Dry Rot Skirting board – a first floor flat of a mid terrace Victorian property in London
Cause of Damp
The London flat had been tenanted and in the sales process a RICS surveyor correctly identified dry rot as a potential risk. The remit was to determine risks and costs.
Background the dry rot is under the bay window on the cold north side of the building.
There were traces of damp running off the window.
The dry rot is no longer active, the supporting timber below was undamaged.
No chemical treatment is required.
Aesthetically it’s better to replace the damaged skirting board.
Preventative measures should be put in place to reduce the humidity, such keeping a window open.