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Dry Rot in Maidstone

Dry rot in Maidstone (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus that’s present in most regions of the world. Although it affects woodland timbers, dry rot is better known for its ability to eradicate timbers in ships and buildings.

image shows before and after pictures for dry rot in maidstoneIdentification of Dry Rot

It is very important distinguish whether timber decay has been caused by dry rot or another wood-destroying fungus such as one of the wet rots. This is down to the fact that dry rot has the ability to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a structure. For this reason additional measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be adopted when treating dry rot in Maidstone in addition to those required when confronted with break outs of other wood-rotting fungi.

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Typical signs and symptoms of dry rot include:

  • Timber shrinks, darkens and cracks in a ‘cuboidal’ manner
  • A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin generally tinged with patches of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like a mushroom.
  • White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium develops under humid conditions. ‘Teardrops’ may develop on the growth.
  • Strands develop in the mycelium
  • Fruiting bodies are a soft, fleshy pancake or bracket with an orange-ochre surface. The surface has wide pores.
  • Rust red coloured spore dust usually seen around fruiting bodies.
  • Active decay creates a musty, damp odour.

Treating Dry Rot In Maidstone

The proper identification of Dry Rot in Maidstone is critical in determining the way forward when treating and eradicating timber decay from buildings. All Dry Rot Surveys are completed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the correct diagnosis and provide them with an action plan to eradicate and remove this infection.

Treatment for Dry Rot can be very costly and disruptive to home owners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Maidstone are carried out to strict protocol to circumvent the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are executed by qualified professionals and closely watched by a CSRT surveyor to ensure that each treatment step and procedure is carried out thoroughly to provide all our clients with peace of mind.

Dry Rot: How We Address It

Our dry rot specialists are called in to examine the situation, then we produce a report to you on the condition of the spread of this fungi, providing specifications and costings to address and solve the situation swiftly for you.

We would remove all of the affected timbers, along with the surrounding timbers, and remove any plaster off the walls concerned to at the very least a meter past the last visible signs of the dry rot Mycelium, to be safe, as you definitely can not take any chances with dry rot.

Next we irrigate with treatments and preservatives and replace the timbers with pre-treated, vac-packed timbers that are treated so that they cannot be re-infected, just in case the treatment fails for any reason.

Additionally there is a ‘belt and brace’ system where we would go in and arrest the situation, complete the treatments and any technical work and then our joiners would put the new timber back in and we conclude by re-plastering. The finish will be refurbished back to the specific design or made new.

image shows the effect of dry rot in maidstone

Contact Maidstone Rendering, Timber And Damp

We have carried out dry rot work in Maidstone and throughout Kentover the past 20 years and have a 100% success rate. If you would like to arrange a free site survey and quotation for the treatment of dry rot in Maidstone please contact us today.