Tackling Wet Rot Head on
Peter Cox Glasgow has recently completed a large contract to halt fungal decay on a 130
year old semi-detached property in Glasgow. Gary Bouse, Manager with Peter Cox said: “On inspection is was apparent that this lovely period property, was suffering from wet rot, and if not treated properly wet rot can cause the floors to collapse and so it should never be left.” Wet rot is caused by a number of Basidiomycetes fungi of which one of the most important is Coniophora puteana. It attacks both softwood and hardwood causing a darkening of the timber (brown rot) or bleaching (white rot).Wet rot fungi usually occur in persistently damp conditions, has been known to hollow out giant beams, and is responsible for much of the wood decay within buildings and, although not as serious as Dry Rot, is still a common cause of structural defects. In this instance, the attack appears to have been caused by historic roof defects and was found in first floor window lintels, bay window joists and the decay has also colonised the framing and panelling of the lower section of the window which was affecting the supporting framing behind the lining boards between the windows.