What is Wet Rot?
Wet rot (Coniophora Puteana) is a fungus that feeds on and breaks down the cell walls within the timber it attacks. This results in the timber losing its strength, softening then breaking apart. Wet rot is often visible on external timber joinery where the protective coating has been allowed to fail due to poor maintenance, high levels of rainwater are present then wet rot begins. However wet rot can go undetected within a building e.g., under floors, behind walls or in roof spaces especially at wall head level. The source of this hidden wet rot could be leaking pipes, failed leadwork or rainwater goods.