Dry rot and wet rot can occur in older buildings when they are not properly maintained and when the early signs of water ingress are not picked up.
This is what’s happened in Lancashire, where the Grade I listed Towneley Hall in Burnley is now suffering from extensive dry and wet rot.
The Lancashire Telegraph highlighted the issue, as well as noting that efforts are being made to save the historic building. Sharing a surveyor’s report, the news provider revealed that there is an outbreak of dry rot “throughout the building”.
“This has caused significant damage to the historic fabric of the building. Urgent action is needed to protect the building from further deterioration,” the report added.
Council chiefs are currently looking for a firm to carry out the work required to rescue the building and its contents. Initial estimates to tackle the dry rot alone have come in at around £110,000.
A spokesperson for Burnley council explained that work to repair the roof won’t start until the spring, and that the rest of the work on the interior will begin once the roof has been fixed.
Dry and wet rot can affect properties of all sizes, not just large stately homes. It’s therefore essential that you keep an eye on the condition of your home and call in help if you are concerned about anything you see.
You should also make sure you always have a survey carried out before you buy a property. An article for Cambridge Network recently pointed out that issues like wet and dry rot may not be immediately apparent, but that a full independent survey should identify them.
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