Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are dry rot treatment experts in Darlington, County Durham. A dry rot survey will be carried out by our own PCA Qualified surveyors to ensure the right treatment is applied to the dry rot infected area. We are here to help you by accurately identifying the cause of the dry rot problem as well as recommending the most effective solution to treat the infected area. All dry rot treatments in County Durham are backed by meaningful long term guarantees giving you complete peace of mind.

Dry rot is wood decay caused by low moisture levels within a building, commonly from poor ventilation below the floor, dampness, water leaks etc. The dry rot is a result of wood destroying fungi species that attacks and weakens unprotected timbers that have been affected by damp.


Dry rot is different from wet rot in the sense that it can travel through a building taking its own moisture supply, and can travel between plaster and brick work as well as wood. Dry rot can cause severe damage if it is not treated.

Treating Dry Rot

Treating dry rot can be quite disruptive, as locating the causing source may require floor boards to be taken up or walls to be opened up. All affected timbers will need to be removed and the damp areas will have to be dried out thoroughly.

Whilst these measures are similar to treating wet rot, dry rot treatment often needs more. If any masonry has had contact with the dry rot, they will need treating with chemicals either as a spray or an injection, as will the surrounding timbers.

Although treating both dry and wet rot can seem very disruptive, it is necessary to rectify the problems to stop any further and perhaps lasting damage. Danford Brewer & Ives will strive to make sure the job is completed as quickly and hassle free as possible.




Complete the enquiry form below or call us directly to discuss your damp or timber problem. On this call, we will arrange to visit you and survey your property. There is a small fee for the site survey, which will be confirmed on the call. If you proceed with the full works, this fee is refundable against any further works carried out.



One of our qualified team will visit your property at an agreed time and date. We will assess the problem and determine the best solution. Once we understand the root cause of the problem we can creat a suitable plan to fix it. Following the site survey we will provide you with a written report and quotation.



Once you are happy for the works to proceed we will then arrange a convenient time and date with you to carry out the specialist works as per the quotation. Most specialist works are usually completed within a couple of days and involve minimal disruption. Our team will keep you fully up to date on the works progress during this time.

after care


In order for the guarantee to be activated all of the specialist works need to be signed off. A comprehensive checklist will be completed and signed off by both our team & yourself to make sure you are fully satisfied with the works. Following the sign off, where appropriate, the works can be fully guaranteed.

BACKED BY GUARANTEESpecialist works are covered by long term by independent insurers.

Consequences of Dry Rot

Dry rot is caused by a wood fungus that is attracted to damp or moist timbers. If you fail to apply effective rotten wood treatment quickly, then the consequences can be dire.

The wood fungus essentially eats its way through the damp wood, which gives the appearance that the wood is rotting away.

As a living fungus, dry rot can quickly spread through a household, as it needs constant nourishment. On a practical level, this means that wooden supports and timbers, if left without any dry rot treatment, can become unstable leading to a potentially dangerous lack of structural integrity.

Dry rot treatments

Once dry rot has been identified, it’s incredibly important that any rotten wood treatment is applied extremely quickly, as the spread of the wood fungus needs to be halted to ensure your building is safe to live in.

Wood rot treatment usually aims to eliminate the conditions that help the wood fungus to thrive, thus causing dry rot. This means removing affected wood and timbers from the structure, by taking up the flooring or making the inside of walls accessible in order to dry them out or replace them entirely.

Masonry dry rot treatment also needs to be applied to the brickwork, as it can be affected too and can carry fungal spores. This is usually a chemical treatment.


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What does dry rot look like?

Dry rot can look different depending on the extent of the growth of the fungus and how much damage it has caused. While dry rot spores are themselves invisible, you can see the dry rot as it grows into a more fungus-like substance on the timber.

Dry rot will appear to spread like a sort of cling-film across the surface of the wood but will look very mushroom-like at the same time.

The dry rot tends to turn a brown colour and is dark in appearance. The wood fungus then causes the wood to crack, if you do not apply any wood rot treatment to the timber. The wood can break and become brittle, as the fungus spreads and eats through the timber.

What does dry rot smell like?

One of the earliest indicators that you have dry rot in your house is the distinctive smell that dry rot produces if you don’t begin a wood rot treatment.

Dry rot is caused by fungal spores, so once these spores become active, they begin to grow into mushroom-like substances that are visible on the surface of the wood.

Wood fungus also produces a mushroom-like smell, which you will notice wafting through your house or when you are close to the walls. Stay alert to damp, earthy smells, and if you suspect you might be smelling mushrooms, then call a dry rot specialist to carry out rotten wood treatment and masonry dry rot treatment.