Wet rot and dry rot are both caused by fungus growing on damp wood. Finding the source of damp is a priority when addressing rot.
Wet rot requires more humid conditions than dry rot. Sometimes simply removing the source of damp is enough to solve the problem, on other occasions it may be necessary to cut out the rotten timber and replace with new.
Dry rot is less common but potentially more harmful because it can travel through and across building materials other than timber and requires much less damp in order to survive. When treating dry rot the affected timber should be replaced and neighbouring timber treated with fungicide. All affected masonry should be sterilised.
Treatment and repair
The treatment of wet and dry rot is usually combined with treatments for damp and ventilation. Please contact us if you have any concerns about damp, rot, or any other structural defect in your property.