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Examining your home is the initial step to resolving any damp issues. At Brighton Damp Treatments, our damp proofing team will only identify genuine damp problems and provide cost-effective solutions. Our moisture proofing professionals can inspect your property, undertake a comprehensive damp and timber survey and suggest the best type of repair. All our experts must be approved by the Property Care Association (PCA).

When assessing any building, regardless of its age, rot is often the cause behind timber decay. Two varieties of wood rot exist: dry and wet; both are due to fungal degradation of wooden timbers. Brighton Damp Treatments offers an extensive selection of damp proofing and treatments, and we are sure our cost-effective repairs will be supported by a XX-year guarantee.

You can trust our damp proofing professionals to analyse the issues through comprehensive surveys, and provide you with professional services for lasting assurance. Whether it be rising damp treatment, basement waterproofing, wet rot control, timber treatments or other damp proofing knowledge – we have got you covered.

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What is Wet Rot?

Wood degradation caused by wet rot is one of the most common varieties. Wet rot is a wood-rotting fungus that thrives in moist wood; it encompasses many species, such as Coniophora puteana and Choanephora cucurbitarum. These fungi feed on cell walls, weakening the timber and compromising the structure of any buildings they inhabit.

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Comparing Dry and Wet Rot

Differentiating between dry and wet rot is not simple. However, certain characteristics can assist in determining the distinction. For wet rot to develop, a humidity level of 50% or higher is necessary, whereas for dry rot it only needs 20-30%.

Dry rot can cause more destruction than wet rot due to two elements. Initially, it needs a lower amount of moisture to survive. In addition, dry rot often occurs in hidden areas.

Identifying Wet Rot

Wet rot is typically the result of a potential structural issue, yet can also be due to long-term Rising Damp.

Wet rot is the most prevalent source of damage to wooden structures. Wet rot is a term for wood that has deteriorated due to excessive moisture levels. Almost any type of timber in homes can be susceptible, so it’s not easy for non-experts to identify. It should not be mistaken for dry rot which is much more serious.

Signs of Wet Rot

  • Fungal growth on lumber is localized.
  • The timber has a soft, spongy texture.
  • The affected area looks darker than the neighbouring wood.
  • The crumbling of affected dry timber into particles.
  • The timber is diminishing.

Bleaching of window and door frames made from wood can give them a more vibrant, attractive look. It is an easy process that requires only a few steps:

1) Clean the frame with soapy water;

2) Apply bleach to the wood; 3) Rinse off the bleach with clean water;

4) Allow the frame to dry completely before staining or varnishing.

Cleansing wooden window and door frames can impart them with a brighter, more pleasing aesthetic. The procedure is simple and straightforward:

1) Wash down the framework using soapy water;

2) Spread bleach over it;

3) Rinse off with fresh H2O;

4 ) Let frame dry thoroughly prior to sealing or varnishing.

If a knife pushed into painted timber goes in up to its handle, it is an indication of rot.

A musty damp odour pervades the air.

In the absence of any visible fungus, we can distinguish Wet Rot from Dry Rot by examining the colour of wood, as well as the type and size of cracks that form. Wet Rot has a musty and damp odour, akin to rotting soil. In reality, it may even smell stronger than dry rot. If you detect any signs of these issues in your home, get in touch with an expert straight away for treatment.

What are the Consequences of Ignoring Wet Rot?

If you neglect to treat wet rot, the wood will become weakened and may even put those living in the residence at risk. The mildest outcome of this could be a softened chipboard floor that is uncomfortable but bearable.

When crucial structural timber is exposed to moisture for a long period, such as when near a damp wall or at ground level, it could suffer detrimentally and lose its integrity. This could be due to water seepage.

If wood is rotting, it will become spongy and weak. Testing with a sharp tool such as a knife or screwdriver will confirm if this is the case as indentations can be seen when prodded. If there are also cracks running along the grain then moisture may be present. For help in treating wet rot, contact Brighton Damp Treatments at **01273 920588**.

Dealing with Wet Rot

Having conducted a wet rot treatment survey, reached an agreement on the solution and arranged a convenient appointment with you, our professionals are ready to attend your home and rectify the problem. To deal with the wet rot in your property, our technicians will:

Identifying and Eliminating Moisture Sources

Our experts will take out any infected wood and wall plaster to locate and combat the source of moisture. Before treating wet rot, the source of humidity must be fixed and dried; this will stop wet rot spores from germinating again.

Removing Damaged Areas

To stymie the proliferation of your existing rot fungus issue, remove any skirtings, panelling, ceilings and plaster that have been impaired or begun to deteriorate.

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How to Effectively Combat Wet Rot

A fungicidal paste is applied as a protective chemical barrier if structural timbers and brickwork are affected by wet rot fungus. This will not only keep the rot from returning, but also defend against woodworm for years to come.

Replacing Damaged Timber

Once our property technicians are satisfied that the wet rot treatment has totally eradicated rot from your home, they will commence replacing the taken-out timber with preservative-treated timbers.

Best Treatment for Wet Rot

Wet rot is most common where wood has been exposed to moisture and remains damp. We don’t just treat the damage when we address damp rot though – the source must be tackled. Work out where water enters the timber to prevent future wetness and make sure that rot doesn’t return.

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Fungal Treatment with Fungicides

In many cases, replacing the damaged timber is not necessary; applying a fungicide to the wood can stop damp rot. Additionally, during drying out, a fungicide should be administered to treat wet rot.

Observing the development of fungal growth or hyphae strands requires irrigation with a potent fungicide to trace and sterilise it. Any contaminated timber or debris found in voids beneath the floor must be removed and burned.

You must discard any plaster that has been contaminated, e.g. by fibres. Use a fungicidal solution to treat affected timbers. For optimal results, Brighton Damp Treatments and our team of professionals are the ideal choice for treating wet rot. We will identify where the dampness is originating from as well as which areas have been affected. Don’t delay; if you’re uncertain how to deal with your wet rot issue, call us on **01273 920588** now.

Preventing Wet Rot

If you have wooden features in areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, they must be adequately cared for to prevent deterioration. Areas particularly susceptible to dampness include window sills, fence posts, timbers that come into contact with brickwork but are not protected by damp proofing, timber used on farms in silage or manure piles, river piling and marine structures; as well as timber used in the construction of bridges.

Wood hardeners are ideal for wet rotted wood; after soaking into the timber, it increases its strength. Perfectly suitable for window frames and doors, these products can prove invaluable.

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