Dry Rot Eradication in Sunderland


What is dry rot?

Dry rot is a type of fungus that causes wood to decay. When present in a building, it poses great danger, as affected timber becomes dry, crumbling and unstable. If left unchecked, there is a possibility of collapse or extreme deterioration of the integral structure of the building.

What causes dry rot?

Dry rot can be naturally present in spore form almost anywhere. But in terms of it becoming a problem in your home, the main culprit is water. In order to grow, the spores need moisture and timber to feed off, and the source of water could be almost anything. They don’t necessarily need a large amount of moisture; even a very small leak or drip may, over time, contribute to the conditions required for dry rot to spread. Common causes are damaged gutters and pipes, and poor ventilation and condensation can also exacerbate the situation.

What should I look for?

Dry rot can easily flourish unnoticed, especially in areas that are hard to examine. If you spot any of these signs, take steps to start the process of dry rot eradication:

  • Fluffy, pale cushion-like growths appearing in sheets. These could be white or grey.
  • A continual musty smell.
  • Very thin pale strands.
  • Dry, cracked wood with splits running with and against the grain. The wood will be brittle and easily disintegrate when touched.
  • ‘Fruiting bodies’, a more advanced stage, which have the appearance of a red-brown fungus.
  • Brown dust-like spores found on household items.

What should I do?

Get a thorough investigation into which areas are affected by booking a free evaluation with the experts at Wallseal Preservation. Dry rot can spread incredibly quickly, even if not particularly close to moisture, so even if you think you know where the problem is there may be potential for further damage. You can request a free survey by calling Wallseal Preservation’s Sunderland office on 0191 552 4743, or email us using our contact form and we’ll be delighted to help.