Wet Rot Treatment in Bermondsey, London

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When we consider any building, regardless of its age, any timber decay within the building is often caused by rot. Wood rot commonly shows up in two forms: wet and dry rot, both forms are brought on by fungal decay in building timbers.

What is Wet Rot?

Wet rot refers to a parasite known to thrive in wet timber. It twists the timber, triggering swelling and fibre separation; leading to loss of structural strength and crumbling. Wet rot can speed up the decay process, making timber lose its structural integrity and eventually collapse. Exposure to sources of moisture is the root cause of wet rot in structural wood. This may be from the ‘wet’ side of a house, penetrating damp or faulty plumbing. Wet Rot is a fungus and will spread to neighbouring timbers, which in turn suffer damage.

What is the Difference Between Dry Rot and Wet Rot?

Dry rot triggers quick and extensive damage to structural timber as it spreads through the affected property. Wet rot, while occurring more often, causes less harm; the waterlogged areas on the timber suffer virtually all the damage. In the absence of fungi, wet and dry rot can be differentiated by relating the extent of damage (size and type of cracks) and the colour of the timber with the development of either type of rot.

What causes Wet Rot?

Certain environmental conditions are behind the development of wet rot spores. The major cause of wet rot is moist timber. Moisture is a major factor in the progress of wet rot formation. Consequently, signs of damage become visible on the decaying timber.

The Dangers of Wet Rot in Bermondsey

Wet rot is a serious problem. It can cause irreparable damage to your home and reduce its value. If you find wet rot in your home, you must treat it quickly or risk allowing the infection to spread. A recent survey asked 2,038 homeowners in London if they had ever experienced wet rot in their homes, where they noticed it, and whether they were able to prevent a recurrence.

The shocking results revealed that more than 20% had experienced wet rot in their homes. Wet rot destroys timber flooring and can make the building structurally unsafe. Besides the costly repair work required to get rid of wet rot, it can also reduce your property’s value, and many insurance firms do not provide coverage for houses where there is moisture ingress and damp build-up.

Damp Proofing Can Help Prevent

  • Rising / Penetrating Damp
  • Ingress of Water
  • Salt Crystallization
  • Plaster Breakdown
  • Damp Staining
  • Wet Rot / Dry Rot

What are the Warning Signs of Wet Rot?

The conditions required to facilitate the appearance and growth of the fungus differ depending on the type and cause of moisture it is exposed to. Easy to spot signs include the wallpaper peeling off at the corners, the central heating boiler malfunctions, cookers don’t work properly, and/or a musty smell is present. Common areas where wet rot occurs include beneath the kitchen sink, along external walls, attics and roof spaces. It commonly affects older houses which have been built with timber frames and not modern timber species such as Sapele or Meranti. Timber below ground level and as high as the one-floor level are also vulnerable to wet rot. Being able to identify wet or dry rot is a big part of managing its growth. A damp survey is on the cards if you believe your home has been infested.

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How and When Should I Look for Wood Rot?

You should comb your home annually to look out for signs of wood rot and damp. The pre-winter weatherproofing period is an excellent time to get this done. You’ll need a screwdriver with a long handle and a decent flashlight.

You should check the window siding for signs of discolouration and swelling. Paint can cover wood rot, so the wood must be rough and solid, try jabbing the siding with your screwdriver. If the wood gives in with pressure and has a spongy texture, then you are dealing with wood rot. Use a powerful flashlight to search for discoloured wood in the attic. Use the screwdriver test when you reach any part that fits the bill. Ensure you check the underside of the roof decking, in the joints where the wood members connect at the top of the roof, and at the edges of the attic where the rafters slope down to form the eaves, are prime spots in the attic for wood rot.

Using the flashlight to detect discolouration around the perimeter wood plate that lies directly on the top of the concrete basement wall, inspect the wood members in a basement or crawl room (sill plate). With the screwdriver, inspect any discoloured regions. Inspect the floors and walls around baths/tubs, under sinks, and the water heater for any sign of discolouration or water leakage.

How do we identify wet rot?

Identifying wet rot is not an exact science, there many different forms of wet rot that can affect timber in different ways. If you can push a knife all the way into painted timber, that is an obvious sign of rot.

Our specialist damp proofing experts have years of experience and are trained to look for the following:

  • Localised fungal growth on timber
  • The soft, spongy feel of timber; the affected area appears darker than the surrounding timber.
  • The soft and spongy texture of rotting timber; the affected region often looks darker than the other parts.
  • That spongy, soft feel timber gets when affected by wet rot; the affected parts are darker than the other areas.
  • The spongy, soft texture of rotten timber; the infested area is darker than the other parts.
  • The springy feeling that is an indicator of wet rot; the affected area is often darker than others around it.

  • Crumbling of affected dry timber into particles.
  • Dry timber crumbling into particles.
  • The crumbling of infested timber into dry particles.
  • Dried-out timber disintegrating into particles.
  • The disintegration of rot-eaten timber into particles.
  • Shrinking timber
  • Bleaching wood in window and door frames
  • Flaky or damaged paint
  • A musty, damp smell

What to Do After You Detect Wet Rot?

You need a damp expert to treat wet rot and make sure the source of moisture is cut off to prevent a recurrence. If you need to know more about wet rot treatment, Southern Damp Proofing is ready to help! Call 020 7971 1329 today to get started.

Wet Rot and Damp Proofing in Bermondsey

We can provide help with damp proofing and wet rot treatment in Bermondsey. Call us if you notice any signs of damp or wet rot in your home, we can fix the problem and help you avoid the health risks and potential damage to your building’s structural integrity as the decay spreads. We will investigate the source of the damp or wet rot and provide solutions as well as advise on how to prevent a similar situation.

Timber damp proofing differs from cosmetic treatment; it is the deliberate act of protecting the timber from the effects of rot and decay. There are two main ways to protect the timber. Surface treatments are highly unreliable; they do not solve the problem and even end up escalating the issue. The only way out is to encapsulate the entire surface with a membrane, replace or treat the timber. Southern Damp Proofing can provide more information on wet rot treatment, call our experts on 020 7971 1329 today to get started.
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Wet Rot Treatment Specialists in Bermondsey

With 20 years experience tackling wet rot in Bermondsey, we are leading specialists offering free, no-commitment cost estimates and site surveys to a wide range of property owners. Our wet rot and damp proofing experts will visit you, identify the signs of water ingress or wet rot, and then recommend the best course of action. Our team of experts can diagnose and treat all types of wet rot in properties using advanced methods.

Wet Rot Treatment in Bermondsey

Wet rot typically occurs in areas with sustained exposure to moisture. However, we don’t just deal with the affected area alone during treatment, we consider the source as well. We examine the pathways moisture takes in reaching the timber and block them all off, eliminating the possibility of a repeat case. To get a lasting solution, only seasoned professionals should be responsible for wet rot treatment. Delay in treatment results in pricey repair work down the line. When you observe the development of fungi growth or hyphae strands, you are best off to engage the services of a specialist team of experts, such as Southern Damp Proofing. We have the technical knowledge to handle wet rot treatment effectively. Southern Damp Proofing is always ready to help, we quickly identify the cause of the humidity and the affected areas. Don’t put it off any longer, call us today on 020 7971 1329 or complete and submit the contact form to get started.

Our Wet Rot Treatment Process in Bermondsey

The more you wait, the worse the damage gets. Identifying the progress of the fungal rot early could mean the treatment will be restricted to just a small area. In circumstances where the wet rot has been allowed to take deep root in the timber, you might have to consider replacing entire timbers or carrying out major repairs. Treating wet rot involves a series of steps. The treatment of wet rot involving timbers must start with addressing the root of the problem and preventing moisture from reaching the timber. We take corrective action to locate and eliminate the sources of water leakage on timber including poor guttering and condensation. Builders and contractors without sufficient expertise in the matter tend to replace the decayed wood. Thereafter, such treatment typically involved the spraying of chemical preservatives in the affected area. This can only lead to failure. If you are unsure about the presence of wet rot in your building, no worries! Southern Damp Proofing is always ready to help you get rid of it and save your timber.

What happens to Wet Rot if left untreated?

Ignoring wet rot gives it the license to weaken the structural timber, which could put the lives of the residents in danger. When the rot settles in the timber, it becomes spongy and falls in if you poke it with a knife or screwdriver. An extreme result means that structural timbers lose their integrity over time. In a worst-case scenario, this means your property could be condemned. Call Southern Damp Proofing 020 7971 1329 to get started.

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What is the cost of Wet Rot Treatment in Bermondsey?

Rot can have a devastating effect on any property. Repair and damp proofing costs will be different for each project based on the type and level of damage inflicted on the wood. However, don’t let it deter you. With our team of professionals available to help, you will quickly realise that wet rot treatment in Bermondsey can be affordable. We are here to help you make the right decision for your home and families wellbeing.

How to prevent wet rot?

Wood should be protected from moisture at all times to prevent decay. Wood hardeners for use on timber at risk of being affected by wet rot are also an effective measure. The wood gains strength after the hardener soaks into it. Areas that are more prone to damage from damp include window boxes and sills, and timber in close contact with stonework without being subjected to damp proofing treatment like the use of sealants or fungicides.

Talk to Our Wet Rot Treatment Experts Today!

If you seek further information to help you select the treatment of wood rot that would best serve your needs, don’t hesitate and call 020 7971 1329 to talk to a Wet Rot advisor at Southern Damp Proofing.

FAQs

Is there a DIY treatment solution?

Wet rot problems are not easy for property owners to fix on their own. The treatment would require you to find why the timber in your building is exposed to moisture. We at Southern Damp Proofing will advise you to employ professionals to help you look into solutions for wet rot.

Can Wet Rot Cause Health Problems?

Empirical evidence revealed that only 2% of wet rot cases pose a threat to the health of the residents. Nevertheless, in severe cases of infestation, spores caused by wet rot can bring up respiratory issues in the elderly, children, and people with existing medical conditions.

Is Wet Rot Capable of Spreading?

Dry rot does, but not wet rot. If left unchecked, it can cause extensive damage to your property. You can stop the fungal rot by getting rid of the source of moisture; you must attack the issue at the source to get any sort of lasting solution.

Is wet rot smelly?

We associate wet rot with a damp and musty smell, much like the odour of rotten soil. In fact, wet rot has a stronger smell compared to that of dry rot.

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