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How To Identify And Treat Wet Rot

There is no doubt that wet rot poses a severe threat to both newly constructed timber houses and older timber structures. If you notice water rot on your property, you should treat it as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can cause irreversible damage to your building.

It’s our speciality at Citydampcoursing to diagnose and treat both wet and dry rot. In this guide, we’ll give you tips on how you can detect wet rot in your home, treat it and restore your home to its former glory.

What Is Wet Rot?

Wet rot is a fungus infection that affects untreated timber. Wet rot occurs whenever moisture and condensation reach untreated wooden surfaces. Moisture creates an ideal environment for wet rot fungus to multiply. When wet rot multiplies, it affects the structure of the timber on your property.

What Causes Wet Rot?

Identifying the cause of wet rot on your property is just as critical as treating the damage. Your efforts will be in vain if you treat wet rot on your property without identifying and resolving the cause. It doesn’t take a lot to cause wet rot. Simple plumbing problems like leaky roofs and washing machines can cause wet rot. You can also get wet rot from:

  • Leaking gutters
  • A leaky pipe
  • Broken dishwashers
  • Bathroom leaks or leaking bath tabs

How To Identify Wet Rot

You can identify wet rot in several ways. However, the signs of wet rot might vary depending on the type of timber on your property, as different woods react differently to moisture.

Your house might have wet rot if:

  • Timber darkens changes colour
  • Timber cracks
  • The wood is spongy and soft when you touch it
  • There is a musty, dumpy odour
  • Fungus is growing on timber
  • There is mycelium on wood
  • There is paint finish damage. 

If you notice any of these signs, wet rot may have infested your property. Therefore, you need to take action as soon as possible.

Wet Rot Treatment

It’s critical to find the leading cause of moisture affecting your timber before treating wet rot. Identifying and eliminating the major moisture causes in your home will prevent future wet rot outbreaks. You should engage a professional at this stage, as the cause might be hidden.

Our professional team at City Damp Coursing can help you identify the major cause of moisture and condensation causing wet rot and help you resolve the issue. Then we will repair any areas that are slightly damaged, remove areas that are in a terrible state and replace them. Additionally, we will treat the affected area with a fungicide or biocide appropriate for the type of wet rot and timber on your house.

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And there you have it: a simple formula to identify and treat wet rot on your property. We have discussed what wet rot is, what causes it, and how City Damp Coursing can help you treat it. We will suggest the most effective treatment for it. Hopefully, this guide has been helpful.


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