The name “dry rot” is misleading, it actually needs the moisture content of your timber to be at least 20% to survive and up to 35% moisture content will allow it to flourish and reproduce rapidly. Warm enclosed spaces are ideal, so it is often to be found in areas that aren’t immediately obvious such as behind timber cladding, underneath wooden floors and behind skirting boards. Dry rot loves to travel, always hungry for more timber, it can also affect masonry and plaster. If dry rot is suspected, it needs to be investigated by a professional.
Wet rot is much more common than dry rot, the fungus is only attracted to very damp timber or plaster and remains within the damp area and it is generally less problematic than dry rot but can still undermine structural timber. Wet rot can be present under painted surfaces and the typical symptoms include a soft and spongy feel to your timber which can also be dark in patches. Plastered walls can show dark strands of wet rot spreading in a leafy pattern. If your property shows signs of any of these symptoms do not hesitate to contact us.