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Dry Rot Treatment
What is Dry Rot?
Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is the most frequent and the most serious cause of damage to timber in buildings and affects all types of property, old and new alike.  Dampness, through external defects such as leaking roofs or gutters or internal radiator leaks combined with lack of ventilation provides the ideal conditions for fungal attack.  Since dry rot normally affects timber / wood that is damp, typically with moisture content in excess of 20%, it is important to remove the source of moisture from the core of any dry rot treatment eradication strategy.
It is important to identify if you have a dry rot problem and find an approproate dry rot treatment as quickly as possible. The easiest way to do this is to contact Ridgeway Preservation who are qualified within dry rot treatments and are dry rot treatment specialists.
How to Identify Dry Rot & If You Require Treatment?
Dry rot has a distinct mushroom smell and white fungal growth often with yellow and lilac tinges. Damage is often confined to timber / wood but can easily grow through bricks and mortars and finishes such as plaster or paint. Large flat mushroom-like reddy brown fruiting bodies may be the first visible sign of a dry rot problem, and they produce numerous spores which are normally brick-red in colour and are deposited as a layer of dust throughout the building. The decayed timber can be crumbled between your fingers. The dry rot fungus leaves deep cracks running across the grain, and there is often evidence of off-white sheets of cotton wool like cushions on the surface of the wood or masonry.
Dry Rot Treatment Survey 
Our surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection of the property to assess the extent of any dry rot
 damage and will determine if any timbers require treatment or replacement.
Dry Rot Treatment
It is important to locate and eliminate the underlying source of the dampness responsible for the dry rot attack. Exposure work may be required in order to ascertain the full extent of the dry rot outbreak prior to recommending the appropriate remedial works.
Remedial work will consist of removing all dry rot affected timber, wood and wall finishes, carrying out insitu chemical treatments and replacing these items with suitable pre treated timber and wall finishes.
Further Information on Dry Rot Treatment
For further information and help on dry or wood rot problems, or if your property requires Dry Rot Treatment, please contact us today. Our property repair team are here to help you with any dry rot problems.
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