Dry Rot Wirral

What is Dry Rot?

Dry Rot in Wirral is one of the most damaging conditions you can get in your home.  To grow and flourish dry rot needs moisture. This cold come from many sources, such as a drip from a leaky pipe, rain water coming through the roof or damaged gutters or drain pipes.  Once it starts growing (often unseen), it can inflict serious damage on timber anywhere in the home. 

Dry Rot Survives off Moisture

Dry Rot spores are present everywhere to some degree in every home. On their own, they are harmless, but if they're given water, they germinate forming a large cotton wool like fungus.  Once it reaches this stage, dry rot can do serious harm to a building causing timber to lose its structure and integrity over time.  

Dry Rot Hides from View

Dry Rot often grows where people do not look - behind plaster, under floorboards or up in lofts.  It can even grow within the cracks and cavities in walls feeding off debris and wood behind the plaster.  

Dry Rot Survey

A survey will be able to identify the scope of any dry rot problem.  Using specialist surveying tools, the progress of dry rot infestations can be checked in unexposed areas of the home.  If the survey reveals the presence of dry rot, then treatment recommended will depend on the severity of moisture.

Survey - The Results

If the survey reveals the presence of dry rot , then treatment recommended by us will depend on the severity of moisture. This may be enough to stop a minor outbreak, but where it's more widespread it may be necessary to remove plaster, apply fungicide and replace damaged timbers, such as skirting boards and joists.  

Peace of mind

Whatever work may be required, our fully qualified trained surveyors and technicians Dry Rot eradication by Abbey Damp carries a 10 year Guarantee.  

Frequently asked questions

Q1: How quickly does dry rot spread?

Unfortunately the five key components to start a dry rot infestation are present in the majority of houses in Wirral: dry rot spores, suitable temperature, food source, water and oxygen.  However it really depends on how favourable these conditions are for dry rot to grow and spread.  The more favourable, the quicker dry rot can spread.

Q2: Is Dry Rot a mushroom?

No, dry rot is not a mushroom.  However, its appearance during the Fruiting Body stage of its lifecycle can resemble the look of a mushroom.  Dry rot is a fungal decay that causes damage to the timber of a property that can weaken the structure of a building.

Q3: Is Dry Rot (Serpula Lacrymans) bad for your health?

Currently there are no known mycotoxins produced by Serpula lacrymans that would be harmful to humans or animals. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

A small number of confirmed cases of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (allergic alveolitis) caused by Serpula lacrymans have been reported. Some authors have suggested using the term “lung dry rot” to describe this type of pneumonitis, since Serpula lacrymans could, together with other fungi found in damp environment contribute to triggering the immune response of allergic alveolitis 

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