What is Dry Rot?


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What is dry rot and what causes it?

What is dry rot?  In a nutshell, dry rot is a wood destroying fungus that digests parts of the wood which give the timber strength and its structural integrity. 

It is a fungus that eats away at the cellulose component within wood turning it brown and ultimately reducing the timber to a dry and crumbly state with noticeable cuboidal fractures.

It is caused when dampness combined with lack of ventilation provides the ideal conditions for fungal attack.  It can affect all types of property, historic or modern and can grow within the cracks and cavities in the walls feeding off debris and wood behind the plaster. 

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What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?

Outwith the physical differences that identify dry rot and wet rot, the main difference is that dry rot requires less moisture to germinate and grow than wet rot. It also is more likely to spread over a much greater area travelling through the capillaries between the stone/brick and there mortar joints to affect adjoining areas/properties.

Identify Dry rot

If you know how to spot dry rot the chances are you can catch it early enough to reduce the time effort and cost of removing it.

Dry Rot signs

Dry rot vs Wet Rot

Both of these timber conditions require excess moisture to occur but they are very different. Could you tell them apart?

Dry Rot vs Wet Rot

What to do about dry rot

Because dry rot is such a serious problem, it is important to treat the issue as soon as possible.  Without treating the dry rot, it will live and grow, feeding off, and eventually destroying, the timbers in your property. this process will obviously have serious consequences to the structural integrity of the property.

If you do suspect dry rot and you are unsure what to do about it then do not delay in speaking to a dry rot specialist and organise a dry rot property survey.

For more information, help and advice on treating dry rot, visit the following web pages.

Dry rot treatment

Wise Property Care are experts when it comes to treating dry rot. Find out how we can eradicate dry rot from your property.

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Contact a Dry Rot Pro

The first step to solving a dry rot problem in your property is booking a survey with a company rated and approved by Which?, Trustmark, Safe Contractor and the PCA.

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Speak to a specialist about dry rot

To speak to a dry rot treatment specialist, call Wise Property Care on 0800 65 22 678 or contact us online using our online contact form.

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