Mushrooms belong on your plate, not your walls. Watching the rapid spread of dry rot, a fungal growth, through your building can be a shock and somewhat worrying.
Dry rot can be highly damaging to the timber structure of a building. The spores of dry rot germinate in the pores of the timber, resulting in vegetation that feeds on the timber before spreading to produce a fruiting body. This fruiting body will release more spores, and the cycle will continue.
The timber structure will shrink and crack, become brittle, and take on a darker colour. These signs are also typical of wet rot – the difference is that with dry rot, the shrinking of the timber will create cuboidal cracking. The depth of this cracking is more significant in dry rot than in wet.
Dry rot usually migrates behind plastered and rendered walls in search of more timber. Thus it also damages the masonry within the property, not just the timber.
If you are suspicious of dry rot infecting the timber in your property, you must get it confirmed and treated as soon as possible, as dry rot can spread from house to house and rapidly eat away at the very foundation and structure of a property.
A survey carried out by Garratt’s Damp & Timber will diagnose the problem and put together a treatment plan that will eradicate the problem quickly and permanently.