Wet Rot Hawick

The cause of any rot problem is far more likely to be because of wet rot than of dry rot. A decrease in the strength of the wood affected by wet rot fungal attack is usually local to the damp area which has increased the timber moisture content. Our team of experienced property surveyors have seen it all and allows them to precisely identify the source of any rot problem and provide the best solution.

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    What Causes Wet Rot?

    Wet rot fungal attack problems originate from timber suffering from high moisture content. Wet rot spores can germinate and attack the timber as soon as the moisture content of the timber rises above 20%. However, the content would generally be around 35% for wet rot to germinate. The main causes of the high moisture content increases are rising damp, penetrating damp, plumbing leaks and condensation. Damp conditions usually happen because of faulty roof coverings, faulty plumbing, leaking gutters, defective masonry and failure in the damp proof course.

    Damp affected timbers provide the perfect conditions for wet rot to develop on. Wet rot can feed on the wood cells and seriously impact the strength of the timber. This can cause devastating structural damage if it is left untreated for too long. However, wet rot does not spread through masonry and generally impacts the localised damp timber.

    How to Identify Wet Rot

    Realising the difference between different types of rot issues can be a tricky thing to do. Wood tends to become less firm and darker in appearance once wet rot has begun to impact its strength.

    Signs of wet rot:

    • Discolouration of timber tends to be present
    • Shrinkage and cracking of timber
    • Paint finish can look damaged
    • Less firm 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 sign of 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 fungal attack. Contact our Hawick branch for advice or to arrange a property survey.

    Wet Rot Treatment & Repair

    Identifying where the moisture is coming from and fixing the damp problem is a crucial factor in successful wet rot treatment. Our preservation specialists can repair affected timber by replacing decayed timbers or treating them with a fungicidal solution to make the area sound again.

    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 our Hawick team 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

    Treating wet rot incorrectly can be extremely damaging to your property so it is vital you hire a professional service and not just any general building company. Speak with our Hawick branch who will be happy to help deal with your property problem, assess the wet rot outbreak and specify the appropriate treatment.

    Our qualified rot surveyor will investigate the affected area and detail the scope 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 in unprotected timber which becomes damp.

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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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