What is Wet rot?
Wet rot is a general term used to describe the majority of fungal species responsible for timber decay. There are several species of Wet Rot fungus, but all require a moisture content in wood between 40-60%. This is commonly caused in wood exposed to damp conditions for prolonged periods of time. Wet Rot fungi, whilst generally not as destructive as Dry Rot, can nevertheless cause severe damage if left untreated and is a common cause of structural defects.
How do you identify Wet rot?
Wet rot has similar characteristics to dry rot but as the mycelium is not always present which would facilitate identification, we recommend diagnosis by a qualified surveyor from Dampcure-Woodcure/30 Ltd.
Appearances can include the following:
Cuboidal cracking (not as severe as dry rot)
Mycelium - whitish/yellow at first, later yellowish/brown.
Strands - yellowish/brown at first, later dark brown.
Fruiting body - creamy/yellow at first, later olive/brown
Distortion, discolouration, softness, cracking and the loss of strength of the timber.
How will Dampcure-Woodcure/30 Ltd cure your wet rot?
After our surveyors have carried out a thorough inspection we can send our experienced technicians to the property where they will:
Replace affected timbers and in some instances renew wall plaster
Introduce ways to increase ventilation and drying out
Apply preservative treatment
We will then issue you with our 20 year guarantee and unlike many of our competitors you can be comforted by our long history as dry rot specialists and that we will be around in the future to honour this.