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Dry & Wet Rot

Unfortunately one of the biggest threats to timberwork is fungal decay. Wet rot and dry rot both love the damp and this can cause serious structural damage in you properties.

Dry and wet rot are caused by fungai (Serpula lacrymans) and this can make even the strongest obeams, joists and timbers to collapse into nothing more than a pile of dust. Funnily enough dry rot has to have moisture to survive and thrive and it enjoys living in damp, warm, unventilated conditions. Dry rot can often be located in parts of your property that aren’t easily visible so its not always that easy to dectect until too late. You should also be aware that masonry and plaster can be attacked too, not just timber. It is possible that within a very short space of time the complete structural strength of a building can be compromised if you suspect that you have dry rot, call us now 7000 2066.

AVIVA insurance list these as the most common indicators of dry rot:-

How to treat dry rot

Cyprus Damp Proofing can help rid you of dry rot and its a two stage process.

Initially we must locate and eliminate the source of the water causing the conditions for dry rot to survive and expand. As with all damp problems we are meticulous in our search for any possible ways for water to enter timber of brickwork, The most common sources are:-

Secondly, we need to ensure that get all infected timber is removed and Cyprus Damp Proofing has skilled professional staff who can effectively complete this task.

We will then replace the old corroded woodwork with new timbers treated to European standards (Eurocode 5) and in order to ensure a complete eradication of the spores that cause dry rot we will also treat adjoining healthy timbers and plasterwork with a preservative that penetrates deep into the structure.

In the case of wet rot the treatment is much the same. One thing about wet rot is that is stays close to the source of water ingress and does not spread like dry rot. However, it can be equally destuctive if left untreated so if you suspect that you may have dry or wet rot then please call us as soon as possible on 7000 2066.