Property Care Services
Damp, Rot and Woodworm Services
Damp and timber issues can affect both residential and commercial properties. The most important part of the process of treating the timber and damp issue the identifying the property care problem. Rising damp and penetrating damp do have similar signs to each other so it is essential that you contact a qualified property care expert to inspect your home to ensure that the correct treatments are carried out.
Damp problems are particularly common in older housing as the original damp protection has been damaged or has not been implemented. One of the causes for rising damp to occur in your building is for you to have a damaged damp proof course as there is no barrier to protect the moisture from rising up the wall. Condensation occurs from heavy levels of warm moisture laden air in your property that cannot escape from the property and lands onto a cold surface. The common sign of condensation is droplets of water left on windows and windowsills and black spot mould. Penetrating usually when there is heavy rainfall and if you have damaged rainwater goods the water can penetrate through the walls of your property. This will leave damp patches in the interior of the property which can lead to further problems such as dry rot and wet rot.
Dry rot and Wet Rot
Dry rot and wet rot is a wood-rotting fungus that occurs when damp has affected the timber and the moisture content has exceeded over 20%. Both wood rot fungus can usually be found where is poorly ventilated areas such as under floorboards. Dry rot is the most dangerous form of property care issue that can cause serious damage to your building if left untreated for a long period of time. Wet rot can cause damage to your property but it is not as destructive as dry rot. However, wet rot is much more likely to occur on your property and it can be hard to notice as wet rot can be found in hard to reach places. To treat wet rot the first procedure is to extract the moisture from its source and to make sure the area around the timber is dried out.
Woodworm is a general term for wood boring insects and there are many different types of woodworm beetle species that can affect your property. Woodworm beetles are the most prominent during the months from April to September. This type of property care problem is affecting a number of properties across the UK are being affected by this issue. Providing an early identification of the woodworm and understanding the full extent of the issue is a key element to developing into a more serious problem.
Reasons for Having a Property Survey
Some signs that you might have a damp and timber problem occurring in your home can be identified and treated by yourself. However, it is important that you contact a property care specialist to make sure that your timber and damp issue is not only treated now but also treated for any future issues.