Dry Rot

Dry rot in Ireland, once established, has a tendency to spread easily due to a combination of things. Our climate and our stone buildings are two main reasons and of course the fact that many of these old buildings have little or no ventilation. It is understandably difficult to form a balance between keeping the place warm and keeping it ventilated and here is where we see the start of many dry rot problems in Ireland. To find a good balance we need to consider the fact that dry rot does not thrive in dry conditions and actually requires a higher than average moisture level in order to grow. It is a fungi and fungi are very important for our ecosystem. We just need to keep that fungi where it is meant to be. We must also consider health issues and the best way to get rid of dry rot and treat the dry rot problem.

What may be perfect conditions for Dry Rot can be detrimental to our own health.

I have seen dry rot in Mullingar, dry rot in Longford and dry rot in Dublin. All with similar conditions. Damp, warm dark conditions that mushrooms love. This is ideal ground for the growth and spread of Dry Rot. Unfortunately this is often concealed  and only when Mr Fungi decides to venture out from under the floorboards, as I have seen in a dry rot problem in Meath, do we even know it’s there. Saying that, there is an accompanying musty odour that, believe it or not, is quite often ignored and was in this case.

Breathability is the key in most situations and good ventilation. Many dry rot problems in Ireland are due to this simple fact. I recently surveyed a property with very bad dry rot in Cavan that had very expensive new floor covering throughout. It had something that resembled a plastic sheet on the back and looked like the perfect material for keeping damp at bay but in this circumstance it did the opposite and kept the damp in. No breathability and no vents in the entire house combined with an old seeping wall and  when the heating was turned up Mr Fungi jumped at the chance to take up residence. Once Dry Rot is established it starts sending out microscopic spores that fly around looking for food this then forms white strands that spread throughout the building called Hyphae (from the Greek Hypha/hyphus) meaning ‘web’ and it is from here when several strands of hyphae group together mycelium is formed. This then produces the recognisable fungi that we all know and love called Serpula Lacrymans that sends out more spores starting the process all over again. Whether you have dry rot in Mullingar, dry rot in Meath, dry rot in Dublin or dry rot in Cavan, Louth or Longford or you are just not sure what the damp problem is give us a call or drop us a line. We are timber care experts and we take care of all dry rot problems in Ireland

Typical Example of Dry Rot

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