Damp structural damage

How does damp cause structural damage?

Are you ignoring the damp in your home or building? When different types of damp are left untreated, it can cause severe damage to the structure of a building.

This blog will explore the reasons why you should tackle damp issues early on to prevent expensive damage being caused. Specifically, we will discuss the impact of dry rot in internal timbers in your home, infestations of woodworm and the increased possibility of health issues for your entire family if damp is extensive.

Dry Rot

With many buildings having some form of timber within, more so in older properties, dry rot and wet rot are likely when damp forms. Most experts will tell you that dry rot is one of the most dangerous types of damp, as it can spread across your wood. Any part of your home can be affected by dry rot, as it can spread, which means your neighbours can become potential victims of dry rot as well.

Wet Rot

Left untreated, damp can cause wet rot in your timber which will affect extremely damp or wet wood. Wet rot will break down the wood into fibres, which means the wood will become soft. When the wood becomes soft, it will begin to lose its strength, which leads to the wood crumbling, or in the worst-case scenario, collapsing.


When damp forms, woodworms are more likely to appear as they are attracted to damp environments. Some forms of woodworms lay eggs in damp environments, especially in timber, and these eggs will hatch into wood-eating larvae. These wood-boring insects will infest your home and eat wood to survive, which will weaken the structure of your timber.

Health Issues

Damp and mould can cause respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma or respiratory infections to worsen, as well as affect the immune system. Everyone can be affected by damp and mould; however, individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as eczema, allergies, asthma or those having chemotherapy can be more sensitive than others.


As you can see, damp is a major cause for concern, so when you first notice any signs of damp or even wood-boring insects, contact a member of our team today.

We can arrange a convenient time to come to your property, and we can carry out a thorough assessment based on your requirements.

Don’t leave it too late, contact us today and let’s save your property from structural damage while protecting your family or residents.