Rot FAQs

What is the difference between wet rot and dry rot?

A lot of people get confused by the differentials. The outcome is still bad either way and no wants to have it or if they do admit to it, but between Dry rot and Wet rot there is difference between.

  • Dry rot doesn’t grow to a huge amount of moisture and lack of ventilation unlike Wet rot. It is caused by the timber itself not being looked after properly, leaving it gradually to weaker from inside first then the outside of the timber,the colour of this tends to go to a yellowish mushroom colour and produce red like brown spore dust.
  • Wet rot on the other hand grows where there is moisture touching the timber, it gives a very wet appearance and would probably come from the walls as a cause of this so check regular on your walls if it feels very wet or damp. Wet rotting break the timber from the outside to the inside.

What is dry rot and how is it caused?

As mentioned before, Dry rot is a wood fungus that is feed by dampness and moisture that comes to contact with the wood, over time making the wood much weaker in appearance and strength, in the air there are bacteria cells known dry rot spores, we do not notice them but they are all around us and when the right enviroment is there, the timber then after a while starts to develop a red and brown coloured powder on the wood, this is the spore fungal growing rapidly.

Can wet rot develop into dry rot?

Wet rot can not turn into dry rot. They are two different types of rot fungas’s and both require different methods in order to survive and process properly.

How much will it cost to treat rot and will you give me a fixed price quotation for the work?

Before we can tell you if you have to pay or not we have to run a complete survey on the infected area, once we have had a look at and got an idea of how bad the damage is, then we can tell if you would be required to pay, but usually our customers who spot the rot fairly tend to get the service free of charge.

What can I expect to happen if I don’t have the rot treated?

If you keep the rot left untreated for longer amount of time the weaker the timber will be come and potential dangerous.

Is wet rot more common than dry rot?

Within the UK it is more common to come across wet rot rather than dry rot, however we have limited data to prove this but from what we have it is more common to get wet rot than dry rot.

I think I have dry rot in my property. How would you carry out treatments?

In a lot of the situations we have encountered we have generally had to remove the infected wood and any other timber connected or close to it, sterilise the infected area the prevent any further infection then new timber wood can be placed down.

Will I have to move out during treatments?

It is very uncommon to have to be forced to move out whilst the operation is in process but if the damage is that extreme and potential dangerous we will have to move you out.

Can dry rot cause health problems?

For dry rot to occur there must be obvious damp conditions and sometimes the spore dust being there as well, if you are concerned you should contact your GP to see if you have any medical issues that may need to attended to.

How can you prevent rot in the first place?

A great, easy and effective to prevent rot is keeping a good building maintenance, this way you are giving minimal chances of rot to occur and spread.

Do you treat rotten wood decking?

We do not treat this, in fact we advise an is actually cheaper just to replace. Normally wood decking comes already treated against timber rot, however just to be sure you should regularly clean it just to keep it in condition

Do you treat window sill rot?

Rot on your window sill is just a lot of the time wet rot, this is caused by a lack of looking after it. If you have a larger window frame it can be easily repaired without the need of having to completely replacing the entire frame, by splicing a section of the sill it will spread through out and clean through completely.

Do you treat wood beam rot?

We do treat wood beam, however depending on where the beams are, we would cut the decayed timber wood out and then we would either bolt in or resin fix new sectors of timber.

How would you treat rotting floorboards?

Before we can do anything we would have to inspect and find out what caused the decay and bring it out, If the floorboards are rotten through we would need to replace them and the rest of non infected floorboards will be treated against so they will be immune to rot in the future run.