Wet rot is an issue that covers a wide variety of rots that thrive in wet environments. The Coniophora Puteana (Cellar fungus) is a specific rot that is the most harmful to timber, and once infected with the fungus the wood will slowly break down, losing its structure and strength.
Although wet rot does sound severe if it is stopped in its tracks the wood can be restored back to its former glory. Wet rot is most common in either high humidity or damp areas and spreads through the contact of more wet timber.
Signs of Wet Rot
You can identify wet rot fairly simply. Below are the common signs that you are dealing with wet rot:
- Musty smells
- Cracking of the timber
- Darker colour than the original
- Weakening of floorboards
- And the kicker, visible fungal growth
Treating Wet Rot
Treating wet rot can be a difficult task due to the range of wet rot species and the resemblances with other types of rot. However, firstly before treating the infected wood the source of the water ingress needs to be identified to prevent further infection. Once the source has been identified the most appropriate treatment can be recommended.
A common method of treating wet rot after establishing the cause of the rot is to quickly remove and replace the timber in question. The new wood will be treated with hardener and preservative to prevent further infection. In serious cases you may require specialist permanent structure if the damage has spread to other areas of the property.
Causes of Wet Rot
Identifying the cause of wet rot isn’t always easy. We always recommend employing a specialist damp expert to accurately identify the cause of your wet rot. Wrongly identifying the cause of your wet rot could cause you unnecessary costs and time wasted treating wet rot that will soon return.
To arrange a free survey to identify the cause of your wet rot and for more information get in touch with one of our experienced technicians on 01202 879139.