Timber can become moist for a variety of reasons. Among the most common reasons are the following: leaking washing machines, shower trays, baths, and condensation
. External sources of dampness can also be a problem; leaking roofs, for example, rising damp
, and penetrating damp
are all external sources of moisture that can lay the groundwork for dry rot to take hold. Whatever the source of the moisture, if it is combatted and allowed to dry out, the dry rot infestation will eventually come under control. It should be noted that dry rot draws moisture from the colonised timber and can transfer this moisture to adjacent unaffected timber to create the appropriate damp conditions for growth.