Wet Rot FAQs

What are the indications of wet rot?

Some wet rots are termed as ‘brown rot’: Here, you can see the shrinking and splitting of the timber causing cuboidal cracking. The wood is also darker after the metabolism of lignin. Other types of wet rot are termed white rots which cause the timber to become fibrous and lighter in colour.

Wet rot is caused principally by Coniophora puteana. Poria vaillantii is another important wet rot fungus and a number of less common fungi also occur. While each fungus has its own unique features, the general appearance of wet rot is similar – as is the treatment. Wet rot is typically confined to the area of dampness because the mycelium does not spread into walls.