The most common wet rot we find in the home is the brown variety known as Cellar Fungus.
Wet rot is simply the wood decaying naturally because of moisture. It is almost always caused by a structural problem, a damp wall, poor or damaged paint work or simply water collecting on the timber. The cause must be sorted when the timber is treated for wet rot or it will reoccur.
The areas most at risk from Wet rot are;
Preventing Wet rot.
Paint all external timber frames, look for damp walls and sort the problem, could be the damp proof course is missing or damaged. A roof tile may have slipped, if you find or suspect Wet rot ask for advice as the symptom may be just a sign of a bigger problem.
Make sure that any soil and other debris is cleared away from around the bottom of timber frames.
Check Wet rots favourite places. These are under the kitchen sink, bath, shower, washing basins, toilet and behind the washing machine. These are places where a small leak from either a water supply or drain could go unnoticed for a long time.
Treating Wet rot.
First of all treat any structural problem, there is no point in repairing the damage to the timber if it is going to reappear.
If you are into Diy, I have listed the Wet rot products I use for Hardening the rotted wood, filling the affected area and a Wet rot treatment for the repair and importantly the surrounding timber later on this page.
Fixing wet rot damage.
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