Dry Rot And Wet Rot – The Difference.
The incidence of dry and wet rot in the United Kingdom and its surrounding areas is becoming a real problem for homeowners.
The problem is also becoming worse – it has huge implications for the cost of home insurance. But there is a difference between what dry rot and wet rot are.
So what are the implications of these two conditions?
Both of them are fungal conditions. But dry rot is identified as being caused by a fungal species named Serpula Lacrymans. It usually affects times that has a lower moisture content – hence the name. It affects timber that has a moisture content that is lower than 20%. This is in contrast to the wet rot that usually affects timber that has moisture content greater than 50%
Dry rot can be spotted by its appearance – it usually presents as a dry fungal spore that is white and dry. It can also show brown sprouting bodies that are above the actual growing parts of the fungal main growth.
Wet Rot, on the other hand, is very different. It does not resemble the dry rot in shape or form. As its name would indicate wet rot loves moisture. If the wood has a moisture content above 50% then wet rot would find a home there.
The effect on timber structures can be devastating. Wet rot is one of the most harmful things that can happen to any structure. It weakens supporting structures and can cause almost irreparable damage to any stricture that is made from wood.
It is absolutely essential that when wet rot is spotted it should be treated immediately. Wet Rot spreads incredibly quickly and the damage that it causes – if left untreated will cause harm to the structural parts of a building that is made of wood.
Without proper treatment – by a professional company that has a history of treating issues relating to the treatment of the problems relating to Wet Rot there is a very real possibility that the structural integrity of the building may be compromised.
It is also important to know that the growth of Wet Rot may be caused by issues that relate to the water management of any property. Downpipes and guttering, as well as other issues, will also make the incidence of Wet Rot that much prevalent.
For those who are renting or staying in a home that is not their permanent residence, they should bring this to the attention of their landlord as soon as possible.
The Edinburgh Damp Proofing Company can help deal with any Dry and Wet rot issues you may be having in your home. Get in touch with one of our experts using the contact form below.