10 fabulously fungusy facts about dry rot
9th January 2019
What is dry rot?
A dry rot problem is no laughing matter but credit where credit is due, it is a pretty amazing fungi.
Read our 10 dry rot fabulous facts to find out more.
Dry rot is a wood destroying fungus prone to originating in damp, dark and out of sight places.
The scientific name for dry rot is Serpula Lacrymans.
Dry rot needs moisture, oxygen, darkness, a susceptible wood and humidity to survive which is why dry rot thrives in dark, damp places.
Dry rot has the capability to travel through brickwork, plaster and even concrete which means it can spread.
Ongoing penetrating damp problems such as where rain water is penetrating through a leaking roof, and leaking pipes such as an undetected leak under floorboards are two of the major causes of dry rot problems.
Dry rot has its very own life cycle:
– naturally occurring airborne spores land on damp timber and begin to germinate
– spores germinate to a cotton wool like white fungal growth
– cobweb like strands will form and spread in the search for moisture– a pancake fruiting body forms which explodes red rust airborne spores
– these settle on surrounding timbers and the life cycle will begin again
The first sign of dry rot is often a distinctive damp, mushroomy type smell.
Wood and timbers can show visual clues of a dry rot outbreak. It will appear dry and brittle and there may be cuboidal like cracking.
A serious case of dry rot will present itself with all the life cycle features; the cotton wool mycelium, red spore dust, cobweb like strands and the fruiting mushroom like body.
How to treat dry rot is complex. The damp, wet conditions must be stopped and all the affected areas treated with a specialist timber treatment fungicide (often referred to as the toxic box area). This is one for a professional dry rot treatment specialist.
ProTen Services are dry rot treatment specialists. If you see or smell signs of dry rot in your property, then contact us to discuss the possible dry rot problem and arrange a dry rot survey.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.