Dry Rot

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Dry rot

Dry rot is a serious timber condition caused by fungal growth. It will cause the decay and degradation of any timber or cellulose based product such as cardboard and paper it comes into contact with and this can often result in structural integrity problems for properties affected by it.

Dry rot needs moisture to flourish – the “dry” in its name only indicates that it requires less moisture than wet rot to flourish. Common moisture sources that lead to dry rot include leaking pipes and external water ingress from damaged guttering, roof tiles, down pipes or more commonly in poorly ventilated sub floor voids.

Thankfully, dry rot does not need to be the “property killer” it is often portrayed to be. A dry rot treatment programme carried out by an experienced and qualified expert can eliminate the problem and the earlier you can identify dry rot the more simple and cost effective treatment becomes. Find out more by sending an online enquiry using the form below or give us a call on 0800 633 5712.

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What does dry rot look like

Dry rot can seriously damage a property, but if it is spotted early the effects can be minimised. To help you determine if you have dry rot in your home take a look at our pages below on how to identify dry rot, how to spot the signs of dry rot and our gallery of dry rot images.

Given the serious nature of dry rot infestations, if you recognise any of the signs or symptoms on these pages then we would recommend that you should consult our specialist team to determine if you require a course of dry rot treatment.

What causes dry rot in houses

Dry rot spores are actually around us all the time and will be found in most houses without causing any problem. However, these spores can develop into a dry rot fungal growth if they settle in a location with a food source (wood) and sufficient moisture to allow them to develop and germinate.

Dry rot thrives in conditions of 18-30% moisture and when these spores do begin to grow and spread they will produce a large cotton wool growth that can extend behind wall plaster, through brickwork and even concrete in search of fresh timber to decay. When the dry rot growth feels threatened it will produce a fruiting body (sporophore) that will produce new spores into the air starting the lifecycle all over again.

Once a dry rot infestation has taken hold in your property then you will have to take action to remove it and ensure affected timbers are treated and replaced. Without an effective course of treatment, the dry rot will continue to spread and likely cause serious structural damage to your home.

Dry rot treatment

Using industry accredited training, years of on-the-job knowledge and specialist equipment, the experienced and qualified surveyors at Peter Cox can diagnose and treat any dry rot infestation - even when the rot is in concealed areas of a property.

After a thorough dry rot survey, when our expert surveyor is satisfied they have identified the presence of dry rot, then a bespoke dry rot treatment plan will be developed and presented to the client.

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What customers say about our dry rot repair service

Our dry rot repair service has been rated and accredited by leading property care trade bodies such as the Property Care Association and Which? Trusted Trader, so it is no surprise that our customers find our dry rot team such a pleasure to work with.

Take a look at what our customers have been saying about us on the popular review platform Trustpilot.

Contact our dry rot specialist team

At Peter Cox, we have been surveying and treating dry rot problems since 1951.

If you suspect your property has dry rot, and you want the UK’s leading dry rot experts, then call Peter Cox on 0800 633 5712 or use our the contact button below to get the assistance you need an experienced and qualified team from one of our many local branches across the UK.

Author: Richard Walker AIWSc CSRT CSSW

Our National Technical Manager Richard Walker is held in high regard in the industry for his extensive knowledge and experience of working with dry rot and other property preservation problems. If you are in the property industry then you might recognise Richard from the accredited CPD seminars he delivers on dry rot and other preservation issues.

For more on Richard's qualifications in the dry rot industry you can view his profile page or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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