Timber Decay Treatment Experts

Dry Rot Problem? Act fast.

Danford Brewer & Ives are dry rot treatment specialists in York, 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 York 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.

Identifying dry rot

Identifying dry rot is the first step towards treating and then removing it, and there are many signs and symptoms that affected areas will begin to display.

The fungal spores that cause dry rot might be visible on affected areas once they have grown. This can cause your house to have a peculiar, mushroom-like smell, which might get worse as the fungus spreads.

The fungus can look almost like a layer of skin on the wood, while affected timbers will shrink and darken as the fungus eats through it. Wood then becomes brittle and slowly begins to crumble.

As the fungus further devours the wood, it will eventually crack, break and, if left too long before a wood rot treatment is applied, can even simply turn to dust.

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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What is dry rot?

Dry rot is a destructive form of wood fungus that thrives in damp and wet conditions. It can eat its way through timbers in houses and buildings.
Despite its name, dry rot isn’t actually dry. It requires moisture in order to be active and to spread.

The name comes from the fact that in the past, dry rot was the term used to describe the fungus that would affect dry wood as opposed to wet wood. In this instance, dry wood was timber that had been cut and prepared for use, whereas wet wood was wood that had been freshly chopped.

Dry rot spreads rapidly given the right conditions and, unfortunately, dry rot spores are ever-present in the environment. Dry rot goes through different stages as it finds the right conditions, from spore through to mushroom. Effective rotten wood treatment is needed to remove the threat that wood fungus poses to timber.

What is dry rot in timber?

Timber is the name given to different types of wood that have been cut and prepared as a construction material for building. Almost all houses and buildings will make use of some form of timber, meaning that given damp and wet conditions, most properties can be susceptible to dry rot.

Dry rot in the timber will see the wood being eaten through by the fungus, as the spores activate and then devour the material.

Dry rot easily spreads from timber to timber if given the correct conditions, and you will need to enact an effective wood rot treatment quickly to counter the spread.

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