This weekend, go around your house and pay close attention to the walls and ceilings. Can you see any damp patches, any cracks, any peeling wallpaper? If so, you might well have a bit of a damp problem, which can lead to bigger problems like dry or wet rot.
Timber decay, also known as wood rot, is caused by types of fungus attacking the wood. Unfortunately, this fungus can actually lie in the wood for years and years, and not pose any problems whatsoever – but if the right conditions spring up, you might suddenly find that you have quite a lot of issues where before you had none.
Dry rot, wet rot (also known as cellar fungus) and black mould are the most common types of fungus that you’ll find in damp timber, with dry rot actually the most serious of them all because this can spread quickly and really damage the wood at home. So cross your fingers and hope you have wet rot if you have noticed some damp spots because in this instance the decay will be confined to just the wet parts of the wood which can be replaced with treated timber.
If you’re unlucky enough to come across fungal decay or damp areas in your house, calling out professional and experienced damp specialists in London or elsewhere would certainly be a good idea.
There is some work you can do yourself first, however, such as checking the outside of your roof to see if you have any broken or blocked gutters, or if there are any cracked, loose or missing roof tiles. This will help eliminate what’s causing the dampness so you can work out if you do have fungal decay.
You could also head up into the roof space itself to have a look at the internal timber and see if it’s dry. Also see if you can find what’s causing the dampness on the walls downstairs, if you do think you might have a problem. You can also have a look at your exterior walls to see if there is any damage to the mortar. Also have a look to see if your damp-proof course is in good condition.
It might actually be a good idea to install something that can measure the moisture content in the areas where the damp is presenting itself. Do bear in mind that it’s important that you find these problems quickly so they can be dealt with before they become very difficult to manage – which will end up costing you more in the long run.
As with anything to do with your home, it’s always best to be proactive wherever you can so that you can prevent issues from arising. If you’d like to find out more about dry and wet rot, fungal decay, damp treatments, damp proofing or woodworm, do get in touch with the Damp Cure Wood Cure/30 team today.