There are no instances where a D.I.Y solution is advisable for this problem. Dry rot is often referred as the silent killer of properties.
Great care should be taken that spores are no transmitted from infected sites to unaffected areas and a simple precaution is to use a disinfectant wipe on shoes after leaving a suspected area.
Found in older properties or sometimes in newer properties where penetrating dampness occurs. Dry rot is distinguishable by it appearance and its effect on timber when effected. The effected timbers will resemble a burnt timber in appearance and will simply disintegrate when disturbed. The fungus itself will spread over the effected area resembling a spiders web with strands of white protruding from the centre.. The spores once established can travel up to 18 metres passing through walls and masonry to find new material to consume.
It is often found on walls behind plasterboards and below floor levels on timber joists.
Treatments are radical and consist of the total stripping back of the effected area.
- Stripping continues until there is over 1 metre of clean unaffected material exposed.
- All infected materials are carefully bagged in sealed bags before being dispatched to landfill.
- The walls/ block work and substrates are then liberally sprayed with an anti fungal spray to eradicate any hidden spores.
- Timber joists which need to be re instated are covered at exposed ends in bitumen material before being replaced in their new locations.
- All new and the freshly exposed timbers are treated before the works of re instatement can begin.
In time the water usage within a property could be reduced by up to 80 % LEAVING only the mains water for cooking and kitchen use.