Wet Rot is the decaying of timbers due to the presence of constant moisture. The greater the level of moisture, the faster the decay will be, and the more damage Wet Rot will cause to your property. Wet Rot can be spotted by the darkening of wood and excessive dampness that could start when the moisture content of the timber is above 20%. If you suspect the presence of Wet Rot in your home, it is strongly advised you request a Wet Rot survey to identify the problem and find a solution.
Wet Rot rarely causes structural issues and can be treated relatively easily, where dry rot would travel over masonry causing much greater damage.
Dry Rot has the ability to grow through damp and porous walls, rather than just over it, causing significantly more structural damage by spreading spores that destroy other timber areas throughout the building. It can be caused by rising damp, defective eternal rendering, faulty roof coverings or ineffective plumbing, amongst others.
The longer Dry Rot is left, the worse it becomes and the more it will cost to repair. If you suspect dry rot, you should seek to have it treated immediately.
Dry Rot signs;
Darkening of wood.
The wood is dry, cracked and crumbles easily.
Orange or red fruiting bodies usually covered in spores.
Red coloured spore dust Musty, damp odour.
Mycelium - Often a white blanket and mass of branching.