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.
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.
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Further wet rot information and help
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