What does 'Dry Rot' mean when buying a property?
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The possibility of dry rot is very common due to the amount of timber used in both old and new buildings. It can be found anywhere in the property but the most common places are:
- In the roof (suggesting a leaking roof).
- In bathrooms (suggesting poor seals around shower trays, baths, etc.).
- In the kitchen (suggesting leaking washing machine or sink).
- in the beams that hold the lowest floor (usually to be found with rising damp)
Generally treatment should be carried out immediately as dry rot can spread throughout a property and cause major damage.
If dry rot is flagged in your survey a specialist is needed to ascertain the cost (a surveyor is not a Dry Rot specialist and so should not suggest costs). Bear in mind that the surveyor will only "suggest" there "might be" dry rot - only a specialist can confirm it and confirm the extent of the issue.
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