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Wet Rot

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What is Wet Rot?

One of the most common forms of timber decay, wet rot is a wood-destroying fungus that forms from very damp timber. Compared dry rot, wet rot requires a significantly higher moisture content to grow continuously. Thriving in moisture content between 30% - 60%, wet rot can cause serve structural damage if not adequately treated.

If you have concerns your home or business could be experiencing issues with wood rot, arrange for an experienced wood rot specialist to visit your property. Using the latest diagnostic technology, our locally based surveyors are highly qualified in identify and treating against wet rot. To arrange a thorough wet rot survey with our experienced team, contact us today on 0800 0121 437 or complete our online contact form below.

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What Causes Wet Rot?

Wet rot occurs as a result of high-level moisture content. Wet rot fungus needs a continuous source of moisture to continuous germinate and thrive.

Thriving under a continuous damp source, structural defects, broken plumbing or guttering can create the right conditions for wet rot to develop.

The Differences Between Wet Rot and Dry Rot

Wet rot and Dry rot share many similar characteristics. They are both wood-destroying fungi that can impact the structural integrity of your property if left unchecked. Both require a significant amount of moisture to start growing. While dry rot, contrary to the name, does require a source of moisture wet rot requires a continuous source of moisture in comparison.

While dry rot spreads in search of more timber to decay, wet rot remains localised to the source of the moisture, making it a lot easier to treat.

How to Identify Wet Rot?

  • Damp Musty Smell - A common sign of damp in properties

  • Darkened Spongy Timber - Affected timber will appear discoloured compared to neighbouring timber

  • Loss of Timber Strength - The texture of effected timber will be soft and spongy, almost bouncy when pressed

  • Localised Fungus Growth - Fungal growth will appear next to the moisture source as the fungus does not spread into the masonry

  • Water Ingress Problems - If your property has experienced issues with damp or leaks in the past, there is a chance wet rot could have contaminated timber under the floorboards or in the wooden beams

Wet Rot Treatment

Before wet rot treatment can begin, the source of the moisture is identified and fixed first before treatment on the affected timber to prevent reoccurring outbreaks.  During our wet rot treatment plan, our team of expert surveyors and technicians aim to:

  • Remove the moisture source and promote rapid drying
  • Repair and replace any damaged timbers
  • Kill off the existing infestation
  • Prevent further attack

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Contact the Experts in Property Care

If you suspect or are unsure if your property could have wet rot problems, we are here to help. Our team of locally-based experts are experienced in identifying, removing and treating against wet rot of any size.

Get in touch with our team by giving us a call on 0800 0121 437 or complete our click on the link below to arrange a call back with us.

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