Dry & Wet Rot Treatment

DRY & WET ROT TREATMENT

WHAT IS DRY & WET ROT?

Serpula lacrymans is the term for the fungus found in dry rot, that can reduce stalwart beans, joists and timbers to crumbling, hazardous structures. Dry rot needs moisture to thrive, with a content of at least 20%.

Dry rot is caused by lack of airflow in unventilated conditions and is usually found in roof trusses, underneath wooden floors, beneath stairs and behind skirting. Dry rot spores travel quickly and are not exclusively found on timber, masonry & plaster can be affected too. Within months, the entire structural integrity of a building can be compromised.

Wet rot is attracted to very damp wood or plaster & remains confined to the wet area only, it is less destructive than dry rot but can prove hazardous to a buildings’ structure. The signs of wet rot are that it looks darker than healthy wood, soft and spongy wood and fungus manifests with black and brown strands.

Dry and Wet Rot

SIGNS YOUR PROPERTY COULD BE SUFFERING FROM DRY OR WET ROT

  • Matted whitish growth tinged with yellow or lilac patches

  • A growth resembling a pancake.

  • A musty damp odour

  • Splitting, shrinking & crumbly wood

DRYPRO'S TOP TIPS FOR PREVENTING DRY & WET ROT IN YOUR PROPERTY

  • Reduce or eliminate excess moisture

    Try to achieve this by ensuring rooms are properly ventilated & there are no plants within 2 feet of your walls.

  • Ensure wood is not in contact with any soil

    This will ensure that the wood cannot soak up any additional moisture from the soil.

  • Replace any damaged wood that has become structurally weakened.

    Any wood that has already been damaged is more susceptable to soaking up moisture.

  • Have your roof checked annually

    Ensure that your roof is checked for any water damage, loose tiles, mold or rot.

  • Regularly check plumbing for leaks

    Leaks are often the main source of rot, therefore ensuring that your plumbing isn't rusted or corroded and well maintained will reduce the risk of rot appearing.

  • Ensure that your home is well ventilated

    Ensure that rooms subject to excess moisture are well ventilated, for example, your bathroom.

DRYPRO'S DRY & WET ROT SOLUTIONS

STEP 1

Dry rot is caused by lack of airflow in unventilated conditions, therefore one of the core methods of removal is finding and preventing the source of the moisture. Wet rot is usually found to be in leaky plumbing, guttering, or pipework, condensation, rainwater coming through gaps in doors and windows, damaged or bridged DPC (damp proof course), missing roof tiles, flashing or cladding, or blocked air bricks.

STEP 2

Once the problem has been resolved, the second step involves removing the affected timber, and if necessary - the use of fungicides.