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April 9, 2019

Dry Rot

by Geoff Flavell in Damp Proofing Blogs

Dry Rot

It’s important to identify whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is because dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through the building. For this reason additional measures (e.g masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot outbreaks over and above those necessary when dealing with outbreaks of other wood rotting fungi.

Our dry rot specialist surveyors establish the size and significance of attack, dry rot is mostly limited to areas in which wood has become wet: therefore, size of outbreak is closely linked to extent of wetting.

Dry rot can spread into previously dry situations only when the moisture that it transports cannot readily escape (eg in unventilated areas). structural timbers can be affected by the outbreak so it’s very important to find the extent of damage caused.

Our specialist surveyors carry out or arrange full structural survey to determine whether structural repairs are necessary and if they are we take appropriate steps to ensure structural integrity all dry rot work comes with a 20 year written guarantee, insurance backed guarantees are available on request.

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