12 Feb What is the difference between wet and dry rot?
We explain the key differences between these two damp issues
As a result of its temperate climate, properties in the UK are always going to struggle to get away from the constant barrage of water. If it’s not falling from the sky as rain, it’s from a burst water pipe down the road or localised flooding.
Too much moisture within your home can lead to irreversible damage to the structure of your home as well as your possessions – something that can push the total cost into the tens of thousands. Because of this, you should always be on the lookout for signs of dry or wet rot within your property.
Wet rot – always found next to a supply of excess water as it needs the moisture to grow, and this is usually as the result of water leaking from pipes, guttering or the roof of your home. It can also be found above bathrooms or kitchens where steam has remained for an extended period of time. Easy to identify, wet rot usually appears as a black or white fungal growth on timber, but left untreated it can lead to structural instability within the property.
Dry rot – still requires water to develop despite its name, just not as much – it can grow in areas with just 20% moisture content. Dry rot can occur on timber as well as bricks and masonry, and usually grows out of sight under flooring and within walls. Once it has been identified, the source of the dry rot must be located to ensure the fungus doesn’t return.
If you are unsure about any damp issues you may have, contact us today and let one of our experts take a look to identify the cause within your home.