The main rafter at the university of Glasgow was affected by dry rot and had to be repaired and treated.
ADPC Property Care

Dry rot in timber solved

We have also acted a consultant or as contractors to treat dry rot and repair buildings

Call – nigel for help

07831 142223

About Us


We have been carrying out timber conservation work for many years in properties ranging from Homes, Churches, University buildings and Museums in Scotland.

Due to our broad range of building repair work services, we can offer unique solutions to difficult problems.

Combined with our 30 years’ experience in dealing with dry rot (Serpula Lacrymans) infections in building timbers.  In the 1990’s started the major change in the timber preservation industry, with the usage of Boron as a timber treatment in buildings.  This allowed us for the first time to be able to treat active dry rot in damp timber, and this major change reduced the amount of timber removal and saved, countless historic cornices.  The mythical 1m cut back in timber is due to inferior quality preservatives being used, and lack of education.

The key to treating dry rot is removing the source of water responsible, combined with an investigation of the timbers to find the extent of the fungal infection, then repair.

Dry rot was found in the timber beam and the floor joists
The timber beam and joists were repaired due to a dry rot infection in the timbers due to penetrating damp.
The photo show how dry rot affected joists and the Bressummer beam were repaired. The cornice work and brandering of a lath and plaster ceiling in the flat below was saved.

some of our joinery & buildings Service


Dry rot

Dry rot in timber is a misleading name as a water supply is required for dry rot fungus to live in timber, it can only survive or spread in an area of dampness and a wood source. It normally prefers large dimension timbers as they give a more stable environment for the fungal infection to grow. It can become dormant due to the lack of water from 1 to 9 years. this period is temperature dependent.



Wet rot

Wet rot is a generic term used to define a variety of fungal species, such as the cellar fungus Coniophora puteana and the mine fungus Fibroporia vaillantii. As with dry rot the key is removing the water supply. unlike dry rot it does not have a minigful ability to spread through lime masonry is limited. After which structural repairs will need to be carried out.



timbersafe lintel

A timbersafe is formed out of a large section of timber (5″ x 9″) which is normally a ruff sawn softwood and is commonly installed in traditional buildings, at the internal side of a window, door opening or press cupboard, and is mostly surrounded by masonry. This type of softwood lintel is often found at the centre of a dry rot infection as it can create a stable damp environment for the fungus to survive in.



Epoxy resin timber repairs

In using structural epoxy resin, we can connect new timber to structural timbers i.e., bressummer beams, using steel rod inserted into the timber to creating a structural connection, therefore saving damage to the building and reducing cost to the client.



bresummer beam

A Bressummer Beam is a large structural support timber in traditional buildings.  Often found over bay windows or other big openings in traditional buildings.  It can have numerous floor joists and/or rafters connected to it.  Due to the large size of the timber, Its bearing end can often be a focal point of a dry rot outbreak.




Penetrating damp is moisture that penetrates through the external building envelope, often because of; leaking roofs or water carrying pipework, blocked or damaged guttering, defects in the wall structure etc.  It is a common cause of dry rot in the structural timbers in contact with the damp areas.



It is important to carry out a good investigation and communicate the issues to a client.


Excellent service quick responses and explained the work required up front and was finished to a very high standard.

David Montgomery

ADPC were thorough and highly professional. A truly skilled tradesman, Nigel saw the big picture, not only concentrating on his own job, but using his experience to understand why and how problems had occurred in our home and helping to fix them and offering advice on how to go forward. Ours was a fairly large job lasting two months. He and his team worked consistently hard and were a pleasure to have in the house, being respectful at all times of keeping the mess to a minimum. I believe ADPC were good value for money and helped with the tendering process to ensure that I employed only expert professionals for off shoots of his work. I would highly recommend Nigel and his team.

Alex Black

Amazing work by ADPC Property Care. Thorough survey to explore causes of damp – Nigel explained everything in detail and in a way we could understand. Tremendously high standard of work, showing us what they were doing (and why) at each stage. Excellent finish – very professional (and exceedingly tidy workers). Nigel and team are now my first choice for all property work. Rarely find such a trustworthy and professional company. Highly recommended.

Mark McLauchlan

This shows dry rot affected floor joist ends being repaired repairs.

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This will allow us to understand the type of construction and its environment.

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