Wet Rot & Dry Rot, two similar issues, one a lot more severe
If you think you have a wood rot problem, you need to identify which type of rot you have as the treatments are very different.
The first thing you need to know is that wood rot spores, the fungal “seeds” are evrywhere, they just need to land on wet/damp wood and they start to devlope
The second thing that you need to know is that rot can not effect dry wood. So if you have wood rot, you have a problem with damp or a leak somewhere. Finding the root cause of the dampness in the timber is absolutely critical.
Last of all to provide effective treatment you need to know what type of wood rot you have. There are many different types of fungal attack on wood, though here in South Wales they fall into two main types.
There is so much conflicting information available on the internet. Supposed “industry experts” show pictures of dry rot on their sites, but it is clearly wet rot, and vice versa. These experts state that; wet rot means wet timber, not always true; that wet rot hyphae (strands) are dark in colour, not always true.
Identifying wet root can be tough, but you should always err on the side of caution. If you have any doubt that the rot you have is not wet rot but dry-rot, then treat as dry rot. Dry rot has far greater virulence and can do a lot more damage to the structural integrity of your home.
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