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How big a problem is Wet rot?

While wet rot should not to be confused with the more servere timber conition dry rot,  it still has the potential to cause substantial damage to your property. Wet rot attacks timber in damp conditions and this makes it is a common cause of structural defects particularly when allowed to go unchecked with no wet rot treatment programme in place. 

How wet rot occurs

In order to grow, wet rot requires a regular source of moisture. This often comes from sources like defective plumbing, gutters, downpipes or stone pointing. When excess moisture infiltrates timber it can allow fungal spores to germinate and grow, this eventually leads to the timber losing its strength. You can find more information on this process on our 'what is wet rot' web page.

wet rot - Spotting the signs

Typical indications of wet rot include:

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

Identify Wet Rot

The signs above are just a summary. Click below for more information on identifying wet rot.

Identify Wet Rot

Wet Rot v Dry Rot

Both conditions are damp related but they are very different in appearance and severity.

Wet Rot v Dry Rot

How to fix a wet rot problem

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 damage the wet rot has caused.  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 and fixed, treatment of wet rot can continue. Wet rot treatment generally involves the replacement of timber within the infected area.

If you are still unsure if your property is suffering from wet rot, 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 in unexposed areas within a property such as behind walls or below floorboards. Find out more in the links below:

Wet rot treatment

If you suspect your property is suffering from wet rot, find out how Wise Property Care can help with our Wet rot treatment and solutions.

Wet rot treatment

Contact a wet rot pro

Organise a no obligation wet rot property survey, and our expert surveyor will be able to recommend the right treatment for you.

Wet rot survey

Contact us about wet rot

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.

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