Sussex Damp Experts On Wet Rot

Conducting an inspection is the first step to dealing with any damp related issues, like wet Rot. Our damp proofing experts will only report on genuine damp problems and provide practical, cost-effective solutions.

Our damp proofing experts can evaluate your home, conduct a damp and timber examination, and advise you on the best repair options. Damp surveyors, such as ours, must be accredited by the Property Care Association (PCA). Sussex Damp Experts often discover that Rot is the source of any impacted timber degradation when evaluating any structure, regardless of its age.

Wood rot is divided into two types: dry Rot and wet Rot, both caused by fungal deterioration of the wood. Sussex Damp Experts offers a wide range of damp proofing and treatment options, and we are confident in our ability to provide affordable repairs. You can rely on our damp proofing professionals to identify the problems in our extensive surveys and offer you the most professional services to give you peace of mind for the future, whether it’s rising damp treatment, basement waterproofing, wet rot treatments, or other damp proofing skills.

What Is Wet Rot?

One of the most common types of wood degradation is wet Rot. It’s a wood-rotting fungus that flourishes in moist conditions. Wet Rot is caused by two different fungus species: Coniophora Puteana and Choanephora Cucurbitarum. Some species get their food by breaking the wood cell walls, which causes the wood to weaken. As a result, the structural integrity of a structure may be jeopardised.

Wet Rot happens when there is excessive moisture in the wood for an extended length of time. Damp wood is affected by this sort of deterioration because it softens. Moisture is absorbed into the wood, causing wet Rot. Moisture may come from a variety of sources.

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Different Types Of Wet Rot

Coniophora Puteana, popularly known as basement fungus, is the most prevalent fungal species associated with wet Rot.

White Rot

When the wet rot fungus affects specific types of wood, the decay can take on a whiter appearance. This is referred to as white Rot. When a fungus digests lignin, a substance that connects wood cells and gives it its intrinsic rigidity, White Rot occurs. The fungus takes the richer colours as it digests the lignin and cellulose, resulting in white Rot. The wood is soft and spongy when you touch it.

Brown Rot

Brown rot is a type of wet Rot and seems to be darker than white Rot. It may appear to be a close match to the colour of the damaged wood. Wet rot fungi can’t always digest the lignin in some types of wood, so they eat sugars and cellulose instead. This causes the damaged wood to become brown.

What Causes Wet Rot?

Wet Rot occurs because of excessive moisture near wood and timber elements. It generally results in a damp, musty smell near the affected timber. If you see damp patches on the inside or outside of your home, it might be due to one of the following most common problems:

  • Rainwater pours through the brickwork’s fissures;
  • High ground levels;
  • Excessive condensation;
  • Roofing that isn’t up to code;
  • Rising damp;
  • Outside floods;
  • Gutters that are leaking or have broken downpipes;
  • Seals on windows and doors that aren’t up to par;
  • Drains that aren’t functioning correctly;
  • Damaged insulation for cavity walls;
  • Tree roots have caused damage to the walls and dam-proof course (DPC);
  • Internal piping that isn’t working correctly.

All these problems contribute to the rise of damp in a property, which raises the humidity on all the buildings’ structures, including wood elements. This increased moisture creates a wet rot problem in the timber exposed to wet areas. Once the cause of the problem has been identified, a wet rot treatment should be handled concurrently with the fabric repair, making the damp proofing treatment more dependable and long-lasting.

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How To Identify Wet Rot

Identifying if the wood-rot fungus impacting your house is Wet Rot or Dry Rot is a challenging undertaking. One of the most significant problems with wet Rot is that it frequently spreads in areas of the home that are not visible, such as behind the stairs, in the loft, or beneath the flooring. DryBecause wet Rot is challenging to detect, and it is sometimes not discovered until it has advanced to a much more significant problem. Here are some of the most apparent indications of wet Rot in your home:

  1. Look for isolated fungal growth on your wood.
  2. If your wood has been afflicted by wet Rot, it may feel mushy and spongy when you touch it.
  3. When the wood dries, it cracks and crumbles readily. Poke the wood once again to see whether it breaks into tiny fragments.
  4. You may find that the surrounding wood doors and window frames have bleached; this is another sign of moisture rot in your home.
  5. Take a close look at your painting. Wet Rot can be identified by damaged or flaking paint.
  6. You may sense a musty, wet odour in your home. Again, this is a telltale symptom of wet Rot, and a means to spot it in your house.

If you see any of these signs, contact Sussex Damp Experts, and one of our wet rot experts can conduct a consultation for you at an early stage before wet Rot spreads and it causes more serious structural damage.

How to Prevent Wet Rot

Because moist wood is always subject to deterioration, the best approach to protect your building’s structural timbers is to keep them dry.

If you have wood in a damp environment, you must keep it in good condition to prevent it from rotting. Sills, window boxes, fence posts, timbers that come into contact with brickwork but aren’t damp proofed, lumber that comes into contact with hay and manure in farms, and any wood used in the river or marine piling or bridge construction are all sensitive to moisture.

On damp, rotten wood, wood hardeners are available. The strength of the wood rises when the wet rot wood hardener has soaked into it. The usage of these things is ideal for window frames and doors.

Wet Rot Treatments

This form of rotten wood is caused by a black fungus that affects wood that has come into contact with wet or damp masonry, softening it and altering its colour. The longer you wait to address a chronic problem, like with most property-related concerns, the worse it will become. Your case of Wet Rot is no exception. If you can detect the existence of fungal Rot early enough, you may be able to cure it while the damage is limited to a small area of wood. You may need to replace entire timbers in more extreme situations when wet Rot has extended its tentacles throughout the width of your timber.

There are several steps to treating wet Rot. Preventing the timber from becoming moist is the first step in treating any fungus-related problem with woods. Suppose water is leaking into your building, regardless of whether the reason is broken guttering, condensation, or something else. In that case, you must immediately discover the source of the leak and stop it from continuing.

Our rot specialists are professionals in the field of timber surveying. Our timber and damp surveys are designed to identify fungal decay and, more importantly, the underlying causes of the problem. Dry wood is not affected by Rot. If your building’s timber is rotting, the high moisture levels must be the consequence of a severe problem. We take a holistic approach to the problem of rotten wood. We target the issue at its source; this is the only way to discover a long-term solution.

The wet rot treatment method comprises eliminating the source of moisture, repairing or replacing damaged timbers, and creating a physical barrier to keep damp masonry from causing more damage. To treat wet rot problems, it’s necessary to determine the source of moisture and eliminate the source of damp. It’s possible to separate the timber from the source of the damp before treating the afflicted sections to avoid even more spreading.

The use of a fungicide during the drying out process is used to treat wet Rot. The fungicide is available as a concentrate or a ready-to-use solution that should always be applied by professionals. The sections that aren’t yet damaged by rotten wood should also be treated, with wood preventing fungicides when addressing the afflicted regions. This will stop the deterioration from spreading in the future. Give us a call at 01273 257 765 now to schedule a survey in Brighton and have the best professional advice on your concerns about the property’s damp issues.

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The Importance Of Wet Rot Treatments

Act quickly if you notice wetness in your home. Otherwise, the occupants and residents of the building may face serious challenges. Aside from the visual annoyance it causes, humidity may cause wet Rot and significant structural damage to a property’s structure, jeopardising its stability if not remedied quickly.

It’s also proof that it can cause respiratory problems, especially dangerous in persons who already have respiratory issues. Regardless of the reason, contact our damp proofing experts at 01273 257 765 as soon as possible if you find it damp.

Why Choose Sussex Damp Experts

Sussex Damp Experts maintains high standards for damp proofing treatments, expert re-plastering, wood preservation, and damp inspections. Basement tanking, dry rot management, moisture ingress prevention, cavity wall treatment, dry Rot and woodworm eradication, and condensation control are all services we provide regularly.

We can repair leaking roofs and rainwater goods, correct all building defects to prevent rainwater damage and timber decay, rising damp, penetrating damp, convert damp unused basements into excellent new rooms, eradicate cellar fungus, and complete timber treatment to protect against woodworm, wood rot, condensation and mould control, as well as water damages.

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  • We have a total experience of over 10 years.
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