Wet & Dry Rot Treatment
An excess of moisture and humidity in your home or business can create the ideal environment for rot. If not addressed promptly, rot can cause serious structural damage to your property and may even pose a health risk.
Effective damp proofing and condensation control are the most effective ways to prevent rot, but once you’ve discovered signs of decay, count on the professionals at Advanced Damp & Timber to eliminate the problem and prevent it from recurring.
Serpula lacrymans (also known as Dry Rot) develops extensively on the surface of infected timber and in still, humid conditions produces a mass of cotton wool-like growth. Water droplets are often produced on the surface of the mycelium.
Mycelium spreads over the timber surface by the continued growth and branching of the delicate hyphal threads growing with time. Specialised strands develop within the mycelium and these supply water and nutrients to the growing fruiting
bodies. The strands assume their real significance when the fungus spreads from infected timber onto the surface of adjacent stone or brick walls. The tiny hyphal threads penetrate the mortar joints and plaster layers and large areas of damp wall can then become infected.
This type of rot is caused principally by Coniophora puteana. Poria vaillantii is another important wet rot fungus and a number of less common fungi also occur. While each fungus has its own unique features, the general appearance of wet rot is similar – as is the treatment. Wet rot is typically confined to the area of dampness because the mycelium does not spread into walls.
Identification and Treatment
As we have shown it is very important that the type and cause of the fungal decay are correctly identified before any corrective action can be considered. It is for these reasons that it is important that a detailed diagnostic inspection is carried out by a competent speclaltst. This inspection should be followed by the submission of a report that details both the cause of the decay and the proposed remedial action.
Don’t let rot take hold in your buildings. With over 30 years of experience in our field, our expert team is here to help you. Our qualified installers and chemical experts will ensure your job is completed to the highest standards.
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