St James’s is a central district in the City of Westminster, London, forming part of the West End. In the 17th century the area developed as a residential location for the British aristocracy and around the 19th century was the focus of the development of gentlemen’s clubs. Anciently part of the parish of St Martin in the Fields, much of it formed the parish of St James from 1685 to 1922. Since the Second World War the area has transitioned from residential to commercial use.


f you live or own a business in St James’s in the City of London and have noticed any of the following happening to your property, you maybe experiencing signs of the dreaded Dry Rot Fungus (Serpula lacrymans) which is caused and fed by timber and damp.

Do any of the following sound familiar?

• The smell of mushrooms when you first walk in your property.
• A fine red dust on your furniture or flat surfaces. These are likely to be spores being spread from a dry rot fruiting body.
• Brittle timbers that easily crumble in your hand.
• A white cotton wool like growth. This is called mycelium.
• Unusually springy or warped floors.

The sad thing is you might not initially notice any of the above signs of dry rot and damp until it is too late, allowing it to go unnoticed and to spread rapidly throughout your property, 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 has been established and continuously trading since 1971 and has carried out many dry rot and damp surveys in an around St James’s, including Mayfair, Piccadilly and Westminster.  e have the enviable reputation as being one of London 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 properties 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 and Dry Rot re-plastering system’.

Call us first on 0800 195 9878 for a full dry rot and damp Survey on your property. We are long term members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and Trust Mark. We are all an accredited Which? Trusted Trader so Do It Once, Do It Right with Tapco HomeDry.

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