What is Dry Rot? (Serpula Lacrymans)
Dry rot fungus destroys the cellulose in timbers which poses a huge threat to the integrity of the structural timbers in your property and can cause serious safety issues. It is thought of as the most serious type of timber decay as it reduces timber to a dry and crumbly consistency and therefore requires immediate analysis by a qualified surveyor. For fungal decay to begin, it requires water to penetrate, increasing the moisture content to above 22% which allows bacteria and micro fungi to colonise in the wood, resulting in the partial breakdown of the cell structure.
How to identify Dry Rot?
Distinct mushroom smell
White mycelium growth (cotton wool like appearance)
Red spores may be deposited as a layer of dust around the infected area.
How will Dampcure-Woodcure/30 Ltd cure your Dry Rot?
After our surveyors have carried out a thorough inspection we can send our experienced technicians to the property where they will:
Remove wall plaster and cut away affected timbers as detailed in your report
Apply fungicidal wall solution via drilling, irrigating and surface dressing
Introduce ventilation procedures
Re-apply our specialist plaster
We will then issue you with our 20 year guarantee and unlike many of our competitors you can be comforted by our 50 year history as dry rot specialists that we will be around in the future to honour this.
Brief History Of Dry Rot
Historical stories of dry rot date back from the early 18th century, as a boat in Woolwich was in such a bad state that the deck sunk under a man's weight and there were orange and brown coloured fungi hanging from deck to deck.