Chessington in Surrey is well known for being home to the popular theme park Chessington World of Adventures. Incorporating a zoo, theme park, aquarium, hotels and the historic Burnt Stub Mansion from the English Civil War, Chessington attracts visitors from all over the country.

If you live in Chessington or Hook and have noticed any of the following in your home you won’t need to go on a scary theme park ride to be struck down by fear. This is because they are all signs of the dreaded Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans) which is caused by damp and far scarier. The first things you may notice are:
• A rotting earthy musty smell. Caused by active decay within your home.
• Brownish red dust on your furniture. This is spore being spread from dry rot fruiting bodies.
• Brown and brittle timbers that easily crumble in your hand.
• A white cotton wool like growth, called mycelium.
• Discolouration to walls and ceilings with water spots.
• Unusually springy or warped floors.


The scary thing is you might not initially notice any of the above signs for dry rot and damp, allowing it to go unnoticed and to spread rapidly throughout your home, causing severe structural damage and the need for thousands of pounds worth of repairs. Each dry rot spore is capable of causing a brand new dry rot outbreak elsewhere in your property.

Tapco HomeDry knows dry rot well because we have been treating it for over 44 years. Based in Thames Ditton KT, just down the road from Chessington, since 1971 we’re London, Surrey and the Home Counties premier dry rot, damp proofing and woodworm experts.

Our specialist dry rot and damp treatment has helped thousands of people to eradicate the problems from their homes once and for all. We use only the safest and best high performance timber preservatives and all plastering is carried out in accordance with our ‘Tapco HomeDry Dry Rot and Damp Proofing re-plastering system’.

Call us on 0800 195 9878 for a full damp & timber or Dry Rot survey on your home in Chessington, Hook or Surrey. Members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and British Damage Management Association (BDMA) Do It Once, Do It Right with Tapco HomeDry.

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