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Wet rot

Wet rot is a fairly common form of timber decay caused by fungal growth spawned by damp conditions. While not as severe a problem as dry rot, unfortunately it still has the potential to seriously impact the structural integrity of your property if left untreated.
The specialist surveyors at Peter Cox have been identifying and treating wet rot in properties all across the UK for decades. If you are concerned that you might have identified wet rot in your home then read on for more information, or contact our team about a wet rot survey using the form below.

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What is wet rot?

In simple terms, wet rot is a form of fungal decay that attacks timber and requires a constant source of water to grow. It thrives in conditions of 30-60% moisture and can ultimately lead to structural integrity problems.
This supply of water is frequently generated by defects in plumbing, external guttering, pipework or any other leak and can go undiscovered for quite some time, allowing the wet rot to fester away and weaken timber structures before you even notice it.

To find out more, visit our page on what is wet rot.

What is the difference between wet rot and dry rot?

Due to their similarities, wet rot and dry rot are often confused. While they are both a form of timber destroying fungi, if you know what to look for you can see that they look and develop differently.

Unlike dry rot, wet rot requires a much higher level of moisture before spores will begin to germinate. However, once the source of moisture has been removed, wet rot will stop growing and will no longer have the ability to spread. This makes wet rot a lot easier to treat.

Unfortunately, although wet rot is not as severe as dry rot it can still cause serious structural damage. If the signs of wet rot appear in your home, then we always recommend getting in touch with a qualified rot specialist to carry out an inspection of your property. 

How to identify wet rot

Identifying wet rot can actually be quite difficult due to its tendency to develop in areas of the home that are difficult to see. Property problems like leaky pipes, taps or other forms of water ingress frequently continue unnoticed for large periods of time. As a result, identifying wet rot means that you may have to investigate basements, under floorboards and underneath fittings like bath-tubs, toilets and washing machines.

For more information on identifying wet rot you may want to take a look at our page on spotting the early signs of wet rot.

How to treat wet rot?

Because wet rot occurs as a result of water ingress, it is imperative to find the source of the moisture and eliminate. Wet rot will continue to grow and manifest if the moisture source remains.

Once the source of moisture has been identified and fixed appropriately, treatment can begin to repair the damaged timber. Wet rot treatment will vary depending on the extent of the timber damage and may require replacing any defective timber. Our timber repair specialists will try to retain healthy structural and decorative timber whenever possible. Any timber retained will be treated with fungicidal treatment to prevent further infections.

Also, for complete peace of mind for our customers, Peter Cox provide a 20 year guarantee on all of our wet rot treatments meaning that you can rest assured that your home will remian free from wet rot.

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Contact the wet rot experts

If you suspect you have an issue with wet rot in your property, then do not hesitate to contact us. For expert advice or to arrange a professional survey with one of our surveyors, contact your local Peter Cox branch on 0800 633 5712 to speak to one of our experts.

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Author: Richard Walker AIWSc CSRT CSSW

Our National Technical Manager Richard Walker is frequently contacted by trade magazines and media to share his expert opinion on wet rot matters and other property preservation issues. Having been in the industry for over 23 years there is nothing he has not encountered yet and he can be found travelling the country delivering accredited CPD sessions to property professionals on damp, wood rot, woodworm and waterproofing standards.

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