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Firstcall Trade Services is part of the award winning Firstcall Group, with over 30 years experience serving Scotland within the All Trades building services industry.
Based just outside of Edinburgh City Centre, we are the leading Dry Rot experts in your area, serving the whole of the central belt, including;
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy, and the surrounding areas.
Both wet rot and dry rot can cause structural defects in buildings. Not only is it unsightly and destructive but it is also extremely unhealthy. In order to grow, wet rot and dry rot requires a regular source of moisture.
It can grow at an alarming rate in certain conditions. Dry rot and wet rot are usually caused by dampness, running water, blocked drain pipes, damage to stone pointing, poor ventilation and bad maintenance or a combination of these conditions.
When excess moisture is allowed to penetrate timber, it can allow fungal spores to germinate and grow, this leads to the breakdown of the timber.
One of the most common questions surrounding rot is the difference between Wet Rot and Dry Rot. Whilst both are responsible for the rotting of timbers through fungal decay, they both have very different characteristics. Dry rot is caused by serpula lacrymans and is the more serious of the two forms of fungal decay. It can spread and cause destruction to most of the timber in a property, creating a distinct mushroom-y smell and appearing with white fungal growth tinged with yellow and lilac and can create deep cracks within both soft and hardwoods.
Wet Rot (Coniophora Puteana) is more common yet less serious and typically confined to the area where timber has become wet. There is usually a discolouration of the timber, with softness and cracking and a loss of strength. It can sometimes result in visible fungal growth and a damp musty smell.
The characteristics of dry rot depend on its stage of development. Dry rot flourishes in damp inadequately ventilated conditions, so it will most often be found in enclosed hard-to-reach areas such as under floorboards, behind skirting boards and door frames/casings. As these areas are often unseen, it is often the case that the wood rot has already progressed into an advanced state when detected; therefore, it is essential to identify the issue at its earliest opportunity. Our trained surveyors & technicians will: