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What is dry rot?

In simple terms, dry rot is a timber destroying fungus that feeds on wood. This process leaves the timber in a dry and brittle state with noticable cracks running through it. Dry rot is particularly dangerous because, if left untreated, it can ultimately lead to degradation of the timber and create structural integrity problems for the property.

Dry rot is capable of spreading far from the source of the initial infection and often goes unnoticed due to its ability to grow in wall cavities and behind the plaster. For more help and advice on this property destroying fungus simply give the qualified experts at Peter Cox a call on 0800 633 5712 or send in an online enquiry using the form below.

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The difference between dry rot and wet rot

Dry rot and wet rot are often confused, but they have very distinct differences.

Firstly, they do not look alike. Wet rot does not produce the same distinct orange/brown fruiting bodies as dry rot.

However, the main difference between wet rot and dry rot is that dry rot requires far less moisture to germinate and start attacking timber. Dry rot can also spread over a much larger area. It is able to navigate through the masonry and brickwork in search of fresh timber to decay and can affect adjoining properties as a result.

The earlier you can identify dry rot the better as this will usually reduce the time and financial costs of treatment.

How dangerous is dry rot?

Dry rot is one of the most severe property problems in term of the damage it can cause. For this reason it is imperative to treat the issue as quickly as possible upon identification. Left untreated, dry rot will continue and germinate, grow and feed off the timber in your property. This will inevitably compromise the structural integrity of the property.

If you believe you have identified dry rot in your property, or even suspect it might be an issue, then do not delay in speaking to a qualified dry rot expert. Our experienced and trade body certified surveyors will arive at your property and conduct a thorough investigation of the building to diagnose the cause and extent of the issue. You will be provided with a bespoke treatment plan to eradicate the problem from your home and our team of skilled technicians will be on hand should you choose to conduct the work with us.

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Dry rot treatment

Peter Cox have been administering effective dry rot treatment since 1951 and our surveyors are among the most highly trained, qualified and experienced in the industry. We are so confident in the success of our dry rot treatments that they come with a 20-Year dry rot guarantee as standard, giving you peace of mind long after the treatment has taken place.

Click the links below to find out out how a dry rot professional from your local branch of Peter Cox could solve the dry rot in your property.

Expert dry rot advice

If you think that you may have identified dry rot in your property then this is naturally a very worrying time.

You can remove some of this stress and uncertainty by talking to our specialist dry rot team. We will be able to discuss the problem and symptoms with you to determine whether you require a qualified dry rot surveyor to visit the property. Given the potential seriousness of dry rot problems, then acting early has the potential to save you a very costly repair bill. Give the team a call on 0800 633 5712 or enquire about a no-obligation survey using the button below.

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