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What Are The Health Risks Of Dry Rot?

28 July 2021

Any type of wood rotting fungi can be problematic to your property, but dry rot is the most problematic of them all. If your property is suffering from dry rot then it means that there is also potentially a serious damp problem that also needs rectifying.

Dry rot itself will not cause many health problems but if left untreated, can cause serious implications to the structural integrity of the building which, will in turn, lead to the building becoming structurally weakened.

Why Is Dry Rot a Serious Problem?

One of the main reasons why dry rot is a serious problem to your property is that compared to other rotting fungi, such as wet rot, it can spread from one timber to another with ease.

This makes it difficult to treat, as although one section of dry rot affected timber may have already been identified it could have already spread to another area of the building, where there is a source of moisture.

Another issue with dry rot is that it does not need too much moisture to germinate compared to wet rot. Any wood that is affected by a moisture content that is over 20% provides the ideal conditions for dry rot to occur.

What Are the Health Effects of Dry Rot?

Having dry rot spores at your property is not deemed harmful to your health directly, however, when dry rot is present it does mean that the building is heavily affected by damp and condensation.

If condensation is present, mould spores can be a health problem for people with respiratory issues or any other underlying health conditions. While it is not that common, there are cases where people have allergic reactions to the dry rot fungus so you will need to bear this in mind.

As we already mentioned, there is also the issue of dry rot being a health hazard by causing damage to the structural integrity of the building. If left untreated over a prolonged period of time, the timber affected by the wood rotting fungi can breakdown and weaken.

Once the timber has been weakened enough, it will eventually collapse. This is a serious health and safety concern. As a result, a dry rot problem must be dealt with as soon as possible.

How Do You Get Rid of Dry Rot?

Removing dry rot from your property is not an easy process and should only be carried out by professionals. Just like with any form of wood decay it must be identified as earlier as possible to avoid further problems in the future.

If you are looking to repair rotted wood that is only minor in damage, then this could be carried out by yourself. However, for the majority of dry rot cases, you should have a specialist carry out an in depth survey of your property to identify the extent of the problem.

If you book a dry rot survey with a qualified specialist, then they will:

  • Identify what the causes of the dry rot problem are (the reasons for dampness).
  • Assess what timbers have been affected.
  • Provide a detailed report on how to get rid of the dry rot problem.

When the timber is beyond repair then the surveyor will suggest that the timber will need to be removed. If this is the case, then dry rot removal works will need to be carried out as soon as possible to avoid further spread to other pieces of timber.

A qualified technician carrying out the dry rot treatment will make sure that the dry rot spores are fully removed from the timber. If the dry rot spores are not fully removed, then the fungus will remain and come back again soon to cause problems to your property.

Contacting a Fully Qualified Professional

At Timberwise, we have a number of qualified dry rot surveyors and technicians on hand to deal with your timber related issues, causing as little disruption as possible to your property. You can get in touch with our team by calling 0800 288 8660 or contacting us online where our team will be in touch.