What does 'Wet rot' mean when buying a property?
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Wet rot in a property is damage caused by damp - rising damp (damp coming up from below the property) or penetrating damp (damp coming through walls, possible dues to the poor condition of the brickwork.
Wet rot thrives in areas where the damp actually is - say under a leaking bath. Most fungus that cause the damage with wet rot need high levels of moisture to grow and cause more damage so if the timber is still sound, and the cause of the damp can be stopped, cost will be minimal.
Wet rot might be bought to your attention by a surveyor as an area of concern that needs addressed.
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