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How To Identify Dry Rot


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What is the next step to be aware of when it comes to recognising dry rot?

It is recommended that you seek professional advice immediately if you suspect Dry Rot. Dry Rot is extremely difficult to identify in the early stages and it is possible that it isn’t even visible as it generally attacks hidden areas like the insides of walls and underneath floorboards.

Dry Rot causes wood to become brittle, increasing the likelihood of you or your family getting hurt, and undermines the basic structural integrity of the construction. It also releases spores into the air that can adversely affect the overall health of you and your family. This is why it is essential that you act immediately to accurately diagnose the issue with the help of a Specialist.

FixRot has 15 years of experience in the identification and professional treatment of Dry Rot.  Be safe and secure your home. Request a Survey now. The FixRot technical team will arrange to identify the issue in 24h or less.

Maybe you’ve noticed dangerous levels of dampness on your property and you feel there might be a Dry Rot issue.

The Dry Rot Cycle consists of 4 stages, each with their own signs that can help identify a dry rot problem.

White wool-like substance appearing on wood

White or grey wool-like substance is a Mycelium Growth. It’s the part of fungus that gives it ability to spread extensively throughout the building and indicates an advancing Dry Rot outbreak.

Pizza like shapes visible on would or red dust/ their spore dust.

These are Sporophores also called Fruiting Body. They are identifiable by their pizza-like appearance as the round ones tend to be red inside, with a white outer layer full of fungal spores. They start with an array of shapes and sizes so in the early stage you are more likely to recognise white spore dust they release.

Visible Drying of wood

Dry rot tends to remove all the moisture from the wood. Your timber can look dried out and shrunk.

Dry Rot Smell

The most common symptom of dry rot, even without physically seeing the outbreak, are the presence of a damp and fungal smell. The smell may not necessarily mean there is a dry rot issue, but would certainly indicate an issue with dampness that could lead to dry rot.

Dry Rot vs Wet Rot

All rots are caused by fungi which require a high level of damp and moisture in order to grow and thrive.
Wet Rot is a common name for several types of wood decay caused by a large range of fungi. Wet Rot destroys timber that contains a high level of moisture caused by water leaks or insufficient drainage. Wet Rot usually is considered benign, but if left untreated it could cause serious problems down the line.

Dry Rot, however, is considered extremely dangerous to the structural integrity of any structure as it spreads rapidly to any wood it comes in contact with. Initially, Dry Rot requires a high level of moisture, but once it begins to grow and flourish, it is extremely invasive and can survive in a less optimal and much drier environment.

When dealing with wood fungi, it is always important to seek specialist advice. Wet and Dry Rot is often difficult to tell apart but the consequences for allowing Dry Rot to go unchecked are much more severe.

Here, at Fixrot.co.uk, we have over 15 years of experience in identifying dry rot. Book a survey now.