Cost effective Wet Rot and Dry Rot Repairs
Dry Rot is probably one of the worst things that can happen to your property. Newcastle and the North East are prone to Dry rot due to the climatic conditions being cooler and wetter. If you see any signs of wet rot or dry rot in your home ring our Newcastle office on 0191 4 066 488 and ask for an appointment for our surveyor to call and check it out for you.
Tell Tale Signs of Dry Rot.
Dry rot can appear in many forms, the main body of the dry rot is referred to as a 'Fruiting Body' or 'Sporophore' this is usually found against timber, under floorboards or in damp areas of timber or masonry. This resembles a colourful pancake. From the sporophore come tendrills which look a bit like pale grape vine, these progress into mycelium which can look anything from a spiders web to cotton wool depending on the ambient humidity.
Dry rot is often accompanied by ginger to rust coloured spores - these look like rust coloured dust and often occurr around the fruiting body or can deposit through 'Bleed' areas such as under skirtings or where there are gaps in the floors etc. If you see any of these signs ring 0191 4 066 488 and ask for assistance. You will probably
Dry Rot History
Dry rot has been recorded as early as the 17th century in ship timbers belonging to the Royal Navy of King James I! Found today mostly in buildings located in the north east and west of the UK, often in properties constructed before the Second World War. There are many species of wood-rotting fungi that settle onto damp timber and germinate. This process eventually attacks the wood in your home, causing decay.
It is of course very important you have a correct diagnosis of whether you are suffering an attack of wet rot or dry rot. Dry rot is far worse to deal with than wet rot. Wet rot mainly grows only where timbers are affected by moisture, it does not attack dry timber, however Dry Rot can spread across dry timber and even across or through masonry - hence the name - Dry rot.