Dry Rot Mycelium

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What are the early signs of dry rot

The early signs of a dry rot outbreak can be difficult for the 'individual on the street' to identify, but noticing these early signs can be the difference between a nipping the problem in the bud with the minimum fuss or a large scale dry rot treatment project. 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 form below.

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Our guide to identifying dry rot

If you find any of the following in your property, then there is a chance that dry rot is to blame, to help you establish if these symptoms are actually dry rot, then we have a page of dry rot pictures to help you cross reference before speaking to an expert.

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.

Concentrated spore dust

Dry rot 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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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 contact us using the online enquiry button below.

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