Wet Rot Specialists in Aberdeen

Wet rot is caused when moisture from a damp issue affects an area of timber which will cause wet rot spores to germinate. If you are worried that your property may be experiencing some penetrating damp and potential wet rot then call one of our highly experienced property surveyors today who can come to your property and resolve the issue.

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    What Causes Wet Rot?

    Moisture of any form – whether that is rainfall, penetrating damp and plumbing leaks can cause wet rot. If moisture content within the wood rises above 20% this can cause spores to germinate and lead to a wet rot attack. Damp is the main problem, whether wet rot is caused by penetrating damp or rising damp you must get this treated as quickly as possible.

    High moisture levels come essentially from some form of damp which can deteriorate your property. Wet rot can occur from rising damp, condensation, penetrating damp, plumping leaks or defective roof coverings or gutters. If not treated quickly, the area of affected wood will lose structural strength and stability. However, it should be known that wet rot fungus does not spread through, brick, stone or masonry and generally stays in the damp affected area.

    How to Identify Wet Rot

    It can be difficult to notice wet rot if the area of timber is hidden however if you do notice any wood which is soft and spongy, looking darker than normal or signs of cracking then this could be a sign of wet rot. More signs of wet rot would include:

    • Cracking and shrinking of the timber
    • Blemishes, crookedness, softness and splinters
    • Paint finish can appear damaged
    • Loss of strength to the timber
    • Visible fungal growth
    • Damp musty smell

    Although dry rot fungi does spread much further than wet rot, you should still ensure you give one of our experienced property surveyors a call so they can measure the damage and properly treat it. Contact your Aberdeen branch for advice or to arrange a property survey on (01224) 893930.

    Wet Rot Treatment & Repair

    Once our experienced property surveyors visit your property, they will firstly find the source of the moisture and damp problem. When the source of the damp has been identified then this needs to be repaired. Then they can make a start to repair the affected wood with fungicidal solution, supplement the timbers or in badly rotted areas completely replace the affected timbers.

    Due to there being different stages of wet rot, there is different levels of wet rot treatment available to deal with the outbreak. At Richardson & Starling, we have experience in repairing all types of property issues of all sizes. For your peace of mind, we give you a 30-year guarantee for our rot repair works. Get in touch with our Aberdeen branch for advice or a property survey.


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    Wet Rot Treatment – Case Study

    Water penetration through defective external pointing to this timber clad property had resulted in an attack of wet rot affecting the internal floor joist ends and wall plate which were repaired and treated to make the floor sound again. Excessive moisture to the external cladding timbers had also resulted in a wet rot attack and the affected timbers were repaired and protected with an appropriate microporous paint system.

    Wet Rot Survey

    Treating wet rot incorrectly can be extremely damaging to your property so it is vital you hire a professional service and not just any building company. A property survey can be provided by one of our specialists who will be happy to help deal with your property problem and assess the wet rot outbreak and treatment repair works.

    Our qualified rot surveyor will closely investigate the affected area and measure the scale of the problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of rot and damp problems that could affect your property. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what rot problem is affecting your property.

    Timber Preservation Specialists

    Most structures throughout the United Kingdom have large sections of the building formed with timber. Whether it is supporting beams and posts, or simply the roof, walls and floors, timber has been used for thousands of years and is still one of the most commonly used building materials today.

    Due to the use of unprotected timber in buildings, decay by fungal growth and infestation by wood boring insects is extremely common.

    30 Year Guarantee for Wet Rot Repairs

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    After eight decades of successful property surveys and repairs, we’re confident to offer you a 30 Year Guarantee that transfers with the Property.

    Richardson & Starling are long standing members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and the Guarantee Protection Insurance scheme (GPI). This demonstrates our ability to meet technical and financial requirements to offer an insurance back-up to our own long term guarantees if you would like this.

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