Dry Rot

Control dry rot and timber decay with environmentally friendly solutions from H+R

If you have identified dry rot and timber decay in your home, commercial property or heritage building, Hutton + Rostron should be your first port of call. We can provide expert information, advice and effective treatment for dry rot that is also environmentally friendly. Having been involved in surveying older and historic buildings since 1985, we offer specialist solutions to help the treatment of dry rot and other forms of fungal and insect decay in any building. With the help of our environmentally friendly methods for the control of fungal decay and insect attack, as well as building monitoring systems, we can effectively treat any immediate problems and ensure long-term protection.

The advantages of environmentally friendly dry rot treatment

First, we conduct a non-destructive survey of your property using our Rothounds® (search dogs trained to detect active dry rot), fibre optics and a range of other electronic measurement and monitoring techniques. Our rates for treating dry rot are very competitive, and because our recommendations do not include chemical treatment, your expenditure on remedial work will be reduced.

Following the survey, we will provide a report containing information on the extent and causes of dry rot and timber decay in your building. With our recommendations for simple environmental control measures, you can rid your building of dry rot and timber decay problems, both now and in the future. We will also provide a guarantee against timber decay for 30 years for the entire building, provided that the work is carried out to our specifications. For your peace of mind, we are backed by professional indemnity insurance.

Our recommendations typically consist of building techniques of the kind that can be carried out by a local builder or put out for competitive tender to non-specialist contractors. The aim is to deal with moisture ingress and distribution and ventilation levels in your building in such a way as to eliminate the conditions that timber decay organisms need to flourish to create dry rot and other fungal problems.

Monitoring your building once dry rot has been treated

Once the treatment of dry rot has been implemented, our H+R Curator® system can be installed. This enables parameters such as the moisture content of timber and other materials to be remotely monitored to allow building failures or defects to be detected and diagnosed at an early stage. These post-treatment monitoring systems are a new and powerful tool for the maintenance and management of buildings, their occupants and contents. With the benefit of the information thus gleaned, insurance risks (and premiums) may be reduced. What’s more, it provides a solid basis for maintenance planning and enables building professionals and property owners to save on time, materials and expense.

Specialist conservation advice

H+R also provides in-house Resurgam® conservation consultancy, which is based on over 25 years of practical and technical experience in the study and conservation of historic buildings and sites. The services are made available to architects, surveyors, contractors and building owners including liaising with statutory and heritage bodies, preparing conservation plans, consultancy on the restoration of historic buildings and their fixtures and fittings and historical research, together with remedial specifications, bills of quantities and tender procurement.

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