Wet Rot

What is it?

Wet Rot – Wet rot is a severe form of timber decay caused by fungal growth and has the potential to impact the structural integrity of your property if left untreated. The term ‘wet rot’ is used to describe a range of different species of fungi which are largely responsible for wood rot.

Why does Wet Rot Occur?  In homes that are affected by high moisture levels, wet rot can quickly establish.  Wet rot is commonly found in timbers that have become damp.

Underlying Causes – Presence of Wet Rot could indicate an underlying problem, such as a burst pipe or sub-standard insulation. At No. 1 Home, we don’t just eliminate wet rot – we also eliminate the source of it too.

Hard to Spot – In the majority of properties, timber is concealed behind plaster or cladding and this can make wet rot hard to spot. Fortunately, our professionals know just where to look and precisely what to look out for.

Unlike dry rot, wet rot doesn’t spread to unaffected areas and is, therefore, less destructive.  It is however, more common and can still cause severe structural damage if allowed to go unchecked.

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    Spot the Signs


    Wet rot can be divided into two types – brown and white.  Due to the range of wet rot species, it can often be difficult to identify and is often mistaken by property owners for the far more serious dry rot. The correct identification of the rot is necessary as the treatment of wet rot and dry rot are different.

    The signs of wet rot include but are not limited to the following:

    Damp Feeling Timber

    Darkened Timber

    Cracking and Flaking Timber

    Fungal Growth

    Weakened Floorboards

    Damp Musty Smell

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    Wet Rot Eradication


    With the team at No 1 Home, our trained and professional team are experienced in finding the symptoms and visual clues that suggest Wet Rot is present.

    When treating wet rot the main priority is to stop the source of moisture and to dry out any surrounding areas of the infestation.

    No. 1 Home specialists will:

    • Identify the nature, type and extent of the decay.
    • Determine the cause, finding the source of moisture and drying out the surrounding area.
    • Apply fungicidal paste (where necessary) to the surface and/or centre of timbers.
    • Remove and replace any structurally unsound timbers.
    • Advise what additional steps (if any) are required to safeguard the property.
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    After diagnosing wet rot, we employ our modern and state of the art wet rot treatments to combat the problem itself, but more importantly; the cause of the damp.

    This will treat the existing problem and also help to prevent further outbreaks in the property. So, if you’re in need of a treatment for wet rot in Bournemouth or anywhere else in Dorset, look no further than No. 1 Home.

    Get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable team today and let us know how we can help by calling

    0800 068 33 87

    or fill out our handy online form.

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