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Protecting Your Home Against Wet Rot Fungi

Wet Rot

Where timber is exposed to naturally occurring high moisture levels it will, in time, begin to rot. This natural process is initiated by a number of fungal species and the term ‘wet rot’ is a generic name. The most common fungus causing wet rot is Cellar Fungus (Coniophora Puteana).

Wet rot is not as serious as dry rot, especially as it cannot spread through non-timber building materials. However, it can lead to severe damage if it is not dealt with immediately.

In very damp conditions, above 35% moisture content, where there is inadequate ventilation, any exposed timber can offer the ideal breeding ground for wet rot spores and provides the perfect conditions for the spores to flourish once established. This means that leaks from loose tiles, burst pipes or a washing machine that has been connected incorrectly can all be potential trigger points.

Essential maintenance

We can treat wet rot in a way that clears the immediate problem and helps guarantee it won’t return. (As mentioned above, a future loose tile or leaking pipe elsewhere in the house could still trigger a future episode, so regular maintenance is an essential part of protection.)  
The treatment process, if required, is referred to as Full Wet Rot Treatment.

How we treat wet rot:

  1. Decayed timbers will be removed from the affected area and disposed of for you.
  2. Timber is replaced, and exposed timbers in the affected area will be treated with a fungicidal fluid, as specified in our report.
  3. Moisture sources will be identified and rectified, to offset the chance of a future recurrence. This will all be detailed in your individual report, following an initial inspection that we can provide for free.

Fluids used by Tay Property Services Ltd are approved by the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing association. Where appropriate they carry manufacturers’ guarantees, which will be highlighted for you.

Our Services



  • Angela M. Ramseyer an award winning Build and Project Manager, interior designer. Specialising in Refurbishment of private residential properties.
    I used Tay Property Services for a refurbishment project on a A Listed Georgian Town House. Dry rot treatment on 3 floors, the installation of a Bespoke Kitchen and Italian styled Bathroom. Stephens workmanship was of the highest quality and delivered at the most competitive price.

    A. M. Ramseyer, Perth
  • I have used Tay Property Services on 3 occasions now & Steve has provided a professional and competitive service each time. He has undertaken each project on time, on budget & is 100% reliable. He has always tidied up afterwards & is always extremely helpful. I will definitely use Tay Property Services again. 

    Liz Ritchie, Perth
  • We have use Tay Property Services for several projects on our estate from house renovations to barn conversions. Stephen has a tremendous knowledge and helps to guide us on the correct course of action.

    Reasonably priced and a fast reliable service means i have no hesitation to recommend Tay Property Services.

    Cardney Sporting Estate.

    Lewis Cameron
  • As always each time we haved used tay property services both for our property company and our own home, we have been impressed with your standard of workmanship, the co-ordination of the trades you have engaged and above all your friendly straightforward approach to the job and always an excellent price. Thank you!


    Julie Tait
  • Just a note to thank you very much for your excellent work at somerset house.

    Yvonne McDougal
  • Have used tay Property twice now and can highly recommend to anyone, great service and would not hesitate to use again. Reliable, honest and do a great job.

    Lorna E
  • Could't be happier with the services provided, very professional from quote to finish. Tay Property Services even took care of extra things whilst at the job.

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    Stewart Bernardini