Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus which is evident in most regions of the world. Although it affects forest timbers, dry rot is better known for its ability to destroy timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Runcorn
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 because dry rot is able 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 Runcorn in addition to the steps necessary when facing breakouts 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 commonly tinged with spots of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like a mushroom.
- White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium grows 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 creates a musty, damp odour.
Identifying Dry Rot
The correct identification of Dry Rot in Runcorn is very important in identifying the way forward when treating and removing timber decay from buildings. All Dry Rot Surveys are completed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the correct diagnosis and provide them with a step-by-step plan to eradicate and remove this infection.
Treating Dry Rot
Treatment for Dry Rot can be very costly and disruptive to home owners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Runcorn are performed to rigorous protocol to circumvent the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are carried out by qualified specialists 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.
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.
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