Wet Rot and Dry Rot Timber Treatments
Wet rot is the common term used to describe the majority of the fungal species responsible for timber decay. Left untreated, wet rot takes hold in all timbers where moisture is present and damp occurs. At first, wet rot may not appear to be a big problem but wet rot may, over time, cause major structural problems to your property.
Unlike wet rot, dry rot has the ability to travel through masonry, brickwork and mortars, and is capable of transporting moisture from existing damp area into dry ones. Dry rot can also promote potential outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungus. It is essential that the problem is correctly identified and rectified.
Experienced Timber Treatment Company
With over 25 years experience in the industry, Affordable Damp Solutions are able to identify and treat the early and more entrenched stages of wet rot. We are happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation for the remedial work.
For wet rot and dry rot timber treatments in Dorset, Hampshire, Devon and Wiltshire, call Brian Hemsill on on 01202 520 893. Distance is no object – if you live further afield, please call. You will be guaranteed an affordable, reliable and friendly service.
Wet rot in floor timbers
Wet rot timber damage
Identification of Dry Rot
It is important to identify whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. Dry rot is particularly problematic as it is able to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a building. For this reason, extra remedial action often has to be undertaken when treating dry rot.
Signs and symptoms of dry rot include:
- Timber will shrink, darken and crack in a “cuboidal” manner.
- A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin typically tinged with spots of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like a mushroom.
- White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium grows under humid conditions. ‘Teardrops’ may develop on the growth.
Strands develop in the mycelium.
- Fruiting bodies are a soft, fleshy pancake or bracket with an orange-ochre surface. The surface has wide pores.
- Rust red coloured spore dust usually seen around fruiting bodies.
- Active decay produces a musty, damp odour.