Dry rot frequesntly asked questions

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Dry rot frequently asked questions

Dry rot is a very serious property problem that requires quick action to prevent it spreading and causing even more damage to the home. Given the severity of dry rot problems we have designed this page to answer some of the most commonly asked questions and clear up some misconceptions around dry rot.

If you have read our dry rot faq list but find that you still need some more help and advice on diagnosing a potential infestation in your home then contact our specialist team on 0800 633 5712. or complete the form below to send us an online enquiry.

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What is dry rot?

Dry rot is the name given to a type of fungus that feeds on wood, causing it to become brittle and crack. Dry rot spores are present in most houses, but will only become a problem if they are allowed to come into contact with timber in conditions of high humidity and poor ventilation.

We have a dedicated page where you can find out more about dry rot.

What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?

While they are both forms of fungal decay that will attack timber in your home, dry rot is unique from wet rot because it has the ability to spread beyond the original germination site and travel through masonry and brickwork before latching onto other timbers.

You can read more about how these two differ on our differences between dry rot and wet rot page.

Dry rot is known as one of the most dangerous property problems for good reason. If left untreated dry rot will not cease degrading structural and decorative timbers until their structural integrity is completely compromised. A quick response to treat dry rot is also essential due to dry rot’s ability to spread to other areas of the home.

Given the potential severity of dry rot infestations it is recommended that you should request a dry rot survey with a qualified professional in order to determine the scale and extent of the dry rot problem in your property.

Is dry rot bad for your health?

To some extent dry rot spores are present around us on a constant basis without carrying any health risks. However if you find that these spores have concentrated in an area of your home and resulted in the growth of dry rot then it indicates that there is likely a damp problem in the home that could have associated health risks.

Is dry rot covered by insurance?

Most household or contents insurance policies are unlikely to offer protection against dry rot. 

To give you full assurance and protection against dry rot we provide a unique Peter Cox policy against any future case of rising damp with our dry rot insurance policy.

Does dry rot spread?

As long as there are sufficient levels of moisture and humidity in a given area, dry rot has the ability to spread to any wooden or masonry surface. Furthermore, dry rot has a tendency to spread in ‘unseen’ places like underneath floorboards, in attics and behind wall panelling.

What does dry rot smell like?

Dry Rot is generally described as having an unpleasant earthy and soil like smell. Given that it is a form of fungus it is no surprise that some have likened the odour to being similar to that of mushrooms.

Dry rot in brickwork?

Unfortunately dry rot is not just localised to timber, and dry rot infestations can infect and spread across brickwork and other masonry materials.

How to treat dry rot?

Treating dry rot is generally a three part process. First you need to remove the source of moisture in the home that is allowing the fungus to germinate. Secondly you will need to repair or replace and damaged timber or masonry and finally you have to apply a certified fungicidal treatment to remaining timber and masonry to ensure your dry rot problem is prevented from returning.

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If you have read our dry rot  FAQ’s but still feel that you would benefit from discussing a potential dry rot problem with a leading industry expert then get in touch with your local branch of Peter Cox on 0800 633 5712. or click the button below to send us an online enquiry.

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