Wet Rot

Wet Rot is the most common form of wood rot, accounting for the majority of fungi that infest timber and cause it to decay. It occurs when water has penetrated timber. Any dampness that has penetrated timber creates nourishment for fungal spores to grow. For this reason its growth is restricted to just those areas that are damp.

Visible symptoms include:

  • Cracked timbers, or timbers that are discoloured and soft (any evidence that they are losing strength)
  • A damp musty smell
  • Occasionally, visible fungal growth
Wet Rot is most commonly found in, though not exclusively, lower window frames and sills, doorposts and other external timber in contact with the ground.

If Wet Rot is unnoticed or ignored it can, over time, cause significant damage to affected timber and will have to be treated by a professional or, worse still, the timber may have to be replaced. If you have any suspicions that a building is suffering from wet rot then you should contact a Surveyor immediately.