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May 16, 2024

Fungus in Your Property

by Geoff Flavell in Damp Proofing Blogs

Focus on Fungus in Your Property. Addressing Peziza with Preservit Ltd

Fungus is appearing across the UK, thriving outdoors in woodlands and meadows, and even on our dinner plates as mushrooms. However, certain fungi are unwelcome guests, particularly when they invade our homes. These fungi not only signify underlying issues like dampness and rot but also pose health risks if not addressed promptly. Older buildings, especially those in the West Midlands, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, are particularly prone to such infestations. These regions are filled with ancient structures more vulnerable due to their construction materials and often inadequate ventilation, leading to decay and moisture-related damage.


A key culprit often found in damp domestic environments is the Peziza fungus, particularly the Peziza Domiciliana species, commonly known as domicile cup fungus. This fungus, which prefers extremely damp conditions, grows on various building materials such as mortar, plaster, and bricks. Notably, it is an indicator rather than a cause of decay, signalling excessive moisture that needs addressing. Peziza Domiciliana, identifiable by its distinctive cup-shaped fruit body, can reach up to 10cm in diameter. While it may appear suddenly and be mistaken for dry or wet rot, it does not directly harm the substrate. Nonetheless, if left untreated, the damp conditions conducive to its growth can lead to more severe structural issues, including wood decay and rot.

Treating Peziza Fungus

Effectively managing Peziza involves more than just eradicating the visible fungus; it requires identifying and resolving the source of moisture to prevent future outbreaks. At Preservit Ltd., we specialise in diagnosing and treating dampness that leads to fungal growth. Our comprehensive approach ensures that not only is the current growth treated but that future recurrences are prevented by addressing the root cause of dampness.

If your property is affected by Peziza fungus or you suspect a damp issue, contact Preservit Ltd. We provide expert surveys and treatments throughout the West Midlands, Staffordshire, and Shropshire, ensuring your property remains free from damaging damp and fungal growth.

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