There are various types of wet rot fungi, the most common of which being ‘Coniophora puteana’. This is also known as the ‘cellar fungus’. This and most other types of fungi are only attracted to timber or plaster with very high moisture content and unlike dry rot, remains confined to the wet area only. Although not as destructive as dry rot, wet rot can still cause structural damage.
Areas of timber affected by wet rot will often appear darker than the surrounding unaffected areas and will have a soft, spongy feel. On walls the fungus manifests with brown/black strands in a fern-like pattern.
Treatment and cure of wet rot is to ultimately remove the source of dampness, cut out and renew affected timber then ensure the design or maintenance fault which caused the outbreak is cured.
If you suspect you have either wet rot or dry rot contact us to arrange a site visit with our Specialist Surveyor.