As a homeowner or tenant, it can be easy to overlook general maintenance and repair tasks, such as leaking pipes, faulty bath seals, blocked gutters, and so on.

However, you should be aware that allowing water ingress into your property from issues such as those mentioned above can encourage timber decay, namely dry rot and wet rot. These fungi thrive in wet conditions and can affect buildings of all ages.

If decay is discovered, it should be identified and remedial action taken without delay.

Identifying the type and cause of the fungal decay is important as this will determine the form of corrective action to be considered. A detailed diagnostic inspection should be carried out by a trained and qualified specialist surveyor.

Signs and Symptoms of Dry Rot:

–         Cuboidal cracking in timbers

–         An orange, rust-like dust

–         White or cream-coloured fleshy fruiting body

–         Weakness to timbers

–         Can also spread over masonry

–         More common in softwoods such as pine


Signs and Symptoms of Wet Rot:

–         The appearance can be similar to that of dry rot

–         Cannot spread over masonry

–         Cuboidal cracking in timbers

–         The decay is confined to wet areas

–         Mycelium strands can vary in appearance, from brown to black and sometimes white

–         Weakness to timbers

As you will see from the above lists, the symptoms can be similar in both types of rot. However, treatments for these issues can vary – as such, it is imperative to have an expert diagnosis. We recommend instructing a C.S.R.T accredited surveyor to attend your property and provide you with a diagnosis too. The good news? We are able to arrange this for you and can carry out any subsequent recommended treatments.


The term “woodworm” is the generic name given to the larvae of many species of wood boring insects. By far the most common wood destroying beetle found in British buildings today is the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum).

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