Buildings of all ages can be affected by Dry Rot and Wet Rot. This fungal decay is found in timber which has been wet for some time. As well as having the fungal decay treated it is essential that the source of dampness is located and eradicated.
It has the ability to pass through inert material to spread to other timbers. The mature fruiting bodies of wood-destroying fungi that develop during an attack produce millions of microscopic spores and these are widely dispersed by air currents.
Falling on untreated timber they will germinate to form a mass of hyphal threads called mycelium. Dry Rot affects timbers which are exposed to damp conditions and where there is a general lack of ventilation.
Externally exposed timber, timber in contact with wet soil or masonry, or timber subject to a damp atmosphere can all suffer from fungal attack.