True Dry Rot Treatment Specialists

Of the wood rotting fungi found in buildings, the true Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans) fungus is the most intrusive and destructive. Often the first sign of the presence of a Dry Rot attack, is the appearance of a mushroom like growth called a Sporophore or Fruit Body.

The Dry Rot Sporophore releases spores or fungal seeds, these spores can often be seen as large deposits of a red rust coloured dust in the vicinity of the attack. The appearance of the Dry Rot Sporophore is an indication that there is an advanced attack present and immediate action is required.

  • Dry Rot Fruiting Body
    Dry Rot Fruiting Body
  • Dry Rot Attack and fruiting bodies.
    Dry Rot Attack and fruiting bodies.
  • Dry Rot attacks can spread through organic materials such as Mortar.
    Dry Rot attacks can spread through organic materials such as Mortar.
  • Dry Rot attacks are not limited to walls or flooring timbers, it will attack any material that it can feed on - including furniture.
    Dry Rot attacks are not limited to walls or flooring timbers, it will attack any material that it can feed on - including furniture.
  • Catastophic Dry Rot attack in flooring timbers.
    Catastophic Dry Rot attack in flooring timbers.

Dry Rot has the unique ability to spread rapidly through buildings and materials from which it derives no nourishment, it does so by the growth of fungal strands. This enables the fungus to spread extensively and largely undetected until a Sporophore appears, by which time damage can be extensive.

Protectahome Surveyors are skilled and experienced in tracing the extent of Dry Rot attacks which have to be considered as three dimensional due to the ability of Dry Rot to spread through building materials. It is essential when dealing with an attack of Dry Rot that the source of moisture responsible for the outbreak is identified and remedied.

We are experienced in working with conservationist’s and building historians to find the most sympathetic but effect solution to the problems being experienced. In recent years Dry Rot monitoring has become an essential aid in providing a planned defence against this most secretive and destructive wood rotting fungi. Protectahome offer a full range of services to deal with a Dry Rot outbreak from Survey, diagnostic analysis and monitoring, exposure, treatment and all associated reinstatement works.

All surveying and treatment works are undertaken by our own highly skilled staff and enable us to offer realistic long term guarantees where appropriate.

When Timber Repair/Engineering is found to be required to deal with a Wet Rot or Dry Rot attack, we are able to select from a comprehensive portfolio of modern or traditional repair techniques. See our Timber Engineering pages for more information.

If you would like to discuss a potential problem further or book a Survey, please Contact Us on 0800 055 6966.

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Dry Rot Case Studies

Pen Cob Wetherspoons, Pwllheli

Protectahome have recently completed the eradication of Dry Rot at a new JD Wetherspoons site on Station Road in Pwllheli, Gwynedd, called the Pen Cob. […]

Cowbridge Grammar School

Cowbridge Grammar School was founded in 1608 by Sir John Stradling, and moved to its present site in 1617. It was owned by Jesus College, […]

Pen Y Fal, Abergavenny

This Grade II Listed Building originally founded in 1846 was to be fully refurbished and sympathetically converted into 63 prestigious apartments.

Capel Aberfan, Aberfan

Protectahome were approached to give expert advice and to provide a solution for Capel Aberfan, a typical Chapel in one of South Wales’s mining communities. […]

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