Dry and Wet Rot

What Is Dry And Wet Rot?

By 12th August 2019 No Comments

Dry and wet rot can cause serious problems for any property. If these issues are not dealt with effectively, the condition and value of your property can significantly reduce. Treating dry and wet rot should always be a priority to maintain the quality of your building.

Aquafoss can always provide treatment for dry and wet rot throughout any property. Dealing with any current problems, as well as preventing the problem from reoccurring, you receive a comprehensive service.

Difference Between Dry and Wet Rot

There are several differences between wet and dry rot, with perhaps the most important one being they are 2 different types of fungi. Wet rot needs a higher level of moisture for it to effectively grow. Unlike this, dry rot will only require a moisture content of around 20% to 30% to grow in your property. This makes dry rot more common as it can spread in a number of conditions.

To successfully eradicate the problem, you must always understand the difference between wet and dry rot. If the wrong treatment techniques are used, it could mean the rot is not removed correctly, leading to regrowth and spreading of the existing rot. Our team use the best equipment and methods, as well as being fully trained and experienced, to make sure this is no problem.

What Is Dry Rot?

Dry rot, which can also be known as brown rot, is wood decay caused by fungi within your home. This can cause all wooden structures, both inside and outside the property, to be ruined and broken apart. Not only will this leave the wood in your property left weakened and brittle with a poor appearance, but dry rot could also be expensive to repair.

Although dry rot will still only affect timber that is damp, it can be very dangerous due to the low moisture content that is required. By removing the source of moisture, this should prevent dry rot from spreading more, whilst also improving the condition of the already rotting areas within your property.

As dry rot fungus is spread through the air, if it lands on any wood that has been exposed to moisture, it can quickly spread throughout the property and cause problems to many areas. There are several ways you can identify dry rot is within your property. This includes:

  • Cracking Wood Structure
  • Darkening Wood Structure
  • Sinking or Shrinking Wood
  • Skin-Like Growths Resembling Mushroom (Silver/ Grey Shades or Light Purple/ Yellow Patches)
  • Surface With Water Droplets or Dry Rot Fungus With An Appearance Similar To Cotton Wool

All these features can help you identify dry rot within your property. Once you know this is the case, fast action should be taken to resolve the issue and prevent spreading.

What Is Wet Rot?

Wet rot is not as common as dry rot due to the requirements of high moisture levels within the timber. However, this can still be present in many properties, meaning the timber begins to decay naturally and quickly if the correct treatment is used. Any timber that is exposed to large amounts of moisture will become an ideal breeding ground for wet rot. This means the rot can spread quickly throughout the timber, leading to several problems in your property, including:

  • Burst Pipes
  • Excessive Condensation
  • Leaking Baths
  • Leaky or Blocked Gutters
  • Leaky Roofs
  • Penetrating Damp

There are many possibilities to what could occur when wet rot is present in your property. Dealing with this quickly and effectively is essential to avoid any issues. As wet rot can become present across any timber, its appearance can vary. However, there are still several ways the issue can be identified, including:

  • Cracked Appearances
  • Damp Smell
  • Darkened Timber
  • Fungus Growth
  • Soft/ Spongy Timber
  • Timber Shrinkage & Sinking

If this is present, a quick treatment must be completed to maintain the condition and value of your building.

Contact Us

If you are worried about wet and dry rot in your property, do not hesitate to contact Aquafoss. We can provide a fast response to all our clients, ensuring you have a trusted team available for any advice, as well as quickly dealing with rot. Make an enquiry and call 01525 374406 or fill in our contact form today.

Leave a Reply