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Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2HD

Rot and Timber Decay

Fungal Decay is a generic term for wood rot such as dry rot and wet rot.

Dry Rot

Dry Rot is the worst type of threat to the structure of your home.

The fungus grows and forms a mass whose strands can spread over two metres through masonry, walls and under floors.

Signs of Dry Rot

These include shrinkage or cracking in the timbers. Sometimes the appearance of a rust-brown dust which can be traced to a growth that looks like a mushroom.


Unless treated immediately, Dry Rot, which can remain active for years, can lead to structural collapse.

Wet Rot

Wet Rot is often mistaken for Dry Rot. Signs are similar but Wet Rot is not as destructive.

It can only occur in excessively damp situations. Treatment of Wet Rot is similar to that of Dry Rot but far less disruptive.

Causes of Fungal Decay

All fungi thrive on moisture whose source can be Rising Damp, Penetrating Damp or Condensation. It is vital to identify the source of damp and eradicate it.

Survey and Report

Our qualified surveyors can provide detailed reports identifying the type of rot or decay and the correct repair and treatment method with work by directly employed and trained staff.


As PCA members we have qualified Timber, Damp and Waterproofing surveyors, CSRT and CSSW qualified. This membership and qualification are accepted by all lending sources.


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