Property Care Services in the Midlands
Timberwise is a specialist property care company with over 50 years of experience providing services in damp proofing, woodworm treatment, basement waterproofing in the Midlands. We provide for all types of housing from small domestic housing to large commercial projects.
We have over 50 years of experience in treating damp and timber issues with accreditations with Which? Trusted Trader and the Property Care Association.
We cover many locations in the Midlands area including Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicester, Staffordshire and many more..
For more information about the specific areas we cover in the Midlands area and to book a survey with our team then click the links below:
The total population for the Midlands areas is over 10 million with the largest city being Birmingham. The weather in the Midlands area with August being the wettest month of the year and February is the driest month. This differs to other areas in the UK where most rainfall occurs in the winter months. When there are large periods of rainfall during these months, penetrating damp has more chance of occurring.
Damp and Timber Specialists in the Midlands
Damp Problems affecting your Property
There are three forms of damp that can affect your property based in the Midlands area and these are rising damp, condensation and penetrating damp. Condensation is the most common of all the damp problems but it caused by people carrying out day to day activities. Condensation is the process of warm moisture-laden air rising not being able to ventilate out of the property. If the moisture-laden air is not ventilated then the warm air will land onto a cold surface e.g. windows or windowsills which will cause a damp musty smell and black spot mould.
Rising damp is the least common of the damp problem that causes damage to your building it is something that should be aware. Old housing built before the 1950s is the most prone to rising damp. This is because having a damp proof course in place is essential to preventing moisture from rising up the wall. There will be visible that you can look out for when spotting for signs of rising damp and these are:
- Wallpaper peeling off the walls
- Damp mark on the wall rising up to 1 metre in height
- Damp musty smell
The last form of damp you need to be aware of is penetrating damp. Penetrating damp is caused by poor maintenance of the property. By having blocked gutters or pipes the moisture is absorbed and will then penetrates its way through the outer walls of the building into the inner walls. Modern housing is usually built with cavity walls which act as a barrier against moisture and is then evaporated before the water can penetrate its way through the property. If penetrating damp is not treated earlier it can lead to more structural problems such as wet rot or dry rot depending on the severity of the issue.
It is always best to get in touch with our damp proofing specialist in the Midlands area. By having our surveyors inspect your property they will be able to provide free expert advice on how the damp was caused and what the best course of damp treatment should be used to get rid of the problem. Our surveyors are qualified with the Property Care Association so you can be assured that they know everything there is in relation to property issues.
Dry Rot and Woodworm Problems affecting the Midlands Area
Dry rot can be a serious problem should be treated by property care and preservation specialist. The reason why it is such a serious issue is that dry rot destroys the timber that could cause the property to be structurally unstable. Dry rot, unlike wet rot, can spread throughout the property so treatment will need to be applied not just in one area of the room but all areas of the building. The causes of the dry rot or wet rot are due to the levels of moisture content inside the timber. Symptoms that you might have dry rot is mycelium growth, a dampness smell and the cracking of the timber.
Woodworm is also a problematic property care issue that can cause structural damage to your property. There are many forms of woodworm beetles including the common furniture, death watch beetle and house longhorn beetle. Due to the many different types of beetles, the damage a woodworm can cause to your property can also vary. The lifecycle generally lasts for three years from the woodworm entering the timber to them leaving to the surface via the exit hole.
Identifying woodworm can be a difficult task to carry out so having a specialist carry out the survey would be the best option to ensuring the correct woodworm treatment is carried out to treat and prevent the issue from occurring again in the future.
To contact us you simply contact us by calling on 0800 288 8660 and requesting a survey by filling in the form below: