Dry and Wet Rot Treatment - RTS Southern, Petersfield, Hampshire
Timber Decay and Insect Attack
Timber decay arises as a result of severe dampness, and is potentially the most destructive agent within
any building. Decay by wet rot fungi such as the cellar fungus, Coniophora puteana, tends to remain
localised to the source of dampness and is restricted to the wood itself. if left unchecked it frequently
causes joist ends and other bearing timbers to collapse, for examples, where the joist ends are embedded in
However, infection by the true dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans, can be far more destructive within
a building than the wet rots, due to its ability to grow through and across substrates such as brickwork and
plaster. This allows the fungus to contaminate other timbers within the building so spreading the extent of
decay and destruction. Unfortunately, dry rot is rather 'secretive' in its activity, preferring stagnant,
humid conditions. Hence, when it is discovered the damage it has caused is frequently very extensive.
The obvious answer to fungal decay is to stop the timbers getting wet. But there are other essential works to
be undertaken to protect not only new wood being installed but to effect proper protection to those timbers
remaining. Similarly, it is essential to prevent further infestation by wood-boring insects and to control
and eradicate then quickly and expediently.
Antel manufacture and supply a comprehensive range of timber preservatives to specialist professional
contractors. These products have been carefully formulated and approved for use by the experienced professional
to ensure maximum protection against further activity by both wood-destroying fungi and wood-boring insects.
Indeed, the Antel range of wood preservatives incorporate some of the most effective fungicides and
Each formulation has been designed according to the use to which it is to be put, water and solvent based
material for surface protection and 'pastes' for maximum penetration into the wood, where it is essential to
effect a high proportion of control in the quickest time thus to minimise any ongoing activity.
Environmental considerations are most important in the selection of the biocides used in
each formulation. Antel has selected biocides that are not only highly effective but also reduce the
environmental risk that is always associated with any biocide. thus, the approved contractor will be
assured of both the efficacy of the preservative and very importantly, the minimising of risks associated
with their use, especially in the domestic environment.
Examples of Work Completed
The Square, Westbourne, West Sussex.
Works carried out:
- Support structure throughout course of works and removing upon completion.
- Taking down side 'bowed' brickwork elevation and setting aside brickwork for re-use.
- Carry out deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum) and dry rot (Serpula lacramans) eradication treatment.
- Reinstate original brickwork and decorate to finish.
CELLAR FUNGI (Wet Rot)