What is Dry Rot?
Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans) is a fungus that consumes the cellulose in timber. Cellulose is a main component in timber which gives it strength and integrity, therefore the presence of dry rot can have a devastating effect within a property. Although the term ‘dry’ rot is used a moisture content of around 20% is required for it to grow, dry rot will not grow in well ventilated and dry conditions. Areas of high moisture in a property can be caused by a number of reasons e.g., a lack or absence of good ventilation. This type of dampness often goes unnoticed due to being behind walls or under floors. These are ideal conditions for dry rot to grow and spread which can cause severe damage to properties.