Dry-Rot Outbreak and Treatment

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Damp and Timber Survey revealing severe Dry-Rot ( Serpula Lacrymans)

Damp and Timber Survey revealing severe Dry-Rot ( Serpula Lacrymans)

A report on our findings was sent to the client together with a quotation of costs.

During a Damp and Timber Survey, our Surveyor suspected a problem with the timber floor. Photos taken at random showed an outbreak of Dry-Rot Fungus.  (Latin name Serpula Lacryman)

Our surveyor requested to lift the carpets completely where the  fungus was noted to have spread across the floor.

Dry-Rot identified on timber floor.

Dry-Rot identified on timber floor.

Of course any treatment wouldn’t be successful unless the cause  was established and rectified.  After carrying out an extensive inspection to determine the cause of dampness, it was found that an internal drainpipe was the culprit!

 

A few days later we received a call to say the client had fallen through the floor!

Floor damage caused by Dry-Rot

Floor damage caused by Dry-Rot

 

Further exposure showed the Dry-Rot was travelling along the wall meaning we had to remove the plaster to find the extent of damage.  Dry-Rot is a secretive fungus and has the ability to travel undetected behind wall plaster.  ( Note the internal drainpipe)

 

Plaster removed to find extent of Dry-Rot

Plaster removed to find extent of Dry-Rot

 

 

A report was compiled and sent to the customer together with a quotation of our costs.  The client agreed and work started almost immediately in order to prevent further damage from occurring. After the clients own contractors had repaired the drain-pipe, we dug up the solid floor, only to find the pipe was directed across the floor .

 

The cause of the Dry-Rot was a leaking internal drainpipe

Drainpipe buried in solid floor

 

Investigation showed a pipe to be buried in the floor was leaking causing the outbreak of Dry-Rot

Investigation showed a pipe to be buried in the floor was leaking causing the outbreak of Dry-Rot

The affected timbers and solid floor were then bagged up and sealed to prevent cross contamination before being taken to our designated waste disposal site.  The wall and oversite were treated with a fungicidal solution.

The Client’s son relaid the floor and we were happy to give a long term guarantee against the re-occurrence of the Dry-Rot.

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