Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are dry rot treatment specialists in Ilkley, West 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 our dry rot treatments in Ilkley 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.

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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.

Causes of dry rot

Dry rot is caused by a fungi called ‘Serpula lacrymans’ and is the most serious form of fungal decay in a building. These wood destroying fungi are attracted to damp or moist wood.

Dry rot occurs at low moisture content of around 20% to 30% which provide the perfect habitat for these microscopic fungal spores to thrive in roofs, underfloor areas or behind wall fabrics that have poor ventilation.

The dry rot fungi will then multiply and spread quickly throughout the moisture-affected parts of the wood and damp enclosed spaces.

This type of wood rot in homes can be caused by poor ventilation, defective gutters, spillages from appliances, plumbing and masonry leaks inside your building property.

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 moist 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.


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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. When exposed to light, the dry rot fungus appears to have a lemony or yellowish tinge look to it.

Dry rot will resemble something like white or grey cotton wool across the surface of the wood but will look mushroom-like fruiting body which reddish brown colour.

The dry rot tends to turn a brown colour and is dark in appearance. The wood fungus then causes the wood to crumble or leave deep cracks. The affected wood may break and become brittle, as the fungus spreads and eats through the timber.

How to stop dry rot

It’s important to know how to stop dry rot, in order to prevent it from spreading through your house. Leaving your timbers for too long before applying a wood rot treatment can lead to the wood fungus that causes dry rot eating through important structural supports. In a worst-case scenario, dry rot can even cause a building to collapse.

The best way to stop the spread of dry rot is to remove the damp and wet environment that the wood fungus spores need to survive. Get rid of the moisture and the fungus can’t live.

This means identifying what the reason for the damp is, and fixing it.
Visible dry rot needs to be removed entirely. Rotten wood treatment involves cutting out affected areas and then treating non-affected areas with anti-fungicide to stop any spread of the spores further into a building.

A masonry dry rot treatment is also important because spores can travel through and live in the brickwork before latching onto the wood.

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