Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

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

Causes of dry rot

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

Dry rot usually occurs at a low moisture content level 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 can multiply and spread quickly throughout the moisture-affected parts of the wood and damp enclosed spaces.

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

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, which can mean 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 is wet rot and dry rot?

Wet rot and dry rot are two similar forms of wood fungus that both cause the deterioration of timber. But there are some fundamental differences. Both types of timber decay are caused by presence of moisture content in wood, damp conditions or wet environment in a building.

Wet rot requires much higher levels of moisture than dry rot. Because it needs such a high level of damp to occur, wet rot is usually easier to spot, for example, you’ll quickly spot a flood in your home.

Dry rot, however, can be little harder to spot, as it can occur with much lower levels of moisture content and it can be hidden beneath flooring or behind walls.

How does dry rot start?

Dry rot starts when it’s given the wet, moist or damp environment that it needs to flourish. Dry rot is a type of wood fungus and its fungal spores are ever-present in the atmosphere, which means that dry rot can start easily.

If your plumbing leaks or if you don’t adequately ventilate your house or commercial property, then it’s easy for damp to form and for the wood to become a breeding ground for wood fungus.

Dry rot spores can also be transferred through brick and stone walls, so it can start to take hold after passing through the walls in your home from the outside.

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