Symptoms of Wood Rots:
Loss in strength, softening or disintegration of wood.
A hollow sound from large timbers.
Wood discolouring (Lighter or darker than normal).
Fungal Mycelium, strands or fruit bodies.
Presence of certain wood boring insects which only live in decayed wood. Read more about wood boring insects (Woodworm) here.
What are the Rots?:
Wood rotting fungi common in buildings can be divided into two major groups.
The first is Brown Rots and the second is White Rots.
Brown Rots cause the timber to become darker in colour, and they crack along and across the grain.
White Rots cause the wood to become lighter in colour and fibrous in texture without the cross cracking.
Except for one brown rot, Serpula Lacrymans, which is commonly called dry rot, all brown rots and white rots are together referred to as wet rots.
Dry rot fungus is significant for its ability to spread extensively behind plaster and through walls materials. Successful remedial treatments may require more elaborate and sometimes more expensive measures then treatment of wet rots.
The most important action in the remedial treatment of all wood attacking fungi is to rectify building faults or inadequacies which cause dampness, promote drying and prevent further dampness.
There are quite a few rots that can occur in a building and also some rare ones that don't appear very often. They are often misdiagnosed which can result in further damage by the rot or expensive treatments when they are not needed.
Our surveyor is qualified to assess all fungal decay and wood boring insect problems that occur in buildings. He is a Certificated Surveyor In Remedial Treatment. This is an industry recognised qualification gained through examination with the Property Care Association.
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