Problem

Dry rot of wood

Nature:

Spread by airborne spores which settle on damp wood in badly ventilated rooms. The mycelia of the fungus Serpula lacrymans can grow through bricks, mortar and wood. Infected wood turns dull brown and breaks up in cube shapes. The rot may travel over 2 metres a year, causing major structural damage to buildings. It tends to occur where there has been flooding, rising damp or leaking plumbing.

Incidence:

In the UK, it has been estimated that 25% of houses have either dry rot or wet rot.

Broader Problems:
Wood rots
Aggravates:
Structural failure
Values:
Rot
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
08.05.2019 – 19:02 CEST