Contrary to its name, woodworm is in fact a generic term that refers to various types of woodboring beetle and larvae commonly found throughout the UK. These little pests can attack almost any type of timber, from furniture and floorboards to joists and rafters, and can cause serious structural damage if left untreated. Fortunately, woodworm is fairly easy to spot as the beetles leave distinctive exit holes and a powdery dust on the wood’s surface.
How to treat wet rot
What should you do if you think your property has wet rot?
What is Wet Rot?
Wet Rot is essentially timber that is decaying naturally in the presence of high volumes of moisture. It is often to describe as a variety of fungal species which is responsible for rotting wood.
What is the difference between wet rot and dry rot?
It can be very confusing how to differentiate the difference between wet rot and dry rot. Despite the name, dry rot does require some moisture to grow, although the moisture content doesn’t tend to be over 20% and the source of the water doesn’t necessarily have to be in the immediate location of the rot.
Traditionally, most cases of dry rot tend to occur in places that cannot be seen by those living in the property – this can affect areas such as attics, around window casings, behind wall panelling’s and underneath flooring.
Dry Rot can be present on brick, stone and masonry walls but can also occur on all types of wood too. Wet rot tends to have higher levels of moisture and in most cases, the source of the water is within close or immediate proximity. Generally, once the moisture is removed and moisture levels drop, well rot will decline.
Can wet rot develop into dry rot?
Wet rot will not develop into dry rot as they are two distinct types of rot and require different methods to grow and process.
How is wet rot caused?
Wet Rot is caused by exposure to excess moisture than unfortunately provides the ideal breeding ground for wet rot spores. They can occur for a multitude of reasons,for example a leaky roof, a faulty washing machine, burst pipes etc. If a timber has been exposed to damp for a prolonged period, then it is most likely that wet rot will occur.
What does Wet Rot look like?
You can easily identify wet rot by looking out for localised fungus growing on timber, but there may be some instances where there is no obvious fungus present. However wet rot can be identified by the differing colour compared to the surrounding timber. Sometimes, the affected areas will look darker than the surrounding timber. It will often smell musty and damp and will feel spongy to the touch, however in some instances, wet rot can cause the wood to bleach too.
How can you fix a Wet Rot problem?
At Croft Preservation, we are experts in wet rot elimination and have over thirty years’ experience in providing wet rot solutions to countless properties all over Dorset and Hampshire. Croft can provide efficient solutions to eradicate your wet rot problem and we will remove and replace the affected timbers and treat the area with an appropriate solution.
If you are suffering with wet rot in your Dorset home, please contact us today.
Damp in the home not only looks unpleasant but can have serious consequences to your health and the safety of your property.
Damp starts with a build-up of moisture and can come in many different forms, each of which requires a different type of treatment. To help prevent damp problems before they begin, follow these simple tips our experts at Croft Preservation have put together.