Wet rot is a common problem found on premises. There are many different types of Wet Rot. One common type - Cellar fungus (Coniophora puteana) is recognisable by dark brown strands on the timber surface. As the name suggests it is found primarily in cellars and other very damp locations, where the fungi feeds on wet timber, causing the wood to lose weight and strength and eventually collapse.
Another common type is White Pore or Mine Fungus (Fibroporia vaillantii). This feeds on damp soft wood and is characterised by its snowy white rootlets or fern like mycelium.
Of the homes we have surveyed over the years, we have found that 70% suffer from Woodworm and 30% from Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans).
Although fungal attack can start at any time in timber used as a building material, the microscopic spores, which initiate wood decay, will normally (dependent on humidity levels) remain dormant until moisture content rises above 20%. Dry rot will normally spread in search of more timber to attack and since it is normally in an advanced state by the time it is noticeable, immediate action is required to avoid further damage.
Damp conditions are to be avoided, which means checking that guttering is in good repair and that other less obvious external areas are not affected by penetrating dampness. It is also advisable to ensure that there is always adequate ventilation - especially in the sub-floor void.
If you have a dry or wet rot problem on your premises whether it is a commercial or domestic property then please get in touch with us today for advice and a quotation. Call us on 0800 269 422 or 01638 741 377. Alternatively you could fill out the contact form on the contact us page.