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Dry Rot FAQs: All You Need To Know

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Dry rot is one of the worst infestations any property can have; a type of fungi that feeds on wood and which can cause significant structural damage if allowed to spread into the bricks and mortar of your home.

To help give you a better understanding of dry rot, what it is and what it can mean for your property, we’ve devised this handy little FAQ to give you more of an insight. If you’re unsure of anything or have any concerns about your own property, do not hesitate to contact us.

What’s the Difference Between Dry and Wet Rot?
Wet rot needs a moisture content of around 50 per cent to grow, whereas dry rot requires only 20 per cent. Wet rot results in a black fungus which is spongy and wet to the touch, while dry rot creates white sheets and the timber will crumble to the touch. Both of them require moisture to grow, and neither of them are truly ‘dry’.

What Causes Dry Rot?
Dry rot is caused by a fungus called Serpula Lacrymans, which digests the parts of the wood that make it strong and rigid. It feeds on wood and can even be found in forests. It grows in conditions that have a 20 to 40 per cent moisture content and is often found in places with poor ventilation or damaged plumbing.

Does Dry Rot Cause Any Health Problems?
Dry rot is essentially a mould, which can cause health problems due to the toxins and spores it emits. Those who suffer from asthma or any other respiratory condition will likely suffer from exacerbated symptoms, and it can make it difficult for even the healthiest people to recover quickly from common colds or other ailments.

Can Dry Rot Cause Serious Damage?
Yes, dry rot is one of the most damaging wood rotting fungi and it can spread not just into other timber, but into the bricks and mortar of your home also. If left untreated it can cause significant damage to walls, floors and even the foundations of your building.

What Are The Signs of Dry Rot?
The rot goes through four stages of its lifecycle, beginning with white fungal strands spreading across the timber and ending with the growth of large mushroom-like fungi. Looking out for a damp, musty smell can help you spot the rot early.

As a serious infestation, we advise you to contact us for a survey – we can identify the cause of the moisture, apply the appropriate fungicide and replace any damage timber. Additionally, with over 40 years in the business, we’re experts at treating existing dry rot and damp proofing to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Contact us today to find out about our range of services.

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