Wet and Dry Rot

wet rot

Affordable wet rot treatment in Exeter and across Devon

Rot is a serious problem in any property. Weakening structural beams, if left unchecked, can be a menace to the integrity of a building.

Protect your building from rot

Caused by the spread of fungi within the wood, rot is initially started by the presence of enough moisture to activate fungal spores. As the fungal strands grow, they digest the materials in the wood which give it its strength and rigidity, causing it to crack and eventually crumble.

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Dry rot and wet rot

Though similar, dry rot refers to  a specific quite rare fungus which requires relatively low moisture to thrive, while wet rot requires humid or damp environments. Exe Terminators and Co Ltd offers you effective treatment to halt any rot in its tracks.
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Rapid rot treatment

Like any form of structural decay, rot is best treated quickly. If you have any reason to believe that you may need rot treatment, don't hesitate to contact us. We will be able to assess the damage and quickly offer you a plan of action. This will include an investigation for the cause of the issue.

Dry rot (serpula lacrymans)

Dry Rot is certainly one of the most serious problems that can occur in a property. It is triggered off initially by a source of moisture - damaged roofing, broken guttering or downpipes, faulty plumbing, damage to WC pans and cisterns, rising dampness in walls at ground level together with a lack of subfloor ventilation.
For the fungus to establish itself from millions of minute spores carried in the air, the timber must have a moisture content of approximately 21% or above. In its early stages of development the growth is white and fluffy, similar in appearance to cotton wool. Dry Rot strands (Hyphae) grow on the surface of the timber and masonry and in advanced state develop into sporophors (fruiting bodies) which will be coloured a distinctive rust brown, violet and yellow which in turn produce millions of rust coloured spores for future propagation. These areas are when the fungus is under threat - when it reaches light or ventilation.

Wet rot

There are many types of wet rot with cellar fungus being the most common. Outbreaks are generally only found in extremely damp situations with a moisture content in timber over 40%. Some wet rots are often mistaken for Dry Rot as the destruction of the timber and the fungal strands can be similar in appearance.
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 Dry rot or wet rot ? ! The answer surprises most people!
Call Exe Terminators and Co Ltd on
01392 877 755 for dry and wet rot advice across Devon.
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