively.  You have to sand, then treat the wood with bleach to pull that darkness out of the wood
  • After the surface is clean and dry, you will need to apply a stain and sealer, and then a top coat.
    • Sometimes you can do this with a simple touch-up method.  Other times, it just pays to go and treat and stain the whole window for that over-all finished look.

Water damage can also effect your ceiling and you may need to repair drywall. 

TIP:  Check the humidity in your home.  If water is condensing on the window, you will have problems down the road and need to repair water damaged wood trim.  Dial down that humidity if needed.  

TIP:  If water is condensing in the bathroom on the windows, then you will probably need to replace your ceiling exhaust fan for a more updated model.

TIP: Make sure to properly caulk the areas around tile and woodwork where water could potentially leak in. This will help prevent lots of different water issues.  

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Final recap – Put on your calendar twice a year to go and check on all your windows in your home.  But especially check the bathroom and kitchen windows.  If you notice excess water or wood starting to either look worn down or darker than normal, then you have issues happening.  You can address what is causing it and fix it.  And it is just a matter of repairing water damaged wood trim.  If you repair the wood trim quick enough, it won’t be an issue.  If you wait too long, you might have to repair the wood pieces all together.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your water damaged wood in the bathroom and kitchen repaired, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Orland Park, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Orland Hills, Palos Park, St. John IN, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.