Wet Rot Edinburgh

Wet Rot can occur when timber wood comes into contact with water or moisture and decays. It can be far more common than dry rot, especially when timber is exposed outside, rainfall can cause wet rot. Get in touch with our property surveyors today who will be able to accurately diagnose any issues with wet rot and use their experience to

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What Causes Wet Rot?

Moisture is the main cause of wet rot. If moisture content rises above 20% this will then cause the spores in the wood to germinate which eventually leads to rot. Moisture is essentially a form of damp which can spread in your property. Wet rot can occur from rising damp, condensation, penetrating damp, a plumping leak or guttering problems.

If wet rot does occur it can lead to serious structural damage if not treated as quickly as possible. If not treated the wet rot will grow on he affected piece of wood and will eventually decrease the quality of the wood. However, it should be noted that wet rot cannot spread through masonry as it will only impact the area of damp timber.

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 then this would be a sign of wet rot. More signs of wet rot would include:

  • Discolouration of timber tends to be present
  • 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 does spread much quicker 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 Edinburgh branch for free advice or to arrange a property survey on 0131 3576290

Wet Rot Treatment & Repair

The first step in treating wet rot is to find the source of the moisture. Maybe it is a plumbing fault, a blocked gutter or a recent flood that has caused the damage? Once there is an indication of where the moisture is coming from then we will install a damp proof barrier to help protect against further damage. We can repair the damaged part of timber wood by treating it with a fungicidal solution or even replacing the affected piece of timer.

Due to there being different stages of wet rot, there is different levels of wet rot treatment as a result. At Richardson & Starling, we have experience in repairing all types of property issues of all sizes. As a result, we are able to give you a 30-year guarantee for our rot repair works. Get in touch with your Edinburgh branch for advice or a property survey.

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Wet Rot Survey

The cost of treating wet rot incorrectly can be extremely damaging to your property so it is vital you hire a professional service and not just any wet rot companies. A property survey can be provided by one of our specialists free of charge, if you own and live in the surveyed property located within 25 miles distance from the nearest branch (alternatively a charge may apply). Speak with our Edinburgh branch who will be happy to help deal with your property problem and asses the wet rot treatment costs.

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 problem is identified.

Timber Preservation Specialists

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

As a result, decay by fungal growth and infestation by wood boring insects is extremely common.

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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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