Wet Rot treatment for your property

Depending on the species of Wet Rot it is often dark in colour leaving timber with longitudinal cracking. Wet Rot can have a damp musty smell.

Wet Rot is caused by dampness through external defects such as leaking roofs, gutters and stone pointing. Radiator leaks can also provide the necessary moisture content to initiate a Wet Rot attack.

It is important to identify and treat Wet Rot as quickly as possible. If allowed to develop, Wet Rot can cause serious damage to timber structures.

Damp Stop will organise for a surveyor to inspect your property and assess the extent of any Wet Rot damage. We will determine if any timbers require treatment or replacement. Damp Stop will also carry out any remedial work and if necessary introduce measures such as ventilation to prevent Wet Rot from returning.

 

 

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Information on Wet Rot…

Wet Rot comes in many different species. The most common are Cellar Fungus (Coniophora puteana) and Mine Fungus (Fibroporia vaillantii).

Wet Rot generally attacks timber with higher moisture content than Dry Rot, typically in excess of 30%.

Unlike Dry Rot it can’t spread through masonry and will stop growing when the source of moisture is removed.

Timber affected by Dry Rot is often dark in colour and is left with longitudinal cracking. Often you won’t see Mycelium (white fungal strands) present but strands look like black fern like growths and can be seen on the surface of timbers. They are confined to the damp area and do not spread to adjoining dry timber.

Our surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection of the property to assess the extent of any Wet Rot damage and whether any timbers require treatment or replacement.

It is important to locate and eliminate the underlying source of the dampness responsible for the attack.

Exposure work may be required in order to ascertain the full extent of the Wet Rot outbreak prior to recommending the appropriate remedial, treatment works.

Remedial work will consist of removing all affected timber, carrying out in situ chemical treatments and replacing these items with suitable pre-treated timber.

Ventilation or a damp barrier between timber and masonry will may also be required.

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