Wet Rot Inverness

Wet Rock is considerably more likely than dry rot to be the cause of any rot problem. The deterioration of the quality of wood tends to be based solely in the area where the timber has actually become wet. The vast experience our property surveyors possess puts them in the perfect position to accurately diagnose any rot problem and find the most efficient solution.

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What Causes Wet Rot?

Wet rot problems originate from timber suffering from moisture. These wet rot spores thrive in this environment and will invade the timber the second that the moisture content within the timber rises above 20%. Rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation are some of the main causes of moisture content. These damp issues tend to occur due to faulty plumbing, faulty roof coverings, failure in the damp proof course and leaking gutters.

Wet rot flourishes on damp affected timbers. Wet rot feeds on the wood cells and can have a detrimental effect on the quality of the timber. This can result in terrible structural damage if not treated promptly. However, wet rot is unable to spread through masonry so is only able to impact the localised damp timber.

How to Identify Wet Rot

Noticing the contrasts between the differing types of rot issues can be a very difficult task for the untrained eye to achieve. Wood becoming weaker and having a darker aesthetic are two of the key signs of wet rot to look out for.

Signs of wet rot:

  • Discolouration of timber tends to be present
  • Blemishes, crookedness, softness and splinters
  • Paint finish can look damaged
  • Less firm timber
  • Visible fungal growth
  • Damp musty smell

Wet rot does not spread anything like what a dry rot attack can develop like. This does not mean that wet rot cannot cause serious damage. Wet rot can cause serious structural issues if not treated immediately after being identified. No clear fungal growth can make it difficult to distinguish which type of rot it is. Our accomplished property surveyors will find the source of the problem and arrange the solution which will abolish the issue. Contact our Inverness branch for free advice or to arrange a property survey.

Wet Rot Treatment & Repair

Spotting where the source of the moisture is coming from and stopping its entry to your home is crucial with regards to successful wet rot treatment. There is different stages of wet rot, so there are varying 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 can give you a 30-year guarantee for our rot repair works. Get in touch with our Inverness 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

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 Inverness 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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