Isn’t it lovely knowing you are cosy and dry inside your home whilst it pours down with rain outside. The rain is on the outside, and you are inside, so there is nothing to worry about right?…
Wet rot and dry rot is caused when there is an excessive amount of moisture coming into a property from the likes of blocked guttering, damaged roofing, leaking pipes and damaged brickwork. It can also be caused by poor ventilation within a property.
These types of rot can cause serious damage to timbers in a property if they aren’t treated.
What are the signs of Dry Rot?
- A mushroom-like fruiting body or fine grey-white hyphae strands spreading over the wood.
- Cracking or shrinking of the timber
- Timber becomes dry and brittle
- May darken in colour
- Will crumble at your touch
- Dry rot smells like mushrooms and can often be detected through this odour.
What are the signs of Wet Rot?
- Timber to darken or lighten in tone and become spongy
- If timber has dried out, it will crumble to the touch.
- Timber to darken and produce small cuboidal cracking (cracking both along and across the grain of the wood) – a sign of Cellar fungus (Coniophora puteana)
- Timber will again form small cuboidal cracking but produces white whispy strands – a sign of Mine fungus (Poria vaillantii)
- Timber turns white in colour, bleaches wood, which becomes fibrous and stringy – a sign of Phellinus contiguus
If you have spotted any of these signs in your home, don’t worry – wet rot and dry rot treatment services from Peter Cox eliminates wood rot from an affected property, and our timber preservative treatments will help to protect against future infection.