Rot - but what kind?

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Old 09-15-04, 09:40 AM
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Unhappy Rot - but what kind?

I hope that this is the right place to post this. Anyway here I go.

I pulled apart an old shower room some years ago and stripped everything out as there was clearly damp in there.

I have only just got around to get the thing fixed up and I have come across wood looking like this -

http://www.adrianstuart.com/rot.jpg


What kind of rot is it and what should I do with the wood that seems ok in the room? e.g the floorboards.

Thankyou for any help in advance.

Adrian
 
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Old 09-16-04, 10:35 PM
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This was wet, as borne out by the white growth on the wood, but now is dry. This damaged wood will need replacement or sistering for structural value.

If the wood looks fine, and is not soft, then it should be suitable for leaving in place.

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Old 09-17-04, 05:19 AM
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When you say "is now dry" do you mean that it is just dryed out or that it is now actually "dry rot"?

As I understand it if it is dry rot then I will have to get some one in to remove most of the area arroud where the rot is?


Thanks again for your help.

Adrian
 
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Old 09-17-04, 06:13 AM
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I meant that the wood is now dried out from being wet.
 
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Old 09-17-04, 10:54 AM
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This is a mold (fungus), and I can't remember the name, but it can be a problem for people with allergies, and provides a food for dust mites. If the wood is dry, the mold can be scrubbed off with detergent and water. It will grow back if not allowed to dry completely, and the moisture problem is not corrected.
 
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