Signs that you might have Dry Rot Affecting your Property

Why is Dry Rot a Problem?

Dry rot is probably not known to many of you but it is definitely an issue that you need to be aware of. Dry rot is a wood rotting fungi that attacks areas of timber that is damp. Dry rot is the most serious of all the property care issues and one of the reasons why it causes a serious amount of damage due to the fact it can spread different areas of your building. This property care issue can affect all types of properties from small residential housing to large commercial buildings.

If your vintage furniture has become affected then a specialist should be contacted before it spreads onto areas of your property where the building can because seriously damaged.

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What are Signs to Look Out For?

There are a number of signs to look out for when identifying dry rot in your home and this can be really helpful for stopping the problem as soon as possible.

The smell of dry rot

One of the common symptoms for dry rot affecting areas of your property is there will be damp fungal smell. This doesn’t always mean it is a dry rot problem it does provide a good indicator of dampness. Damp is the common cause of dry rot so this is definitely something to look out for.

The Growth of Mycelium

Mycelium growth is another common sign of dry rot and this form of growth is white or grey in colour and has a cotton wool substance to it. As already explained earlier, this type of growth has the ability to spread quickly onto other areas of building materials to find other sources of food, which is wood.

The Affected Timber

The timber that has been affected provides a good indicator that dry rot is causing damage to building materials in your property. In order for the wood rot to grow, all the moisture will have been taken out of the wood. This will then mean that the timber will be dried out and will have shrunken as well.

Fruiting Bodies

This fruiting body can be identified on the timber for the “pizza like” appearance. The fruiting body varies in shape and size. The most common is a red coloured and round shaped fruiting body. The spore dust is the first indicator that dry rot is present with the fruiting body nearby.


Differences from Wet Rot

There are types of wood rot one being the already discussed dry rot and the other is wet rot. Dry rot and wet rot are often misdiagnosed with each other however there are differences between them.

The most notable difference is that wet rot needs a high moisture content in the timber for it to grow of 50% while dry rot is much lower at 20%. Another difference is that dry rot is most serious between the 2 wood rotting fungi’s. Dry rot can spread in the building destroying a large quantity of timber while wet rot occurs more frequently but causes less damage than dry rot. This due to the fact wet rot only affects the one timber it is attacking.

How to tackle Dry Rot?

If you do spot any of the signs of dry rot described above then it is always best to get in touch with a specialist to ensure that the problem is dealt effectively and efficiently.

By Robert Owen of Timberwise