Dry & Wet Rot

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When it comes to maintaining the safety and value of a property, addressing issues with damp and fungal decay is essential. Dry and wet rot are two types of fungal decay that can cause significant damage to the structure of buildings, leading to costly repairs and potential safety hazards.


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What are the Symptoms?

Dry Rot

A musty smell caused by damp rot can be described as a stale, earthy odour that is often associated with old and damp environments.

Dry rot can cause cracks and fissures in affected wood, which can become deep and extensive over time. The cracks often run across the wood grain forming cuboidal cracks and can result in the wood becoming brittle and weak. The affected wood may also appear sunken and shriveled around the cracks and fissures.

A cobwebbed appearance caused by dry rot refers to the thin, thread-like strands that can form on affected wood surfaces. These strands are typically white or grey and may be accompanied by a silky grey skin frequently tinged with violet or yellow, which is the mycelium of the rot.

Wet Rot

Affected timber will often become soft and spongy, losing its structural integrity. It may easily crumble or break apart when prodded with a screwdriver or other sharp implement.

Wet rot typically causes the affected wood to become discolored, changing the appearance of the wood. Damp staining may also be present in the surrounding area due to excessive moisture.

The presence of wet rot often results in a musty, damp smell in the affected area, which is caused by the fungal decay and moisture.

What are the causes?

A lack of ventilation can cause moisture to build up and create perfect conditions for dry rot to grow.

Neglecting to maintain the building’s exterior and interior can lead to water penetration and moisture build-up, which can contribute to the development of dry rot.

Structural issues such as damaged or deteriorated wood, inadequate foundations, or poor drainage systems can also lead to the development of dry rot.

High humidity levels can lead to condensation and moisture buildup, creating a suitable environment for wet rot to grow. This can be caused by factors such as inadequate ventilation or drying facilities in the home.

If gutters and downpipes are not regularly cleaned and maintained, they can become blocked and cause water to overflow and penetrate the building’s structure, leading to wet rot.

Proper ventilation helps to prevent moisture buildup by allowing air to circulate and dry out any damp areas. A lack of ventilation can lead to stagnant air and excess moisture, which can promote wet rot growth.

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