Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Wet Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are wet rot treatment specialists in York, North Yorkshire. A wet rot survey will be carried out by our own PCA Qualified surveyors to ensure the right treatment is applied to the wet rot infected area. We are here to help you by accurately identifying the cause of the wet rot problem as well as recommending the most effective solution to treat the infected area. All our wet rot treatments in York are backed by meaningful long term guarantees giving you complete peace of mind.

Wet Rot is a form of timber decay which grows on porous surfaces with very High Levels of Moisture Content, Commonly From Poor Ventilation Below The Floor, Rising Or Penetrating Damp, Water Leaks Etc.


Wet rot can be a white or brown rot, which does not refer to the colour of the mould, but the shade that the timber turns when affected. Brown rot will darken the wood, and will break in small cracks, where as white rot lightens the wood and the damage is visible across the grain.

Treating Wet Rot

Once Danford Brewer & Ives have identified the problem to be wet rot, the area will have to be properly ventilated to allow the wood to dry and the root cause of the problem will have to be solved. Any damaged timber will have to be replaced where necessary.

Although treating wet rot can seem very disruptive, it is necessary to rectify the problems to stop it spreading any further and perhaps lasting structural damage. Danford Brewer & Ives provide effective wet rot treatment in a quick and hassle-free way.




Complete the enquiry form below or call us directly to discuss your damp or timber problem. On this call, we will arrange to visit you and survey your property. There is a small fee for the site survey, which will be confirmed on the call. If you proceed with the full works, this fee is refundable against any further works carried out.



One of our qualified team will visit your property at an agreed time and date. We will assess the problem and determine the best solution. Once we understand the root cause of the problem we can creat a suitable plan to fix it. Following the site survey we will provide you with a written report and quotation.



Once you are happy for the works to proceed we will then arrange a convenient time and date with you to carry out the specialist works as per the quotation. Most specialist works are usually completed within a couple of days and involve minimal disruption. Our team will keep you fully up to date on the works progress during this time.

after care


In order for the guarantee to be activated all of the specialist works need to be signed off. A comprehensive checklist will be completed and signed off by both our team & yourself to make sure you are fully satisfied with the works. Following the sign off, where appropriate, the works can be fully guaranteed.


Specialist works are covered by long term guarantee by independent insurers.

Identifying wet rot

Identifying wet rot early is incredibly important because if it’s left for too long the fungus that causes wood to rot can spread and cause decay. That risks structural damage to a building or house with potentially dangerous consequences.

The most obvious sign of wet rot is its smell; you’ll notice a musty, mushroom-like odour wafting through rooms. Affected timber could crack and later crumble if left untreated for too long.

If wet rot is visible, then you may see the fungal growths as they spread across the timber in obvious locations around the house.

Preventing wet rot

Preventing wet rot and applying a treatment that works to affected areas of timber is important for maintaining the structural integrity of a house or building. The best way to prevent it is to stop leaks, flooding or drainage issues from causing timbers to become wet.

Coating exposed timbers with fungicide help kill off any spores and will also protect against wet rot while replacing affected timbers with new, fresh wood that has been treated and coated will stop it coming back in the future.


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What is wet rot?

Wet rot is a destructive type of decay commonly found in timber that makes up the structure of a home or building.

That could be in the ceiling, window frames, basement or walls.

It is a natural process, prompting old wood to broken down, caused by fungal spores that grow and spread when there are high levels of moisture in the wood.

They are ever-present in the air, but dampness turns them into a mushroom-like fungus that causes decay.

Wet rot is most unwelcome in a house or commercial property because the damage it causes – if it isn’t treated in time – can affect the overall structure.

What is wet rot treatment?

Wet rot needs rapid and effective treatment to stop the spread of the wood fungus from affecting the structural integrity of a building.

Failing to act risks disastrous consequences because affected timber can decay and collapse.

Wet rot treatment involves a specialist identifying the affected areas before taking steps to treat its cause.

Leaks and drainage problems must be fixed, while timber that is beyond repair will need to be removed and then replaced.

Any remaining timbers should be coated with a fungicide to guard against wet rot coming back.

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