Don’t Procrastinate About Wet Rot Treatment

What is wet rot?

Wet rot’s most common form is the fungi with the Latin name Coniophora puteana. This means cellar fungus.

It affects wood by embedding its spores in to timber before it fruits. The fruits feed on the wood’s cellulose and this allows the area affected by the rot to expand.

The spores from each fruit created will then issue more spores in an unstoppable destructive cycle unless timber treatment is sought.

How do I know if I have wet rot?

Always seek advice from professional Berkshire timber preservation experts. Some rots resemble others and you need to ensure that the best course of action is taken.

Generally, these indicate a wet rot problem:

  • Brown/black fungus which can be in lumps or a fern shape, perhaps with a cream edge.
  • A spongy texture to the timber often accompanied by a darkened appearance.
  • There will be a musty smell.
  • Dried wet rot results in the timber crumbling and cracking without much force.
  • Flaking or easily damaged paintwork.
  • Wet rot damage is usually contained within the moist area of timber.  
  • The fungus can embed itself in any timber with the correct moisture level, including on living trees.

Why does wet rot occur?

Wet rot exists in areas with over 50% moisture so although it’s tricky, try to ensure that all areas are kept below this moisture level in a building.

A drainage issue, roof problem, a space without adequate ventilation or bad weather can provide the right atmosphere for wet rot to flourish so if any of these situations present themselves it is wise to investigate.

Who can I call about timber treatment?

Hiring professional accredited companies like Pest Control Berkshire, who are Berkshire timber preservation experts, ensures a thorough survey to discern the level of damage and identify areas which are susceptible. For example, if your issue is in a boiler cupboard the timbers in and around the cupboard and the area surrounding the cupboard will be inspected.

Using data from the survey a quote and recommended treatment plan will be issued for your evaluation.

What does wet rot treatment involve?

The first task is to eliminate the source of the high moisture levels, so that may mean closing a crack in the roof, installing new pipework or providing better airflow.

The affected timber will be removed. Dependant on the level of rot this can mean removal of the whole timber or leaving unaffected timber in situ.

New timbers are installed as necessary and Berkshire timber preservation experts will apply treatments to remove the risk of further wet rot issues.

When should I seek advice?

Immediately.

Burying your head in the sand and hoping the issue resolves itself won’t work with wet rot. Procrastination results in more timber damage, structural integrity worries, a higher cost and a greater expanse requiring wet rot treatment. Would you rather experts treated one foot of timber or ten feet?

Berkshire timber preservation experts are ready and willing to help you.