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Wet Rot

Posted on 13/01/2016 in

There are several types of wet rot. Wet rot is a general term for wood destroying fungi. The two main common types of wet rot are:

  • Cellar Fungus (Coniophora puteana).
  • Mine Fungus (Fibroporia vaillantii).

Wet rot causes defects in timber such as distortion, cracking, discolouration, softness and the loss of structural strength. It may give off a damp musty smell and can sometimes become visible as a fungal growth.

Wet rot is usually caused by a defect in a building such as rising damp, penetrating damp, a leaking roof or some other form of moisture ingress.

Wet rot requires a moisture content of 50% – 60%.

 

Wet Rot Treatment

To eradicate wet rot, the source of moisture needs to be removed or reduced to less than 20%. Affected timbers should be removed and replaced with new treated timbers and any adjacent timbers at risk should also be treated.

At BAR Preservation our experienced joiners and technicians have the knowledge and the technical back up to ensure projects are carried out safely and correctly.

We also ensure that our treatments are environmentally friendly using low odour micro-emulsion fluids, pastes and gels applied by spray, brush or injection methods: Often you’ll be able to return to a treated building after just one hour.

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