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Wet rot, whilst typically not as difficult to eradicate as dry rot, certainly does occur more often and can nevertheless cause severe damage within your property.   The rot attacks timber in damp conditions and if allowed to go unchecked or without wet rot treatment, can be a common cause of structural defects within a property. 

How wet rot occurs

In order to grow, wet rot requires a regular source of moisture that can often result from sources of defective plumbing, gutters, downpipes or stone pointing. The moisture together with the presence of wood can allow wet rot spores to germinate and grow that will eventually lead to the timber losing its strength.  You can find out a bit more information about how wet rot occurs and what wet rot is by visiting our 'what is wet rot' web page.

Why wet rot can be a problem

Unsightly and smelly, if wet rot is left to continue, the growth process of wet rot will eventually remove the strength from the timber it encounters in a similar fashion to that of dry rot.  Over time, timber may become dangerously unsafe.

How to spot wet rot

Typical indications for identifying wet rot include:

  • A damp musty smell
  • Cracking and softening of timber that is often discoloured, distorted and possibly losing its strength.
  • You may notice some fungal growth

The above is just a general summary.  For more information, visit our how to identify wet rot web page for additional help and advice.  Alternatively, contact Wise Property Care to gain an insight and some free and helpful advice.

How to fix a wet rot problem

Thankfully wet rot decay is typically confined to areas where the timber has become and remains wet.  However, it is not a case of just fixing the initial wet rot.  You have to fix the source of the water ingress to ensure that the wet rot does not re-appear.  After the source of the water has been identified, treatment of wet rot can continue which generally involves the replacement of timber within the infected area.  For more detailed information however, you can visit our wet rot treatment web page

Certainly, a professional property survey will be able to identify and reveal the full scope of any wet rot problem and the sources of any water ingress.  Using specialist surveying tools, wet rot can be surveyed even in unexposed areas within a property.  If a property survey reveals the presence of wet rot then the appropriate wet rot treatment will be recommended. 

Wet rot treatment and solutions

Wet rot treatment & solutions

Wet rot treatment and solutions for eradicating the wet rot problem.

Wet rot treatment



Wet rot property survey

Wet rot survey

If you are unsure if you have a wet rot problem or another rot related issue, organise a no obligation wet rot property survery.  Click to find out more about our property surveys.

Wet rot property survey

Suspect wet rotSpeak to a wet rot specialist

If you suspect you might have wet rot, contact Wise Property Care on 0800 65 22 678 or find your local branch and speak to our team for help and advice. 

Alternatively contact us online using our contact form for help, advice or to arrange a property survey.

Further wet rot information and help

For additional help and information regarding wet rot, check out the following web pages:

  • How to identify wet rot: Information on how to identify a wet rot issue within your property
  • What is wet rot: More in-depth information as to what wet rot is and how it occurs
  • Dry rot: Unsure if you have a dry or wet rot issue.  Visit our information page on dry rot to find out more on the subject.