Dry Rot in Accrington
Dry rot in Accrington (Serpula lacrymans) is a wood-destroying fungus which is found in most parts of the earth. Although it can affect forest timbers, dry rot is better known for its ability to damage timbers in ships and buildings.
Identification of Dry Rot in Accrington
It is important to identify 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 is able to travel through building materials other than timber, giving outbreaks the potential to spread quickly through a building. For this reason extra measures (e.g. masonry sterilisation) often have to be undertaken when treating dry rot in Accrington over and above the steps needed when handling outbreaks of other wood-rotting fungi.
Treatment of Dry Rot in Accrington
Treatment for Dry Rot in Accrington can be extremely costly and disruptive to home owners. It is essential that Dry Rot Treatments in Accrington are performed to strict protocol to stop the infection reoccurring. All our Dry Rot treatments are executed by qualified technicians and closely watched by a CSRT surveyor to make certain that each treatment step and procedure is carried out thoroughly to provide all our clients with peace of mind.
Every Dry Rot Treatment is backed up by a long term written guarantee and can be optionally guaranteed under the Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI) Scheme which only Property Care Association Members can offer.
Typical signs and symptoms of dry rot include:
- Timber will shrink, darken and crack in a “cuboidal” manner.
- A silky grey to mushroom coloured skin typically tinged with spots of lilac and yellow often develops under less humid conditions. This ‘skin’ can be peeled just like a mushroom.
- White, fluffy ‘cottonwool’ mycelium grows 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 produces a musty, damp odour.
The proper identification of Dry Rot in Accrington is extremely important in pinpointing the way forward when treating and removing timber decay from buildings. All Dry Rot Surveys are performed by Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatments (CSRT Surveyors) to ensure all our clients are given the proper diagnosis and provide them with an action plan to eliminate and remove this infection.