Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that’s evident in most areas of the earth. Although it affects woodland timbers, dry rot is best known for its ability to eradicate timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Speke
It is important to identify 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 structure. Because of this added measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be undertaken when treating dry rot in Speke over and above the steps necessary when facing outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.
Typical warning signs of dry rot include:
- Wood shrinks, darkens and cracks 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 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 produces a musty, damp odour.
Identifying Dry Rot
The proper identification of Dry Rot in Speke is very important in determining the way forward when treating and the removal of timber decay from buildings. All Dry Rot Surveys 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 eliminate and remove this infection.
Treatment of Dry Rot
Treatment for Dry Rot can be extremely costly and disruptive to home owners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Speke are carried out to strict protocol to prevent the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are completed by qualified specialists and closely watched by a CSRT surveyor to ensure 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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