Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are dry rot treatment experts in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. 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 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 experts

Dry rot experts will be able to rapidly determine which type of wood fungus is affecting your timbers, and they’ll be able to prescribe an effective rotten wood treatment to halt the spread of detrimental spores and fungus throughout your household.

This is important work, if left untreated dry rot spreads through walls and floors. Dry rot experts will attack the underlying causes, drying out wood that is damp or removing areas that are already too far gone and have become unsafe.

Dry rot experts will also be able to provide masonry dry rot treatment to tackle spores that can be transferred within brick or stone walls.

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 wood rot treatment, can become unstable leading to a potentially dangerous lack of structural integrity.


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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.

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.

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