Dry Rot

Dry rot fungus destroys the Cellulose in timbers which then poses a huge threat to the integrity of the structural timbers in your property and can cause serious safety issues, it is thought of as of the most serious type of timber decay as it reduces timber to a dry and crumbly consistency and therefore requires immediate analysis by a damp and timber surveyor, for fungal decay to begin it requires water to penetrate this increasing the moisture content to above 22% which allows bacteria and microfungi to colonise in the wood this resulting in the partial breakdown of the cell structure.

Wet Rot

Work rot is a general term used to describe the majority of fungal species responsible for timber decay, where are several species of wet rot fungus but all require of moisture content in wood between 40% and 60% this is commonly caused in wood exposed to damp conditions for prolonged periods of time, wet rot fungi whilst generally not as destructive as dry rot can nevertheless cause severe damage if left untreated and is a common cause of structural defects.

Woodworm

Woodworm is a collective name for the number of species of wood boring insects and the term woodworm actually refers to the insect that bores through the timber, the active Life cycle of the woodworm species can vary from one year to fourteen years, UK damp proofing can carry out a professional survey on the timbers where accessible and provide a detailed report for woodworm eradication.
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