Surveyors Fotofile: Dry rot fruiting body

28 June 2013

There are tell-tale signs of dry rot such as damaged timber, spore dust, white mycelium and fruiting bodies. Some amazing pictures today from one of our Cardiff surveyors taken whilst carrying out dry rot treatments in Cardiff. The property owner correctly identified that they had an issue with dry rot and judging by the size of this dry rot fruiting body they took the correct course of action and called in our specialist team from Timberwise Cardiff to treat the property.

What is dry rot?

Ordinarily, a dry rot fruiting body has the appearance of a ‘pancake’ and is quite fleshy in texture with an outer white coloured edge. The surface area of the fruiting body is a rust-red colour and contains a significant number of pores.

The fruiting body or the area where fruiting bodies are present could very well be blanketed with a fine rust-red coloured ‘dust’ – these are actually millions of tiny spores ejected by the fruiting body as part of its life cycle. Nothing will happen to these spores unless they land on a suitable and damp surface, such as damp wood. If they land on dry wood then nothing will happen provided that the wood remains dry – dry rot needs water to initiate, grow and survive – without water, it cannot grow.

Did you know?

According to a 2010 study by the Communities and Local Governments English Housing Survey, the number of homes in the UK with damp problems was at 7%. That may not sound like a lot but with over 23.7 million homes in the UK, that’s over 1.6 million homes with damp issues.

Dry rot fruiting body Close up of dry rot fruiting body

How can dry affect your property?

Dry rot spreads rapidly, constantly searching for a new food source which can seriously threaten he structural integrity of your home.

Dry rot outbreak in a mid-terraced property in Wales

Timberwise were called upon to inspect a Victorian terrace house in Cardiff for a dry rot outbreak. Dry rot can affect all kinds of timber if the dry rot problem isn’t diagnosed correctly, or even at all, then it can become a danger to you and your home. Luckily, these homeowners contacted Timberwise in time. Read the full case study here.

A view of terraced houses in Wales

What to do if you suspect a dry rot outbreak

If you find what looks like a dry rot fruiting body in your property don’t panic! Call your local team of fungal decay specialists on 0800 288 8660. Our local teams are well trained in identifying and treating dry rot outbreaks in properties.