Every house has timber in it and while it can last a long time if it is looked after. Dry Rot can rampage through your home. It loves moist unventilated conditions. Can penetrate brickwork to get to your wood and can cause widespread destruction of structural timbers, skirting boards, door frames and wood flooring.
Because Dry rot thrives in damp, unventilated conditions. It can occur in the areas of a property that are hidden, like floor voids, or behind timber panelling, so damage may be extensive before the attack is discovered.
What are the signs to look for with dry-rot.
Dry rot first appears as off-white cotton-wool like sheets on brickwork and wood. Later it develops fungal strands as thick as your small finger. It often has a lemon-yellowish tinge when its exposed to light.
How do I know if I have dry-rot in the wood in my house. The first signs can be whitish cotton-wool like sheets on brickwork and timber and/or large flat mushroom-like things growing through plaster or paint and numerous spores which are normally brick-red in colour. Deep cracks running across the grain are another worrying sign of Dry rot fungus. Badly affected wood can be crumbled between your fingers. If you are not sure what to look for call in a specialist.