Dry Rot

Dry Rot

H+R is an independent team of building professionals and surveying consultants with extensive expertise in carrying out dry rot surveys across the UK. With more than 30 years of experience, our expert staff have the knowledge and skills to deal with all forms of building investigation as well as remedial specification for buildings of any age.

If you are having problems with dry rot or any other forms of insect or fungal attacks that are causing the timber of the property to decay, we can provide highly effective and environmentally-friendly solutions to control and deal with the problem. We have the experience to work on both commercial and residential properties.

1 – Environmentally friendly dry rot remediation

We use a variety of non-destructive and minimally invasive survey techniques including our Rothounds® (specially trained air scenting search dogs who will detect active and inactive dry rot), fibre optics and other electronic precision instruments and monitoring techniques.

Our recommendations do not require the use of any chemical treatments, meaning we can save you a significant amount of money on remedial work.

2 – Detailed dry rot survey report and recommendations

Our dry rot survey report contains detailed information regarding the extent and causes of dry rot and timber decay in the property in question. Provided that any remedial work is undertaken in line with our specifications, H+R will provide a 30 year guarantee. Additionally, we are risk protected by professional indemnity insurance to give you extra peace of mind.

Our team of dry rot surveyors can make recommendations that centre around easy-to-implement environmental control measures designed to eliminate dry rot and timber decay issues from the building for good. These are straightforward building works techniques that can be implemented by a local competent builder or non-specialist contractor. Moisture ingress and distribution and ventilation levels in the building are dealt with in such a way as to minimise the conditions that allow dry rot and fungal and other timber decay organisms to thrive.

3 – Post-survey monitoring for long-term protection from dry rot

At H+R we strive to provide a service that allows you to maintain long-term protection from issues like dry rot. So after the treatment, we sometimes recommend installing the H+R Curator® monitoring system. This system allows the remote monitoring of issues like the moisture content of timber as well as the early detection of building defects.

We utilise powerful data from the monitoring system as a management tool for the planning of maintenance as well as for opportunities to lower insurance risk. This can enable our clients to save their money, material and time. For detailed information about one of H+R’s Dry Rot Case Studies, please click here.
Dry rot fruiting bodies growing on timber floor structure and masonryFor detailed information about one of H+R’s Dry Rot Case Studies, please click here.

Our team has more than 30 years’ practical and technical experience as dry rot surveyors, much of which was gained in the context of historic building conservation. Our expertise means we can offer in-house specialist conservation consultancy. This professional service is targeted at architects, surveyors, property owners and building contractors and includes:

  • Historical research, remedial specifications, bills of quantities, tender procurement

  • Liaison with statutory organisations and heritage conservation bodies

  • Conservation management plans

  • Restoration of historic and listed buildings, fixtures and fittings

If you are looking for expert guidance and advice for any dry rot or timber decay problems you may have with your property, H+R have the experience and knowledge to help. So please get in touch with our expert team in the East 01400 251169, North 01457 762145 or South 01483 203221, or email ei@handr.co.uk. We would be happy to talk to you about dry rot surveys or any of the other services that we provide.