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Just the words ‘Dry Rot‘ can instill fear into anyone who thinks they may have it. Quite rightly so, because Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans) is one of the most insidious and highly destructive problems that can affect a property. Timber can account for around 75% of any building, so once the attack has established itself, it can cause major damage, devastation and disruption, not to mention huge cost. For Dry Rot to survive it needs a source of moisture, so the only way to deal with this major problem is to immediately stop the cause and completely eradicate the attack. You can rely on our 46+ years of experience, coupled with the fact that our trained and experienced operatives carry out every aspect of the treatment and restoration, using only the safest, highest performance preservatives. All aspects of the work are covered by our 20 year guarantee which can be insured by Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI). Never compromise when dealing with Dry Rot, you can trust Tapco HomeDry to Do it Once, Do it Right.
True Dry rot(Serpula lacrymans) is ‘the’ major building decay fungus and is one of the most insidious and destructive problems your property can have. It often causes very extensive and costly damage as it spreads from area to area looking for its food source, timber. When it finds the timber, the mycelium completely destroys it as it spreads rapidly through your property and even into adjoining properties. Unfortunately much of this can happen before you know you have a problem and by then, considerable damage has been caused.
Signs That You May Have Dry Rot.
Some of the signs that you may have Dry-Rot: A smell of mushrooms when you first walk into the room, you constantly wiping a red, rust coloured dust from your furniture, your timber floor feels ‘springy’ when you walk on it, or joinery is showing signs of cracking. If you have noticed any of these, it is possible you have Dry Rot. It is very important not to confuse Dry Rot with any other kind of timber decay because there is only one, all of the others are Wet Rot and do not have the same characteristics : Both need remedial work but dry rot spreads very quickly so it is by far the most urgent to deal with. The sooner you instruct us to eradicate it, the less damage will be caused and the less it will cost.
How do we eradicate dry rot?
The answer to that question is ‘thoroughly’. The Dry Rot remedial work we carry out is very thorough but by its nature, disruptive. First we find the cause of the moisture and immediately rectify it. Wall plaster is then progressively removed in order to trace the strands (Hypha) and locate any hidden, built in timbers. All affected, structurally weakened timbers are removed and carefully disposed of. Once the full extent of the attack has been exposed, the walls and other masonry are prepared and thoroughly treated using a fungicidal masonry solution. The remaining localised timbers are treated with a high performance fungicidal preservative and the timbers are replaced as necessary using new pre-treated timber. The walls are then re-plastered, strictly in accordance with our own specification and the joinery is replaced to match existing as closely as possible. All associated building works and decorative finishes are carried out by us in accordance with good building practice. Never compromise when eradicating Dry Rot, it should only be carried out by an established specialist company like us, who are members of the Property Care Association (PCA). All Dry Rot restoration and treatment carried out by us is covered by our established 20 year guarantee which can be protected by Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI).
Virulent Dry Rot fungus (Serpula lacrymans) affecting the sub-floor timbers.
Collapsed floor caused by virulent attack of Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans).
Dry-Rot fruiting body (Serpula lacrymans) on a skirting board.
Completed Dry-Rot restoration and treatment, ready for decorating.
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If you suspect you have problems with Dry Rot, Wet Rot or Woodworm, call us free, chat to us live or use our online form to arrange a survey. Delay can be costly.
Tapco HomeDry based in Surrey, is one of London and the Home Counties most established and reputable damp-proofing, wood-rot and property preservation companies. We are long term members of the Property Care Association (PCA), Trust Mark (Government Endorsed Standards), the Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI), and an accredited Which? Trusted trader, providing thorough, professional surveys for both commercial and domestic properties. For pre-purchase surveys we are the all-inclusive property preservation experts, providing solutions for damp, from the roof to the drains.