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.

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Testimonial

  • 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
  • I have used Tay Property Services on 3 occasions now & Steve has provided a professional and competative 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