Dry rot in Liverpool (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that’s found in most areas of the world. Although it affects woodland timbers, dry rot is better recognised for its ability to damage timbers in ships and buildings.

Identification of Dry Rot in Liverpool

It is very important determine whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is because dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread rapidly through a building. For this reason added measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot in Liverpool in addition to the steps needed when handling break outs of other wood-rotting fungi.


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The proper identification of Dry Rot in Liverpool is critical in identifying the way forward when treating and the removal of timber decay from buildings. All Dry Rot Surveys are performed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the proper diagnosis and provide them with a step-by-step plan to eliminate and remove this infection.

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Treatment for Dry Rot can be extremely costly and disruptive to property owners. It is vital that Dry Rot Treatments in Liverpool are performed to rigorous protocol to stop the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are completed by qualified professionals and closely watched by a CSRT surveyor to make certain that each treatment step and procedure is carried out thoroughly to provide all our clients with peace of mind.



Typical signs and symptoms of dry rot include:


  • Wood darkens, cracks and shrinks in a “cuboidal” manner
  • A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin commonly tinged with sections of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled similar to a mushroom.
  • White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium develops under humid conditions. ‘Teardrops’ may develop on the growth.
  • Strands develop in the mycelium.
  • Fruiting bodies are a soft, fleshy pancake or bracket with an orange-ochre surface. The surface has wide pores.
  • Rust red coloured spore dust commonly seen around fruiting bodies.
  • Active decay will make a musty, damp odour.



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Every Dry Rot Treatment is backed up by a long term written guarantee and can be optionally guaranteed under the Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI) Scheme which only Property Care Association Members can offer.

Don’t take chances with your home; ensure that you have a Timber/Dry Rot survey carried out by one of our CSRT Surveyors and contact Abbey Damp Proofing today.


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