Dry Rot & Wet Rot Wood Treatment In Bristol & Bath
At Brunel Preservations, we have gained many years of experience & knowledge which has seen us successfully treat many serious outbreaks of dry rot or wet rot. The key to it is to deal with the source of the outbreak and ensure all rot treatment is thorough.
Once we have fully assessed the problem we provide a cost breakdown. All completed works come with full guarantees.
Dry Rot In Bath & Bristol
Despite the name, dry rot fungus will suck the life out of household timbers in damp, unventilated conditions. Typically, leaking gutters, plumbing problems or raging damp can cause wood-rotting fungi to develop. Dry rot has a distinctive mushroom smell and produces white fungal growth that turns the wood dry and crumbly.
Wet Rot In Bristol & Bath
Simply put, wet rot is a condition that affects timber/wood in your home. Wet rot can happen when there are high levels of moisture in your home, giving the fungus the ideal conditions it needs to start growing.
Wet rot is the general term used to describe a range of fungus species that cause wood rot, with the most common of those fungus being “Cellar Fungus” – (Coniophora Puteana)
Any wood/timber that is exposed to excess moisture creates an ideal breeding ground the spores of the fungus, therefore it’s moisture that usually creates the problem since excess moisture is generally caused by anterior reasons like leaky roofs, leaky pipes or even appliances that haven’t been connected properly. The possibilities are endless since there are so many ways that water can get into places where it’s not supposed to, allowing for the fungus to grow. Generally, if timber has been exposed to moisture for a period of time, wet rot will usually occur.
Wet rot is most commonly found in timber that has been exposed to damp. The timber then soaks the moisture up, creating the perfect environment for the rot to grow. The air around us carries thousands of tiny spores that are harmless and inactive until they land on the damp timber, giving them the perfect host material to grow, feed and multiply from.
How to Spot Wet Rot In Your Home
Spotting rot can be fairly easy since the appearance contrasts with the natural appearance of wood. There are two types of wet rot that can be found on timber which is brown & white. Both types can destroy timber in their own ways since both can affect timber differently, whilst still destroying the structural integrity of the timber. This should raise huge alarms as wet rot will gradually degrade the timber in your home until there is nothing left. Identifying the rot yourself is good for self-awareness, however, a professional survey is always recommended since trained inspection has to be carried out to correctly diagnosis the problem as different rots are treated differently. There are also some common signs of wet rot to look out for as it will cause the cracking of timber, weakened floorboards as well as a much deeper appearance when you observe the timber in your home. A key telltale sign is a damp musty smell as well as visible fungal growth on an area of timber.
Unfortunately, structural timber tends to be found in hard to reach areas like underneath floorboards, behind skirting boards and door frames. Since these areas are usually covered, it is not unusual for the rot to have spread throughout the home without the occupants knowing.
Wet Rot Treatments
Wet rot treatments are the only way of truly stopping wet rot and all forms of it since it stops the source of moisture as well stopping the timber absorbing moisture. In most cases, some timber will have to be cut out as these sections are past the point of repair/treatment. They will be replaced as well as being treated with a fungicidal solution to stop any further growth of the fungus.
The first stage of the treatment is finding the source of the excess moisture so that the timber in your home isn’t affected by it in the future. The second stage is to remove and replace the infected timber to rid the existing rot so that it won’t spread to the unaffected timber. The surrounding timber is then treated with a wood hardener and a preservative.
The longer you leave wet rot, the worse the problem will get. Wet rot can be a fairly simple issue to fix if caught in the early stages, however, it can have devastating effects on your property if left too late. Worse case scenario for any property is the complete replacement of the structural timber in your home.
If you suspect the presence of wet rot in your home then you should request a survey for your property. At Brunel Preservations, we provide reliable and consistent solutions that remove your home of wet rot. We have removed wet rot from thousands of homes in Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare successfully and without error. If you are looking for answers to your questions about wet rot then contact the experts at Brunel Preservations who can help you remove the wet rot in your home.
For severe damage we can carry out structural repairs and also re-plaster and decorate.
Dry Rot Treatment
- Full survey/analysis
- Establish source of the outbreak
- Destroy all fungal growth
- Remove affected timbers
- Spray/treat wide area
- Replace timbers
Wet rot treatment:
- Full survey/analysis
- Remove moisture source
- Cut out affected timbers
- Spray/treat if needed
- Replace timbers
Brunel Preservations can re-plaster and provide decorating services to return your property to full health after the timber treatment process. If you are in need of wet rot or dry rot removal, contact the specialists at Brunel today.