Dry Rot Mycelium

Early signs of dry rot

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Early signs of dry rot

Spotting the early signs of a dry rot outbreak can make the difference between nipping the problem in the bud with minimum fuss, or needing a large scale dry rot treatment programme.

If you think you recognise some of the signs and symptoms outlined below then call our dry rot specialists today to find out the best course of action, or send in an online enquiry using the button below for a no-obligation home survey.

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Our guide to identifying dry rot

Below we have listed some of the most common signs of dry rot fungus to help you identify whether your home is under attack from dry rot or not. If you suspect that you recognise some of these signs then you may want to take a look at our dry rot pictures page to help you cross reference before speaking to an expert.

Dry rot

Does dry rot have a smell?

Dry Rot growth produces a distinctive odour that can often be the first tip-off that something is wrong.

A description of the smell of dry rot often depends on who you ask, but dry rot is commonly identified as either having an earthy “soil-like” smell or a “mushroom-like” odour. One thing is certain; the smell of dry rot is distinctive and to some individuals can be unpleasant and the smell will get stronger as the dry rot spreads.

Dry rot fungus spore dust

Dry rot fungus spores are fairly common, even in properties that do not have a dry rot problem. However, large concentrated patches of rust coloured “dust” in your property is often a sign that a dry rot problem is ongoing. Dry rot fruiting bodies release these spores in an effort to spread further so spotting this sign is real red flag.

Damaged timber

Timbers will become dry and brittle when affected by dry rot and will often crumble to the touch. Dry rot also tends to darken the colour of the wood as it attacks it. The most visually striking style of timber damage from dry rot is “cuboidal cracking” – a pronounced break up of timber into cubes around 50mm wide. Damaged timber is often accompanied by hyphae, a white fungal growth similar in appearance to cobwebs and a sure sign of dry rot.

Later signs of dry rot

When a dry rot outbreak is in full swing you may start to notice more pronounced features such as masses of cotton-wool-like mycelium and large fruiting bodies.
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Peter Cox - dry rot specialists

Contacting Peter Cox to deal with your dry rot outbreak means that you are dealing with the best the industry has to offer.

Our dry rot treatment methods have been approved and certified by the trade bodies that govern the industry and our treatments come with 20 year guarantees to provide you with absolute peace of mind that we will comprehensively resolve the problem. Given that we can boast over 68 years of trading history as a company, you can be sure that in the unlikely event of anything going wrong with the treatment, we will still be there to put it right. 

Contact the dry rot treatment professionals today. Call Peter Cox on 0800 633 5712 or book a survey using the button below.

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