How To Handle Wood Rot

When Hertfordshire carpentry specialists come to your home to help you with your property renovations, make sure you ask them how best to take care of the various wooden parts of your house. Here’s our guide for handling wood rot should your timber become affected.

Wet rot

This is seen in wood that is exposed to moisture on a regular basis so keep an eye on your wooden doors and windows, and look out for paint that’s cracked or flaking off.

Your first point of action should be to prevent water from coming into contact with the timber. Remove any damaged wood and use a hardening liquid to treat the remaining timber. You can then fill the holes in using Polyfilla for wood. However, if your rot is quite bad you may need to call in an experienced and qualified carpenter to help you add a new piece of wood in.

Dry rot

This is caused by a fungus and can be a lot more destructive than wet rot so you’ll need to be vigilant. You’ll find it in moist spaces that are poorly ventilated such as beneath the floorboards, so it’s quite hard to locate.

The fungus spores can spread quite quickly and before you know it your walls and timber can all be infected by dry rot very speedily, so look out for a strange musty smell and growths on the walls or floors.

You need to identify the cause of the damp in order to treat dry rot and have all the affected wood and that nearby removed.

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