The difference between wet rot and dry rot is that dry rot is slightly rarer and more serious, which can leave long-lasting, severely damaged timbers. Wet rot is slightly more common, whilst still a problem, it does not spread as deeply into the timber and is wet to touch.
What causes wet and dry rot?
Too much moisture within your home can lead to irreversible damage to the structure of your property 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.
What is wet rot?
Wet rot is always found next to a supply of excess water as it needs the moisture to grow. 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. Easy to identify, wet rot usually appears as a black or white fungal growth on timber. If it is left untreated, it can lead to structural instability within the property. Understanding what causes wet rot is essential in its prevention. Learn how Prokil’s expert services can help detect and treat wet rot in your property.
What is dry rot?
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. At Prokil our expert surveyors can identify rot in your home and provide effective dry rot treatment.
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