Wet Rot Glasgow

Wet rot is more common than dry rot. This decay tends to be based only in the area where timber has become wet. Our experienced property surveyors are here to help you by accurately diagnosing the problem before providing the most efficient solution.

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What Causes Wet Rot?

The source of a wet rot problem is from timber suffering from moisture. If the moisture content of the timber rises above 20%, this can cause wet rot spores to germinate and attack the timber. Any type of damp can cause an increase of the moisture content percentage. The main damp problems which can cause damage to your property includes: rising damp, condensation, penetrating damp and condensation.  Damp conditions tend to occur as a result of faulty plumbing, faulty roof coverings, leaking gutters and failure in the damp proof course.

The ideal environment for wet rot to grow is on damp affected timbers. Wet rot is able to feed on the wood cells and degrade the quality of the timber. This can often result in serious structural damage if it is not treated properly and is left to develop as it weakens the timber. However, wet rot cannot spread through masonry so can only impact the localised damp timber.

How to Identify Wet Rot

It can be hard to distinguish between different rot problems. Wet Rot’s effects on wood typically cause the wood to become soft and spongy and will look darker than normal wood as a result of the fungal content and moisture. Signs of wet rot:

  • 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

Dry rot attack can spread considerably more than a wet rot attack. However, a wet rot attack can still result in serious structural damage if it is not treated urgently once identified. If there is no clear fungal growth it can be hard to distinguish which type of rot it is. One of our experienced property care surveyors can find the source of the problem and provide the solution which will eradicate the problem. Contact your Glasgow branch for free advice or to arrange a property survey.

Wet Rot Treatment & Repair

Finding the source of the moisture and cutting off the supply is the most vital element of successful wet rot treatment. We will achieve this by either preparing the issue within the property or installing a damp-proof barrier which will protect against further damp penetration. Our preservation specialists can repair affected timber by replacing decayed timbers or treating them with a fungicidal solution.

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 Glasgow 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 wet rot attack and the affected timbers were repaired and protected with an appropriate microporous paint system.

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 Glasgow 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.

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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