What Is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is a specific type of fungus (Serpula Lacrymans) that attacks and digests wood, particularly timber. It eats away at the fiber responsible for structural strength and flexibility, and can lead to loss of building’s stability and even a collapse.

Dry rot is a serious problem across properties in Dumfries and Galloway. With area’s high humidity and timber accounting for anywhere up to 66% of the core of the house, a wood rot outbreak can have some devastating consequences.

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Dry Rot’s confusing name refers to it eating away ‘dry’ construction wood rather than a ‘wet’ live wood in the forest. But, like every fungus, Dry Rot needs dampness and high level of moisture to thrive. In fact, Dry Rot spores are present everywhere, dormant and floating in the air around us, until they find appropriately damp environment rich in wood, where they can grow and spread with exceptional speed.

Dry Rot, similar to more benign Wet Rot, is particularly dangerous so it is vital that it be promptly and accurately identified, and treated by a Specialist.

Why is Dry Rot Outbreak so Serious?

It leaves wood dried out and brittle, leading to structural weakness and loss in construction stability.

It is difficult to notice as it affects poorly ventilated places that are hidden from direct view (under floorboards, inside-walls etc.)

In high moisture conditions it can spread disastrously fast and even affect other material than wood.

It releases large amount of spores into the air affecting occupant’s health.

If your house shows high level of dampness and risk of rot outbreak, we recommend you to be safe and seek professional help.