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What Is Dry Rot?
Dry rot (or Serpula Lacrymans) is a type of fungus that specifically attacks and digests wood, particularly timber, causing decay. The fungus eats away at the fibres that give the wood it’s structural strength and flexibility, which can lead to the loss of a building’s structural stability. If left untreated, it could even cause a structure to collapse.
Dry rot is a serious problem across many properties throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Due to the area’s high humidity, Dumfries and Galloway is a real danger. Combined with timber accounting for anywhere up to 66% of the core of the house, a dry rot outbreak can have devastating consequences.
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Dry Rot gets it’s rather confusing name from the material it attacks – ‘dry’ construction wood rather than a ‘wet’ live wood in the forest. But, as with every fungus, Dry Rot requires dampness and high level of moisture in order to thrive. In fact, Dry Rot spores can be found just about everywhere, laying dormant and floating in the air around us. Once they find the appropriately damp environment they require, they can grow and spread rapidly.
Dry Rot is extremely dangerous, more so than even Wet Rot so it is vital that it be promptly and accurately identified, and treated by a Dry Rot Specialist.
Why is Dry Rot Outbreak so Serious?
Dry Rot leaves wood extremely brittle, resulting in structural weakness and loss of construction stability. In areas with high moisture levels, Dry Rot can spread incredibly quickly and sometimes even affect materials other than wood. It releases a large amount of spores into the air affecting occupant’s health. It can be difficult to notice Dry Rot as it usually affects poorly ventilated places such as the inside of walls, under floorboards and other areas hidden from direct view. If your house shows a high level of dampness and there’s a risk of a Dry Rot outbreak, we recommend seeking professional help immediately.