Dry Rot Treatment in London

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What is dry rot?

Dry rot is the general word used for wood-decay fungus. Once the surface of the Wood is broken down by the Sporocarp fungi, it gives way to Mycelium that consumes the wood and dries it out effectively; the end result is a fine dust and dry rot bloom. Dry rot is caused by fungal spores which require a suitable place to land and start their colonies before spreading through the underlying wood. Soil can be contaminated when it is drilled into, and old wood that has been affected by dry rot could also be a source of contamination.

This means wood can get damp and stay damp for considerable periods of time below 15% relative humidity. Dry rot attacks the structural parts of a property such as floor joists and rafters undetected, unlike wet rot which can only attack damp timber. It often happens where you don’t look. This can be behind the plaster, under your floorboards or even in your loft. That’s why it’s important to identify the signs and symptoms of dry rot to have it treated fast.

What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?

Dry rot and wet rot are two different kinds of fungus that can destroy wood if left untreated. The biggest difference between wet and dry rot is the significant moisture content that wet rot needs to spread. Contrarily, dry rot does not spread as easily as wet rot. This is so because Dry Rot fungus thrives even in eco-friendly woods like bamboo and uses the capillaries within the timber to grow. Dry rot is the greatest danger when it comes to timber damage, it spreads throughout buildings, frequently hidden by wallpaper or carpets. On the other hand, wet fungus occurs when timber becomes wet for long periods of time.

What are the causes of dry rot?

Dry rot is caused by different species of fungi. Serpula Lacrymans is the most common one in London. If it’s not handled fast enough, it’s going to spread over your house, brick and mortar, and even plaster. Blocking up your timber may save on heating/cooling costs, but it may also affect the structural integrity of your entire house. Dry rot hits when you have too much moisture in your timber. This attracts the fungus that is going to use this moisture to produce nutrients. The expression “dry rot” is used to contrast between “wet wood” and “dry wood rot.”

Wet timber feeds on dry rot. Fungal spores require over 30% moisture to generate hyphae, which in turn can survive with 20% moisture. They are the only living organism that can form three-dimensional networks of hyphae, which can lead to mycelia that spread over considerable distances. H2O, Hemicellulose and cellulose can be stripped from the timber by this fungus, leaving behind a fragile structure of the original wood. A specialist survey will be needed, this specialist survey can help you identify the fungus that is causing your timber decay. This is really important since the cure for these damages can differ based on the actual cause.

The dangers of dry rot in London

Dry Rot Effect on your Property

The biggest problem with dry rot is that it will rapidly attack your home’s structural integrity. It will spread along the structural timbers inside your property and begin to break them down. In serious cases, this can trigger various parts of your house to break apart. Dry rot, however, does not attack your brick or stone; it only travels across it. That is why routine checks are necessary.

Dry Rot is a critical problem that requires urgent maintenance and treatment. You should call a dry rot expert immediately to avoid further infestation and damage. If you suspect you may have a problem with dry rot, check out Southern Damp Proofing today.

Dry Rot Effect on Your personal health

The fungus that causes dry rot is not harmful. The existence of dry rot can cause a number of health problems. If you suffer from respiratory problems, asthma or allergies and don’t have a smoke alarm, then this guide is for you.

What are the Warning Signs of Dry Rot?

The sooner you find dry rot, the less time and money you need to waste on treating it. A full assessment by a professional is recommended if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms.

The beginning of the dry rot cycle

The spores of the dry rot fungus are carried by the wind across large distances. They only need a small place to come inside and will slowly but surely chew holes through the wood. When the wood has enough moisture, it allows fungal spores of Armillaria mellea to germinate and create hyphae, if the timber is giving them enough nutrients to do so. As the fungus grows, strands of this tissue called hyphae form spiderweb-looking collections called mycelium. Mycelium ranges in different colors such as light gray or solid white. Mycelium is mostly found between property’s bricks, mortar and plaster and can also try and spread into timber greatly.

Your timber is damaged.

It affects every part of the wood, from the bark to the core, causing it to wither and die. Often this can also cause the timber to collapse. The first sign of dry rot is darkening of the wood. In fact, dry rot can result in what is called cuboid cracking. Cuboidal cracking occurs when the wood breaks into cubes that are about 50 mm in width. The distinctive symptom of white rot in wood is a creamy colour to the wood due to a white fungal growth called “hyphae”. Also known as dry rot, hyphae is a common symptom of dry rot.

Your timber will smell.

If your wood is infected by dry rot, it will have a different, fungal smell. This can happen even though you can’t see an epidemic of dry rot. Despite the odor, dry rot may not yet begun to grow.

Your timber will have fungus bodies on it.

It is the last and most visible level of dry rot. Mushroom-like fruiting bodies can start attaching themselves to your timber. They occur when dry rot can no longer feed on the wood, so the fungus has to churn out spores instead.

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  • Rising / Penetrating Damp
  • Ingress of Water
  • Salt Crystallization
  • Plaster Breakdown
  • Damp Staining
  • Wet Rot / Dry Rot

Your timber will have spore dust.

Dry rot can affect a variety of timber that is not necessarily already rotten and damp. It could be a sign of dry rot if you see splots of rusty colored dust embedded decomposed spores. Fruiting bodies yield spore dust in the last phase of the dry rot cycle.

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Dry Rot Treatment in London

Only when the moisture is over 20% will a dry rot invasion take place. Controlling moisture levels in your living space/property is the first preventative step to eradicating the presence of the fungus. Then the moisture levels will be under your control. Consult a professional for a proper treatment of your dry rot.

For the removal of infected timber and any remedial work, you can rely on Southern Damp Proofing . Removing affected timber needs to be actioned by a professional. The required treatment lies on the knowledge of a dam proofing expert. Some treatments are injected into the timber, others coat the surface of the timber. There are also several preventative treatment options available. Such chemicals require precise concentrations and can have adverse side effects if mistakenly inhaled or injected.

Your timber may require Boron roads injection from a professional. It’s a well known fact that Boron is a lethal material, that’s why we always make sure all of our damp proofing experts wear the right safety clothing. Due to their specialist experience and thorough inspection, our damp experts will be able to identify and address any damage that dry rot may have caused in your home. Dry rots can lead to serious complications if left untreated for a long time. Dry rots are a serious problem and can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Our team at Southern Damp Proofing will implement a suitable treatment that addresses your problem efficiently and cost-effectively. Please don’t be late If you believe you have a problem with dry rot, call 020 7971 1329 for a free survey, and successful care today.

How can you prevent dry rot damage in London?

The first step of treating dry rot is prevention. A dry rot infestation will occur in any wooden areas of the house that traps ample water and is subject to moisture/moisture ingress. Here are several techniques that will save them from forming: Always ensure there are no leaks in your property. Provide proper, sufficient ventilation.

Correctly ventilate the attic and insulate it. Ventilate crawl spaces correctly. Stop dirt and moisture from getting into your basement or crawlspace. Examine all areas of the roof and wall surrounding the chimney from top to bottom, ensuring that water is being directed away from the chimney properly. Ensure clear downspouts and drains. Using a wet system? Check for plumbing and heating leaks in your home. The easiest way to mitigate the chance of dry rot is to decrease moisture levels, because of the moist conditions needed for dry rot fungus to feed and germinate. For instance, if you plug the leak, you prevent water from flowing into the pipe and causing future damage.

Speak to a Dry Rot specialist in London

We are equipped to deal with any damp proofing or dry rot problems affecting your property or home. We will give you a free estimate for how much it will cost to get rid of all of it before we begin work.

We have been helping happy London homeowners for over years, so we feel our experience can help you too. For a free survey and quote, call us on 020 7971 1329. I am an expert in dry rot and timber treatment. I can visit your property to identify the extent of the infestation and recommend a solution specific to your requirements. We will always give you our best and impartial advice on treatment that is right for your needs. As a well-established building company, we have a wealth of experience in all aspects of repair, restoration and renovation including surveys.

Dry rot is caused by moisture getting into the wood, it is important to contact us right away because dry rot can spread quickly. Southern Damp Proofing will be able to help you no matter what the nature of your damp issue is, email or call us on 020 7971 1329

FAQ’s

Where can dry rot grow?

In any wood with a high level of moisture, dry rot can develop. As it can look like other problems at its early stages, it is important to seek advice as soon as possible. Dry rot can completely destroy a wood structure no matter the age. This reason is because it is affected by moisture and wetness that can take place anywhere.   Dry rot can be caused by leaks or weather, meaning the type of property does not affect it.

How can I confirm that I have dry rot?

It’s better to conduct a survey if you know your timber is having trouble and is vulnerable to moisture. After some time, fruiting bodies and mycelium will appear in the drive rot life-cycle.

Is dry rot serious?

It can cause long-term damage to the building if dry rot is left unchecked because it is one of the most severe forms of moisture that can manifest in property.

If dry rot is left unchecked what will happen?

Dry rot is one of the most severe forms of moisture that can show itself in the property and will eventually cause irreversible damage to the building if left untreated. Often, it doesn’t come to light until the harm is done because of the areas where the concern is likely to be the appearance of dry rot. How do I manage dry not After the reason your timber moist is identified, this can be fixed. If the cause of your timber moisture is on the surface, a different solution shall be provided.

Will dry rot stretch?

Yes, because the living fungus causes dry rot.   This implies that if the spring of the nutrient is depleted, there will be a new source.

 

How wide is Dry Rot able to spread?

Anywhere with proper environment conditions you can have dry rot spores spread. The reason is, they emerged in the atmosphere. If your timber has a moisture content of around 20%, and if it is in the open air, these conditions are attractive to dry rot fungus. This also means that groups of fungus can spread across many materials. If dry rot spreads through masonry and plaster, and if more wood is reached to feed off where the timber is wet. It will stretch more. Proper temperature, oxygen, moisture, food source and drive rot spores are the five things dry rot fungus needs to survive.   Most of this is present in any home in the UK in some capacity.

How do I discover how far Dry Rot has spread?

If you have traced the dry rot fungus quickly or not, a professional will identify the source of the problem. They will be capable of finding the bacteria in the different masonry and plaster from which it has spread.

Can my dry rot problem be treated effectively by you?

Our specialist qualified surveyors and consultants can address and rectified, any dry rot problem and ensure that your  timber is secured for the future.

Should I restore or replace dry rot?

It is possible to repair certain levels of dry rot, but it is not recommended if the damaged areas provide the home with structural integrity, such as beams and joints, or even flooring for that matter. In those cases, instead of repairing it, you should replace the wood. If you restore or rebuild the wood, it is better if you have eliminated the conditions that caused the rot to flourish in the first place or risked it coming back. Check for roof leaks, broken gutters or downspouts, plumbing leaks and/or inadequate ventilation to find the source of moisture accumulation. You can consult an expert to assist you trace and fix the problem.

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