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TIMBER & DAMP SPECIALISTS

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The Effects of Rot

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Rot is one of the major causes of timber decay in old and even modern buildings.The two most common types of wood rot include wet rot and dry rot, which are caused by fungal decay in building timbers

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How do I know if my property is affected

It is important to identify whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is because dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a building.

 

Dry Rot

Dry rot can cause widespread structural damage. We recommend thatyou call us in immediately to carry out a survey if dry rot is suspected.

 

For this reason additional measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot outbreaks over and above those necessary when dealing with outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.

 

Wet Rot

The two types of wet rot, brown and white can both be destructive to timber, they have a different affect upon the wood depending upon type. Generally brown rots cause cuboidal cracking & shrinkage of the timber whilst white rots tend to reduce the timber to a stringy, fibrous texture

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What Options are Available?

Timber can become damp for a number of reasons. Among the most common causes are leaking washing machines, shower trays, baths, condensation etc... The dampness can also come from outside the building, for example, leaking roofs, rising dampness, or dampness penetrating through walls.

 

Whatever, the source of the dampness, if it is rectified and the timber allowed to properly dry out, the dry rot will eventually be controlled.

 

However, it is not always possible or practical to be sure that the timbers will remain dry in the long term. Therefore, it is important that secondary measures are taken to defend against re-infection.

 

Any affected timbers should be removed and replaced with pre-treated timber. Any remaining timbers at risk of being affected by the dry rot should be treated with an effective fungicide. Where the dry rot has passed through the masonry, it should be isolated using physical containment and/or masonry sterilisation.

 

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