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.

Dry rot is not the “property killer” it is often portrayed to be, despite its ability to cause serious damage to structural timbers. 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.

Identifying dry rot

Dry rot can seriously damage a property but if it is spotted early the effects can be minimised. Take a look at the information below to spot the signs.

How dry rot starts and spreads

Dry rot spores are very common and around us all the time. However, they can become a problem if there is the presence of a food source and sufficient moisture to allow them to develop and germinate, dry rot thrives in conditions of 18-30% moisture.  Otherwise they will be fairly benign and unlikely to cause damage.  When they do germinate and grow, they will produce 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.

Treating dry rot

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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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 form below to get the assistance you need an experienced and qualified team from one of our many local branches across the UK.

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