Condensation Moisture – Ants Crawling Out Corner Of Window Sill? Have you noticed signs of timber rot in the corners of your window sills?
One on the ‘red flags’ that will normally catch my eye when doing a home moisture inspection, is when the window sill has a soft spot up against the window joinery OR if ants are crawling out of the sill in the area.
Recently during a home inspection, I detected signs of moisture under a window. Without hesitating, I pulled off the gib board on the spot. Here’s what I detected (Dark area in bottom right corner indicates a potential issue)
What did I find behind this area?
Ant nests, black mold, rotted timber and all the things you don’t want to see if you own the home. Who else was there? The tenant, the tenant had 3 kids and went into a panic due to the unhealthy aspect of the home… like black mold spores floating into the air etc.
The message here is that if you own a home or is rented out, and it’s built between 1992-2004, then you should consider a moisture ‘check up’ to detect potential problems caused by joinery leaks and window condensation… before the whole wall rots due to gradual leak damage!