Wet Rot and Dry Rot

Abbey Builders have the knowledge and experience to tackle all kinds of wet and dry rot issues in your property. We can conduct thorough damp and timber surveys enabling us to provide expert advice and guidance on how to tackle the problems caused by moisture in the structures of your property.

What is the difference between Wet Rot and Dry Rot?
Dry Rot Fungus is the more serious of the two as it spreads throughout the timber, whereas, Wet Rot occurs more frequently but usually stays within one localised area on the timber.

Wet Rot

When there is excess moisture in the air Wet Rot is caused as the moisture is absorbed into the timber. The moisture softens the timber if left too long or goes unnoticed. Wet Rot is not a health hazard, however, can be unsafe within the structure of a building and should be addressed when it is found.

Signs to look for:

  • Dark Timber
  • Timber looks soft and spongy
  • Damp and musty smell
  • May appear to look cracked and crumbly when dry
  • It may have shrunk

Dry Rot

Dry rot is a form of timber decay that can cause structural damage to your property if left untreated. It is important to eliminate the source of moisture and stop the spores from the rot spreading.

With Dry Rot being the more serious out of the two, it must be identified as soon as possible as the timber within the building becomes weak and brittle. Dry Rot gives an appearance of a dull muddy brown colour with fairly deep cracks. Poor ventilation and moisture can cause dry rot.

Signs to look for:

  • Wood shrinks or darkens
  • Produces a moist odour
  • A fruiting body, which looks like a mushroom may appear
  • A cotton wool-like growth call Mycelium may also appear

Why not contact us for a Survey. We will investigate the extent of the problem and recommend a solution to ensure it doesn't return.

For your peace of mind, we offer a guarantee on all the work that we undertake. Please call us for more indepth information on our wet & dry rot services. We offer our services to residential and commercial clientele throughout Liverpool and neighbouring areas.


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