Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that is present in most regions of the world. Although it can affect woodland timbers, dry rot is better known for its ability to eradicate timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Bootle
It is very important identify whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is down to the fact that dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a structure. For this reason added measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be adopted when treating dry rot in Bootle in addition to those needed when dealing with outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.
Typical warning signs of dry rot include:
- Timber will shrink, darken and crack in a “cuboidal” manner
- A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin typically tinged with spots of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled similar to a mushroom.
- White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium builds up 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 generally seen around fruiting bodies.
- Active decay will make a musty, damp odour.
The correct identification of Dry Rot in Bootle is very important in choosing the way forward when treating and removing timber decay from properties. All Dry Rot Surveys in Liverpool are carried out by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the right diagnosis and provide them with a plan of action to eradicate and remove this infection.
Contact Abbey Damp For Bootle Dry Rot Treatments
Treatment for Dry Rot can be extremely costly and disruptive to home owners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Bootle are carried out to rigid protocol to stop the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are executed by qualified technicians and closely watched by a CSRT surveyor to ensure each treatment step and procedure is carried out thoroughly to provide all our clients with peace of mind.
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.