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‘Serpula lacrymans’, also known as ‘dry rot’, is a highly dangerous fungus that can do a great deal of damage to a home if left untreated. Once it infects timber, dry rot extracts its moisture, taking away the firmness and strength and leaving the wood in terrible condition. Needless to say, if it gets into your property’s support timbers then you will have a huge problem on your hands!
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What do you need to know about dry rot treatment/ prevention?
It is important to realise just how serious a dry rot infection can be. The fungus has a few telltale signs, such as grey stains on wood, wilky white mycelium and a damp musty smell. You may have noticed some of the timber in your home becoming shrunken or cracked. If you have spotted a brown and orange fungus like growth, then your infection has already progressed quite far, and you should call a specialist immediately! While these signs can indicate the presence of dry rot, a deep infection cannot be cured by removing the symptoms. Dry rot does most of its damage out of sight, such as under your floorboards or behind the plaster on your walls.
A dry rot treatment service will include a dry rot assessment, where your Pro will look through your home to identify the cause of the infection. Ironically, ‘dry’ rot actually needs moisture to survive: if a surface has a moisture level of less than 20%, the fungus spores will go dormant. Common causes of humidity in the house include rising damp, leaking pipes, broken windows, faulty water appliances and condensation. Dry rot treatment focuses on these issues, and can involve solutions such as extractor fan installation, damp proofing or rising damp treatment. Your specialist will recommend the best course of action once the infection has been removed.
Removing a dry rot infection will usually require the removal of the infected timber. Just to be clear, the timber will need to come out regardless of what happens to be between it and your specialist, including plaster, appliances, tiles and utilities. This kind of treatment may seem excessive, but if dry rot gets into your structural timbers then the structural integrity of your entire property could be compromised. In other words, going through this now will save you a huge amount of trouble later on.
The cost of dry rot treatment can start at around £3,000, depending on the size of your property and the extent of your infection. However, there are more prices involved as well, such as replacing plaster, re-decorating, re-installing utilities and, of course, dry rot prevention. Because of this, it is crucial to have a specialist perform a dry rot assessment as soon as you find evidence of an infection: if it becomes severe, you should expect to pay at least £10,000 to fix everything. To add insult to injury, in most cases dry rot treatment is nOT covered by building insurance!