If you think your home is suffering from wet rot, you are most probably right. Following from damp winter months and as spring cleaning starts to takes place, you may be spotting some unfamiliar signs around your home.
Wet rot in your home is one of the easiest signs to spot and Aquafoss are here to give you all the answers you are looking for. Whether you are concerned about one specific area or you are unsure of the spread of wet rot throughout your home, the quickest and safest solution is to consult with the experts.
What Is Wet Rot?
Commonly used to describe a number of wood destroying species, ‘coniophora puteana’ is also known as the cellar fungus, highly active in moist, dark areas like cellars. Affecting timber materials that are damp, the fungi is able to grow and breakdown the timber structure, severely damaging the integrity and overall safety of the materials.
As well as passing onto nearby wallpapers, damp materials and carpets, wet rot is not as damaging as dry rot but can leave behind a path of destruction if not dealt with urgently.
Where Does Wet Rot Come from?
The simple cause of wet rot is the continual dampness of a piece of timber in your home. With a huge need for a source of moisture, wet rot only appears in timber that is damp for a period of time either from a leaking tap, faulty guttering, poorly fitted downpipes, bad stone pointing or poor external rendering.
Other leading causes of wet rot include:
- Absorbed moisture from other areas of the property
- Condensation in your home
- Dry rot creating moisture from digesting timber supplies
What Do I Need to Look Out for?
There are very clear tell-tale signs when it comes to spotting wet rot activity in your home throughout the Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas. While looking out for actual fungus growth and darkening of the wood, other signs include:
- Cracking and crumbling wood once dried
- Flaky paint over the top of wet rot
- A clear smell of musty and damp
- Spongy and soft wood materials
- Shrinkage of timber
National home insurance company Aviva stated that “wood with wet rot has a typically soft and spongey feel and often looks darker than surrounding healthy wood”. We advise that you check bathrooms, kitchens, loft areas and your whole home if you can smell a strong sense of dampness throughout.
Is Wet Rot a Serious Problem?
Yes, and were not just saying that! Wet rot can quickly take over your property’s structure and destroy its stability in no time at all. Although it does not spread as freely as dry rot, it can still badly effect your building’s structure and cause lasting damage if not dealt with.
Not to be confused with dry rot, wet rot is a standalone issue that can dramatically affect your property if not dealt with. With poor weather conditions throughout the whole of the UK, wet rot is highly common in homes of all ages, so don’t be caught out and take action today!
Aquafoss Timber Treatments
By preserving all wooden features and materials in your home, Aquafoss are fully fledged to cope with both dry rot and wet rot. Personalising all services to your home specifically, wet rot no longer has to be an issue.
We understand the difference between the two timber problems and can find a resolution to your timber troubles with ease. Starting with finding the source of the moisture, Aquafoss take care of all areas of timber to ensure complete stability and peace of mind and provide fully comprehensive timber treatments all over Leighton Buzzard.
Get in Touch
To arrange a consultation or just to find out more about timber treatments and wet rot, call our team today on 01525 374406. For more guidance on the treatment process, visit our Guide to Dry and Wet Rot.