Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that’s evident in most regions of the world. Although it can affect forest timbers, dry rot is best known for its ability to eradicate timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Kirkby
It is very important establish 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 is able to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread rapidly through a building. Because of this additional measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot in Kirkby over and above those needed when handling outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.
Typical symptoms of dry rot include:
- Timber will shrink, darken and crack in a “cuboidal” manner
- A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin often tinged with sections of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like 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.
Identifying Dry Rot
The correct identification of Dry Rot in Kirkby is critical in determining the way forward when treating and the removal of timber decay from properties. All Dry Rot Surveys are executed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the correct diagnosis and provide them with a plan of action to eradicate and remove this infection.
Treating Dry Rot
Treatment for Dry Rot can be very costly and disruptive to homeowners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Kirkby are carried out to stringent protocol to circumvent the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are completed by qualified specialists and supervised 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.
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.
Contact Abbey Damp Proofing
Don’t take chances with your property; make sure you have a Timber/Dry Rot survey carried out by one of our CSRT Surveyors, contact Abbey Damp Proofing today.