Wet rot is one of those terms that you might first encounter when buying or selling a house. But what exactly is wet rot and how is it caused? What are the potential problems of not dealing with it and how can you spot it?
What Is Wet Rot?
Wet rot is a term used to describe certain types of fungi that can attack timber. The kinds of fungi that can cause wet rot are typically brown and white rot fungi. Of the two, brown rot fungus is the most common. Its proper name is Coniophora puteana. This kind of rot is caused by timber being exposed to water. Timber with a water content that goes over 50% is more likely to suffer from wet rot. The main reason that water gets into the timber is due to a fault in the building or because a property has …