Dry Rot, Wet Rot, and Damping in Your Basement

Dry Rot, Wet Rot, and Damping in Your Basement

There are a lot of misunderstandings about dry rot and wet rot. They are so named because of the conditions in which they flourish. Typically, they occur in organic, biodegradable materials. So, you won’t see dry rot or wet rot affecting metal support beams or PVC flooring at your home. This means that you are mostly looking for problems that occur with your wooden support beams, wooden fixtures at your home, and anything made of cotton or biodegradable fibres. However, rot is preventable. It needs to be understood to be properly prevented.

Preventing Wet and Dry Rot

As their names indicate, wet rot and dry rot occur in different conditions. Wet rot occurs when organic, biodegradable material is left wet for too long. Specifically, it has to be left damp. Submerged items will rot and degrade but they will not be subject to what is commonly known as wet rot. That is all because wet rot is more than a description of degradation. It is a specific mould that consumes damp organic material. As with any other living thing, wet rot requires water to survive. It also requires oxygen. That’s why completely submerged wood will not wet rot. The wood that wet rots is the wood that stays damp for too long.

Protecting that wood is very important to property maintenance in Scotland. The wood that comes into contact with the ground is most susceptible to damping. The damp will then creep up the wood to other porous materials. You can reduce the amount of damping and wet rot by making sure that your gutters are in good condition. Gutters need to be in good condition so that they can catch water and direct it away from the base of your house. Preventing dry rot is a little more difficult. Dry rot is a fungus that grows on dry wood that has not been properly maintained.

Professional Maintenance

Oftentimes, the easiest way to deal with dry rot, wet rot, and damping is to call professionals. Professional maintenance experts will be able to investigate your home for signs of damping and rot. Even if they don’t find signs of rot, damping would indicate that you are still in danger. The damping that you experience will degrade and undermine any biodegradable material in your house.

One way to prevent dry rot is to clean the wood and then seal it. If wood is finished and then sealed, it will resist mould for years to come. Professionals will be able to do that much more effectively than you could. You should call people who specialise in preserving property. They will be able to prepare your property for the years to come and teach you how to keep it in great shape.


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