Treating Dry Rot

What Causes Dry Rot?

Spores exist in the air and atmosphere naturally, however, become much more of an issue when it discovers the right conditions in order to germinate. This typically involves damp materials such as timber or masonry. If the moisture level is above roughly 20% then the likelihood of dry rot is very high, especially if the area is freely accessible.

This moisture allows the spores to develop and can typically occur due to cracks or other faults in your property. Issues to look out for are:

  • Rising Damp
  • Penetrating Damp
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Leaking Downpipes & Gutters

Effects Of Dry Rot

It poses a number of issues, the most serious of which is harmful to a building’s structural stability. This might be costly in terms of money, but it can also put people’s lives in jeopardy. A house with dry rot is not a pleasant place to live, and advanced forms of the disease can emit a wet soil-like odour into the air. It might be difficult to sell a property since it is the most dangerous form of fungal rot.

How To Spot Dry Rot

Health Risks

Dry rot spores aren’t dangerous to your health by themselves. The humid circumstances required for the fungus to germinate, on the other hand, can pose a health risk to the elderly, babies, and individuals with respiratory problems.

Dry Rot Treatment

Identifying the source of the rot is the first thing you should do when you notice it. If you discover that it is occurring in an area of your property that is difficult to reach then it might be best to give our professional team of surveyors a call. We will be able to fully assess the extent of the dry rot issue and advise on a full treatment plan.

Dry Rot Treatment For Wood & Timber

Once the damaged & affected timber has been discovered, we recommend that as part of our treatment plan, that it is cut back beyond the growth of the fungus. This will prevent it from growing any further and into other areas of your home.

The visible spores must be removed and the areas deep cleaned in order to remove any of the growth on surfaces. This should be done using professional equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Our team will replace the timber that was removed with high quality, pre-treated timber to ensure that the spores do not return. All areas should be cleaned again thoroughly with a high-quality rot treatment fluid.

Masonry Treatment

Similarly to the surfaces, the masonry should be sterilised with a strong dry rot treatment solution to ensure no further growth continues. The solution our team of specialists uses is designed to penetrate into the substrate and target the spores and fungus to stop it from spreading. This also creates a long-lasting barrier to prevent spores from coming back in the near future.

Contact Us About Dry Rot Treatment In Devon Exeter

For more information on dry rot treatments in Exeter and the surrounding area, contact our team of highly trained professionals. Call us on 01395 233 436 to enquire; we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and book you in for a visit.


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