Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are dry rot treatment specialists in Stockton on Tees, 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 our 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.


Specialist works are covered by long term guarantee by independent insurers.

Dry rot early signs

Noticing potential dry rot early is the best way to stop its spread before it causes too much damage. Luckily, there are plenty of early signs when it comes to wood fungus.

Often affected areas might not be visible, as the wood might be hidden away or the dry rot might be spreading under the flooring or behind walls. One of the earliest signs of dry rot is the smell.

Dry rot is caused by a fungus, so more often than not there will be a pungent, mushroom-like smell wafting through your property. This is one of the first indicators that you may need to apply a rotten wood treatment.

How to treat dry rot

Wood rot treatment is important because if dry rot is left untreated the structure of your house can become compromised.

Dry rot is caused by a wood fungus, and these fungal spores need damp and wet conditions in order to survive. They eat through damp wood and spread quickly to unaffected areas.

Any rotten wood treatment needs to remove the damp. If you take away the moist conditions, then the wood fungus struggles to survive and is unable to spread. This means isolating the cause of the damp and making sure it can’t return.

Any wood that has already been affected by dry rot and where fungal growths are evident needs to be completely removed and replaced. This is important for safety, as dry rot causes instability as the wood is eaten away.

If dry rot has been identified but has not spread, then other wooden supports in the building will still need to be treated with an anti-fungicide, a precaution that will help to stop any further dry rot returning.

As dry rot can spread into brickwork too, masonry dry rot treatment also needs to be applied. This usually involves applying chemicals and treating the brickwork with anti-fungicides, although this depends on the severity of the spread.


We serve all areas of County Durham & Teesside including...
  • Billingham
  • Redcar
  • Thornaby
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Durham
  • Peterlee
  • Sunderland
  • Gateshead
  • Hexham
  • South Shields
  • Yarm

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What causes dry rot?

Dry rot in timber is the result of wood fungus spores, which eat away at the timber when given the right conditions.

Dry rot can be said to be a product of the environment because the spores need damp conditions to become active. Wet and moist environments are a direct cause of dry rot and the leading reason for rotten wood.

Dry rot can be caused by a number of factors leading to damp conditions. It can be down to bad ventilation, heavy spillage that isn’t noticed or just isn’t cleaned up, or faulty appliances that leak into the floor or the walls.

How quickly does dry rot spread?

Just how quickly dry rot spreads can depend on a number of factors, the most important factor being the prevalent conditions in your property.

The wood fungus needs damp, moist conditions to grow. The more damp and wet that the fungus is, the quicker it’s going to spread. Fungal spores can germinate within a week, and from here your dry rot problem can get out of hand quickly if you don’t seek appropriate wood rot and masonry dry rot treatment in your building.

Given the right conditions, if damp and moisture spread, the wood fungus will spread with it rapidly and quickly.

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