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Dry rot

Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) and wet rot cause millions of pounds of damage to buildings every year and often go unnoticed until major works are required to correct the damage. The deterioration of timber is invariably linked to high moisture content. In moist conditions timber absorbs water making it palatable for fungi and insects. We can track the growth of dry rot and deploy carefully targeted chemical treatment to control and eradicate it in conjunction with lowering moisture levels.

Where moisture is present dry rot can travel through walls and the fabric of buildings seeking timber. A solid wall, once wet, acts as a reservoir holding moisture for several years after the defect has been corrected. Minimal chemical treatment is often necessary to protect timber whilst this drying process is progressing, to prevent further outbreaks of fungal decay.

  • Stop the moisture source - the single most important step
  • Remove decayed timber and assess the extent of damage
  • Treat the affected area
  • Re-instate treated and isolated timbers.

Case studies

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Case Study 1
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Case Study 4
Sporophore Mycelium

Dry Rot Sporophore. Dry Rot mycelium growing on floor joists.