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Dry Rot and its Control

June 3, 2014

Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that is found in most parts of the world. Although it affects forests, dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a building. Dry rot is best known for its ability to destroy buildings.


Dry Rot Control and Treatment

Dry rot will only affect timber that is damp, typically affecting timber with a moisture content in excess of 20%. For this reason, removing the source of moisture should form the core of any dry rot eradication strategy.Among the most common causes are leaking washing machines, shower trays, baths. The dampness can also come from outside the building. The wood is often decayed internally, a very thin surface veneer of sound timber being left which can make it difficult to spot.. Once identified, a repair specialists should inspect further, make repairs to structural and decorative timber. Retained structure should be sprayed with fungicides to prevent reinfection.





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