Dry Rot is a wood destroying fungus which develops in dark, out of sight, damp places, making it difficult to detect in its early stages. It will spread very quickly in prolonged damp conditions for example where there is ongoing undetected leak or a penetrating damp issue such as a leaking roof.
Early indications will include a softening and shrinkage of wood and a mushroom type smell. It has the capability of travelling through brickwork and plaster in search of its food source which gives it its highly destructive nature.
How does Dry Rot spread?
Airborne spores naturally present in the air, land on damp timber where they will begin to germinate. If left to continue, white fungal growth will appear and strands will begin to form which will spread using the moisture and wood as their food source. A pancake shaped fruiting body will form and eventually explode, producing a mass of rust red airborne spores which will settle on timbers and so beginning the process again.
How do you treat Dry Rot?
Our surveyors will look for the cause of the outbreak, investigating where the damp conditions are coming from and will recommend and ensure the accurate treatment procedures are applied. They will evaluate for all possible contributing factors and problems as a result; reasons for the damp conditions, water ingress points, condensation, ventilation and signs of further wood rot and decayed timbers. Our Inspection Reports will contain recommendations for drying timbers where necessary and specifications and estimates for replacing timbers as required to prevent the spread of the rot.
Treatment solutions involve:
- Elimination of all points of water ingress causing the damp conditions
- Assessment for damp proofing and ventilation solutions
- Removal and replacement of rotted timbers
- Treatment of insitu and replacement timbers
- Application of the appropriate fungicidal spray, timber pastes or dual purpose fungicide
- Timber resin repairs ideal for sympathetic replacement of timbers in historical and listed buildings
Treatment is carried out by our teams of trained technicians who have the skills and use the correct products to ensure the rot and its spores are destroyed to ensure complete eradication in both the short and the long term. The range of wood preservatives and biocides we use are the most up to date products available and combine maximum effectiveness with minimum level of hazards to the health and safety of the buildings occupants and to the environment.
All remedial works are recommended subject to survey from a Proten Services qualified surveyor and are carried out by Proten Services team of technicians to ensure the professional application of treatment. Our remedial works are protected by our company guarantee with third party insurance backed guarantees also available.
We are members of the Property Care Association (PCA), CHAS, Construction Line and Trust Mark.
Contact us for help and advice
If you are concerned about Dry Rot or damp affecting your property, please contact our specialist team at Proten Services for further help and advice: