Dry Rot / Wet Rot

Once untreated timber is allowed to become and remain damp, it can be attacked by wood rotting fungi.

Dry Rot / Wet Rot

All forms of wood rotting fungi require moisture in order to thrive. Provided that timber is kept dry it will not decay. However, once untreated timber is allowed to become damp and to remain in that condition, it can be attacked by one or more of the many species of wood rotting fungi.

The terms ‘wet rot’ and ‘dry rot’ are commonly used to describe fungal attack to timbers in buildings.

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 quickly through a building. For this reason additional measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be taken when treating dry rot outbreaks over and above those necessary when dealing with outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.

The treatment of dry rot involves considerably more work than the simple spraying of timber with a wood preservative. To eradicate an attack by the dry rot fungus and to provide long lasting protection against re-infestation requires a comprehensive scheme of chemical treatment and a carefully detailed programme of associated building work. Treatment is extended in all directions from areas of known infestation. Brickwork, masonry and timbers are sterilised to ensure that any deep seated fungal growth is contained.

It is essential that the building work should include the correction of the ingress of moisture responsible for the attack and replacement of any structurally weakened timber with treated timber.

Dampco can provide experienced personnel with the necessary skill, material and equipment to carry out the work essential for a successful cure, neatly and efficiently. Equally important, this treatment will give lasting protection to ensure that there is no recurrence of the problem and treatment will be carried out under our 20 year guarantee.

Your company recently carried out Dry Rot treatment at my home. I write to say that I found your staff to be very helpful and courteous and the standard of work very high. I will have no hesitation in recommending your company.

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