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Wet Rot

Wet rot Repairs in York Harrogate and Leeds

Wet rot treatment and repair

We pride ourselves as leaders in our industry with a commitment to deliver professional, high quality repairs backed by meaningful guarantees. Our Industry accreditation and multiple Awards over the years are recognition and tribute to this commitment. We are full members of the Property Care Association, Health and Safety Approved and Industry Accredited.

Whether you're a business, property professional, homeowner or potential purchaser, we can help.

Wet rot repair and treatments

wet rot yorkshireOur primary aim to resolving decay is to correctly identify and address the cause through accurate diagnosis during the survey. Our surveyors will specify the safest and most effective method of repair for your circumstances favouring a holistic approach to treatment ensuring minimal impact to your property and the environment.

Dryfix use an array of different repair methods and treatments for decay, ranging from; resin repairs, treated replacement and treatments using micro emulsion sprays and application gels.

All products we use or specify are independently tested for their performance by the British Board of Agreement (BBA) and/or approved safe for use by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Our repairs are only carried out by our own team of employed, experienced tradesmen and qualified remedial technicians who have been apprentice trained and independently accredited by the Property Care Association.

What causes wet rot?

Wet rot occurs when timber is exposed to high levels of moisture. Timber is a hygroscopic material (meaning absorbent to airborne moisture) which will take up moisture from the atmosphere if placed in a damp environment or adjacent a damp material. This hygroscopic characteristic will allow the moisture content of the timber to increase, reaching levels where it can become vulnerable to decay and insect infestation.

In buildings, rot is most likely to occur in floors where timber is in contact with wet walls or where ventilation is poor. Roof spaces and even concealed timbers built into walls, above window or door openings are also vulnerable.

There are multiple species of wet rot however, there are primarily only two different categories decay which are described by their ability to infect the timber, Brown rots and White rots.

What does wet rot look like?

Brown rots attack the cellulose and hemicellulose sugars within the timber which causes a loss in weight and strength, darkening of the timber and cuboidal cracking along and across the grain.

wet rot yorkshire ukWet rot - Brown rot attack
wet rot yorkshire ukBrown rot attack causing the timber to become weak with cuboidal cracking along and across the grain

White rots attack the lignin sugars which cause the timber to become stringy and fibrous with a bleached affect.

wet rot yorkshire ukWet rot - White rot attack. Donkioporia expansa
wet rot yorkshire ukWhite rot attack causing the timber to become stringy and fibrous.

Species of rot may also be identified by their ability to infect varieties of timber, the presence of strands, mycelium growth and fruiting bodies which occur as decay advances or retreats.

Wet rots however, can only exist in timber exposed to high levels of moisture therefore, irrespective of the species, the common influence is a source of moisture. Not all fungi in buildings will cause wood rot however, the presence of fungi indicates a source of moisture, which could develop into a wood rotting fungi in the future.

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