Dry Rot Mycelium

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Early signs of dry rot

The early signs of a dry rot outbreakcan 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
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Spotting dry rot early

If your find any of the following in your property, then there is a chance that dry rot is to blame:

The 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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