Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus which is found in most parts of the planet. Although it affects woodland timbers, dry rot is better recognised for its ability to eradicate timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Widnes
It is important to distinguish whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is due 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 building. For this reason additional measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be applied when treating dry rot in Widnes in addition to the steps required when confronted 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 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 generally seen around fruiting bodies.
- Active decay creates a musty, damp odour.
Identification of Dry Rot
The proper identification of Dry Rot in Widnes is very important in determining the way forward when treating and removing timber decay from properties. All Dry Rot Surveys are performed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the right diagnosis and provide them with a step-by-step plan to eliminate and remove this infection.
Treatment of Dry Rot
Treatment for Dry Rot can be very costly and disruptive to homeowners. It is vital that Dry Rot Treatments in Widnes are carried out to rigid protocol to stop the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are carried out 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; be sure to have a Timber/Dry Rot survey carried out by one of our CSRT Surveyors. Contact the team at Abbey Damp Proofing today.