Olton, Solihull on 0121 707 4166
or Worcester on 01905 352 633
Ask a surveyor
a question
Enquire

Advice on any aspect of property preservation, just ask our qualified surveyors.

Accreditations

PWPDA Trust Mark GPI PCA
Slide 1 Slide 1 Slide 1 Slide 1 Slide 1

The company with a reputation to preserve!

Rudders & Paynes has a history dating back to 1956, arguably - it's the best known and most highly regarded name in the Remedial Treatment Industry in the West Midlands.

Wet rot remediation

Wood rotting fungus

Wet rot is a general term used to describe all but one of the fungal species responsible for timber decay. The majority of timber decay found in buildings is caused by species of wet rot fungi.

Wet rot is caused by high moisture content in timbers coupled with poor ventilation. The extent of the attack to the timber will, therefore, be limited to those areas that contain sufficiently high moisture content.

As an aid to the proper identification of any wood rotting fungus our qualified surveyor will observe the type of damage done to the wood, any visible mycelium and the size, shape and colour of any fruit-bodies that may be present. From these it will be determined whether the fungus is wet rot or dry rot, often the exact species concerned and the correct specification for remedial works necessary.

Wet rot decay in buildings frequently occurs in those areas that are seldom, if ever, entered. For example, within floor voids over basements, timber joists in suspended ground floors, dark corners of the roof space and many similar areas. It is therefore essential that any remedial treatment survey carried out be conducted in a thorough and professional manner. Rudders & Paynes surveyors are qualified and experienced and will always carry out as thorough a survey as possible in the conditions that prevail. Our report will determine the cause and type of wet rot decay, detail the damage to the affected timbers and will include our specification and quotation for all necessary remedial and specialist treatment works to fully resolve the problem.

Remedial works

With all timber destroying fungi the first priority is to identify the cause and source of the moisture affecting the timbers and thus providing the conditions conducive to fungal attack. Building defects, poor maintenance and/or lack of ventilation to the areas concerned will usually cause this. It is essential that the cause of moisture ingress is correctly identified and cured as part of remedial works prescribed to achieve a complete cure of the problem. The remedial works will also include improving the ventilation to the areas concerned. The successful eradication of wet rot will mean timbers that are structurally weakened will often need to be removed and replaced; the new timber will usually be pre-treated with preservative to provide long-term protection against fungal decay and beetle attack.