Whilst considered less of a problem than Dry Rot, Wet rot can also cause serious damage to timbers within your home. Wet rot is also a fungus though there are a number of varieties and unlike dry rot it will not travel through masonry and plaster. Normally thriving in wood with a high moisture content where moisture ingress is continuing to occur such as joists below a plumbing leak or a flooring wall plate when rising damp is present.
Occurring in a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes wet rot will cause wood to discolour often crack and craze and eventually crumble away. It can occur as a secondary symptom of penetrating or rising damp when joists are embedded into walls and as such come into constant contact with wet masonry.
Wet rot can be easier to rectify and remove than dry rot, first the cause of dampness should be located and where possible remedial action should prevent its reoccurrence such as the insertion of a chemical damp proof course or the application of an external water repellent. Damp and decayed timbers should be removed and replaced with pre-treated timbers and where necessary membranes should be inserted to prevent future damp ingress. A chemical wood preservative can be applied to existing localised timbers and ventilation can be improved to aid with drying particularly in ground level floor voids.
If you have any concerns or have noticed possible symptoms such as a 'bouncy' floor or cracked skirting, then call us today on 0800 161 3078 or complete the contact form and we can provide advice or a free of charge survey.