Timber Treatment a must for most older properties
Timber treatment is necessary for most older properties that are constructed using a large amount of timber, up to 75% of the entire structure. It pays, therefore, to look after it and safeguard against any seriously harmful wood decayers and destroyers. The three main culprits are dry rot, wet rot and woodworm and each can cause varying degrees of damage.
Dry rot is of the most destructive conditions that can affect a property. It spreads quickly and can devastate timbers from underfloor battens to roof joists, potentially compromising the structural integrity of the property. The cause? Too much moisture in wood, perhaps from leaking pipes, wet window sills from condensation, rain water penetration or water ingress; any constant exposure to water. Dry rot is a fungus and spreads quickly and rapidly, literally devouring timber, its food source. Without a doubt, it is one of the most worrying hazards of property ownership and vital to have remedied without delay.
Indications of dry rot are wood turning dry, brown and discoloured, brittle; shrunk, darkened and cracked; silky grey skin (hyphae) or strands (yellow or lilac) develop which can be peeled off; white, fluffy cotton wool-like mycelium; fruiting bodies with soft and fleshy surfaces with spores; a pungent damp odour. If you are aware of any of these in your property, call LDS today on 0800 0148 023 and we can identify the real problem before putting your mind at ease with our maximum effect treatment.
Wet rot is a more commonly found rot in buildings and is a collective term for several types of white rots and brown rots, all of which survive and thrive in very high moisture areas. They grow extremely close to the water source which usually occurs as a result of defects with the original build, rising damp or lateral damp penetration. Often found under floorboards, wet rot presents itself by way of a damp and musty smell, floorboards with a spongy, springy feel and swollen and misshapen structural timbers. Less destructive than dry rot, wet rot absolutely needs to be stopped in its tracks before permeating a large section of your property.
Woodworm is another collective term for several species of wood-boring insects whose larvae infest timber. Eggs are laid on the surface of timber which when hatch burrow into the wood and live off the timber for many years. It is a cyclical process which needs to be broken and completely eradicated as any number of wood-boring insects can pose a big threat to a wooden structure. If you have seen tiny bore holes in your floorboards and woodwork, accompanied by dusty residue, or crumbling edges to joinery, woodworm may be at work.
Timber Treatment is more that just spraying your timbers
London Damp Specialist are experts at identifying, treating and permanently eliminating all sources of wood rot. Following our thorough survey, and depending on the diagnosis, we may recommend such treatment as:
- Remove and discard any damaged timber;
- Treat remaining and new timber with a dry rot resistant solution and borate wood preservative;
- Stop root of moisture ingress and prevent a reoccurrence;
- Apply timber preservative to all affected surfaces to stop woodworm larvae from hatching and reinfesting timbers.
London Damp Specialist only use market-approved solutions and our methods of dealing with wood rot are highly effective. All our work will be carried out professionally and quickly, and with minimum disruption and maximum effect, leaving you with a home rid of rot and long-term peace of mind with our 30-year watertight guarantee. Call us today on 0800 0148 023 if you have any rot-related worries.