Dry & Wet Rot

Highly specialist work; we carry out dry rot control and woodworm treatment expertly and effectively. With a team of dedicated technicians, they are able to identify dry and wet rot fast, ensuring the necessary treatment is carried out promptly and professionally.

Wet Rot

Wet Rot sometimes called cellar fungus, if left untreated, will destroy the structural strength of timber. Treatment for this form of rot is by the application of a fungicidal paste spread onto the surface or in the case of larger timbers injected into the centre. Once this paste has been applied a skin forms which prevents the evaporation of the carrier solvent ensuring maximum penetration of the active ingredients. Structurally unsound timbers should be replaced with new and the original source of dampness traced and rectified.

Dry Rot

Dry Rot is by far the most dangerous and destructive of the wood destroying fungi. It can destroy completely sound wood reducing it to a dry and brittle state easily crumbled by hand. It does this by its unique ability to transport water great distances through its root structure, dampen sound timber and feed from the cellulose. It is particularly dangerous as it only requires a moisture content in timber of 20% to germinate and under the right conditions can spread as fast as 80mm a day. Its mycelium can penetrate masonry and infect timber on the other side of thick walls. Once matured, the fungi produce a fruiting body which spreads its microscopic spores throughout the building to infect other areas. It is therefore essential that the correct action is taken swiftly to eradicate this malignant fungus or untold damage to the building will result.

The Solution

  • We locate and remove all of the underlying source of moisture, which is a necessity when carrying out the treatment .
  • Special low odour preservation fluids, generally micro emulsions, are then applied by spray, brush or in paste or gel form.
  • Where the requisite infected masonry is drilled, irrigated and surface sprayed,  we use specially formulated preservative fluids to carry out the fungicidal process.
  • Skilled joiners to carry out the replacement of defective timbers.