Timber Specialist

Appointing a qualified timber specialist if the best way to find the source of your rot problem is key to making sure it is dealt with effectively.

The main cause of rot is moisture in timbers and if you suspect you have dry rot you should appoint a qualified timber specialist. Wood destroying fungus feed off this moisture and as a result visible signs of dry rot or wet rot damage appear on the affected timber. Wet and Dry rot spores will only develop and take hold of timbers if the environmental conditions are correct.

In order to prevent rot it is essential that you fix ventilation issues and damp problems, such as rising damp, penetrating damp and condensation as they are the main causes of excessive moisture within a property, and also instruct a qualified timber specialist.

How Rot Develops

Dry rot spores are always present in the atmosphere. Once they land on timber, they will germinate and produce hyphae (fine strands of fungal growth), if in the correct environmental conditions. These hyphae strands join together to form a mass called Mycelium which can vary in colour from grey to pure white, and these strands grow into and across the damp wood. It can also grow into materials such as plaster, mortars, bricks etc… in it’s search more timber.

Timber Specialist

My name is Kevin Reid BSc ISSE, owner of City Damp Surveys, and I am a PCA trained damp and timber specialist surveyor specialising in historic London residential properties. I am a member of The Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers. I hold a four year Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences. To date, I have surveyed over 4,500 residential and commercial properties in the Greater London area for damp and timber issues. I am fully insured and am covered by £100,000 PII insurance.

I am totally independent and have no links to any damp proofing companies or any damp proofing trade groups.

We charge from £149 to local London locations for a full damp and timber  survey with report. *

* Prices are slightly higher to different locations.
We are located in Barnes (SW14) so surveys in North and East London are typically £50 higher than the prices quoted above.

When the growth is advanced a fruiting body (Sporophore) may develop. This fruiting body takes the form of a “fleshy pancake”, the surface of which is orange/ochre coloured. A large numbers of spores generate from the centre of the fruiting body, under still conditions, and form the red “dust” often visible where there is a significant attack of dry rot.

 For more information: timberspecialist.co.uk

Signs of Dry Rot

Dry rot can be problematic to any property so it is essential that you identify signs of dry rot before further damage is done. If you notice the following then it could indicate a dry rot problem:

  • Distinct mushroom smell
  • White fungal growth with yellow and lilac tinges
  • Deep cracks appear within the wood
  • Both soft and hardwood timbers can be damaged
Image of Dry Rot sporophore
If you have found signs of rot please contact me, Kevin Reid BSc ISSE, timber specialist and I can help.
Signs of Wet Rot

Wet rot in timber can cause issues with the structure of a property making it essential that you identify signs of wet rot before further damage is done. If you notice the following you may have a wet rot problem:

  • Distortion, discolouration, softness and cracking
  • Loss of strength to the timber
  • Visible fungal growth – this may sometimes occur
  • Smell – there may be a damp musty smell

We provide totally honest independent timber surveys.

To contact is please email us at kevin@citydampsurveys.co.uk –  or give us a call.

We will respond with 10 minutes.

Tel 07949763671

We are available from 930am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

City Damp Surveys

London House

42 Upper Richmond Road West

Putney SW14 8DD