Dry rot

Dry Rot

What Is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a term used to describe a very specific and unique type of wood rot ( Serpula Lacrymans ). It is a wood destroying fungi/fungus which digests the part of the wood that gives it its strength and integrity. Depleting wood of such components leaves it in a brown brittle state, unsafe in any property.

Dry rot is a serious problem across properties in the United Kingdom. What makes dry rot dangerously unique is its ability to progress extensively through a property, destroying the timbers’ natural goodness.

As timber accounts for anywhere up to 70% of the fabric of a house, a wood rot outbreak is certainly an issue that should not be overlooked. If left untreated the structural integrity of your property may be under serious threat, ultimately resulting in the failing of the property’s shape and strength. Fortunately, at Timberwise, we deliver an effective dry rot solution, firstly by undertaking a dry rot survey followed by removing the rot issue and preventing the regeneration of the outbreak efficiently, carefully and professionally. If you are having a problem with treating dry rot in your property then request a survey online.

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The Problems With Dry Rot

Dry rot is an increasingly widespread concern for homeowners across the United Kingdom, standing as the most common cause of timber damage in domestic properties. More than just being a hazard to your home, if not treated promptly this type of wood rot can become a danger to the health of you or your loved ones. Finding dry rot as a result of having a survey will strike a sense of panic into any homeowner but do not worry, help is at hand! The eradication of dry rot is one of many issues that Timberwise have specialised in and perfected through many years of experience.

Acknowledging that there is a dry rot problem is the hard part. Once this has been identified help is at hand, Timberwise will be able to alleviate any stress or concern you may have.

Dry Rot

What Causes Dry Rot?

Dry rot is caused by moisture ingress and dampness being present in a property, this moisture can be present due to various forms of dampness. Dry rot spores are omnipresent, meaning they surround us every day, unseen by the human eye. By themselves these spores are harmless; however, when the spores come into contact with wet timber, they can germinate, reducing the wood to an unsound structural state. To learn more about the causes of wood rot, please visit our what causes dry rot page.

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How To Identify Dry Rot

How To Identify Dry Rot

The characteristics of dry rot depend on its stage of development. Dry rot flourishes in damp inadequately ventilated conditions, so it will most often be found in enclosed hard-to-reach areas such as under floorboards, behind skirting boards and door frames/casings. As these areas are often unseen, it is often the case that the wood rot has already progressed into an advanced state when detected; therefore, it is essential to identify the issue at its earliest opportunity. To learn more about identifying dry rot, please visit our how to identify dry rot page.

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Affected Timber

How to Treat Dry Rot

Dry rot treatment is used to treat the damaged timber caused by the wood rotting fungi by eradicating the sources of moisture and promote rapid drying from the area. Controlling the moisture will enable the structure to dry rot and prevent dry rot spores from germinating.

As members of the PCA, our qualified technicians and surveyors can provide customers with an in-depth knowledge of dry rot treatment. Our qualified experts will conduct an extensive dry rot survey and make appropriate recommendations to repair the timber or wood. To learn more about the eradication of dry rot please visit our how we treat dry rot page.

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The History of Dry Rot

Originally known as Merulius Lacrymans (meaning tears of the Blackbird, as it was thought initially that the fungus and fungi were spread by blackbirds) the fungal decay we now know as Dry Rot can be dated back to the 18th century. However, the history of its presence in the United Kingdom still remains obscure. Dry rot is thought to have been transported to British shores by ships from Europe carrying infected timbers; in some cases cargoes were largely destroyed in the ships before they reached the port.

Speak To Our Dry Rot Treatment Specialists

If you are concerned about the possibility of a dry rot outbreak in your property, do not hesitate to give Timberwise a call on 0800 288 8660, or alternatively, you can request a survey. A survey through Timberwise will be able to identify the full extent of the problem and determine whether further dry rot treatments are necessary.

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