Timberwise North West
Property Care Services in the North West
Timberwise has over 5 decades of experience in caring for property in the North West. With our network of offices we are on hand to provide a wide variety of property care services for domestic and commercial clients alike. Our Head Office is based in Cheshire but we cover a number of other areas in the North West for all your damp and timber issues.
We cover all locations across Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Shropshire.
Click the links below for more information about the specific areas we cover in the North West or to find your nearest office.
North West Area
North West area has a population of over 7 million and compared to other regions in the United Kingdom it is the third most populated only behind Greater London and South East. The largest cities are Preston, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington. Due to the presence of high ground and westernly maritime air masses in the North West, it means that the region has some areas that have the heaviest amounts of rainfall. It is no surprise that the Lake District has the most amount of rainfall with Manchester being the wettest city. Areas that have heavy periods of rainfall are prone to damp and timber problems.
Damp and Timber Specialists in the North West
Damp Problems Affecting Your Property
Having damp problems is a common issue affecting properties in the North West. There are 3 forms of damp that can cause damage to your property and these are penetrating damp, condensation and rising damp. Condensation is the most common of all damp problems and can affect any type of building. Condensation occurs due to high moisture-laden air not being ventilated in and out of the building. Condensation can lead to your property having a damp musty smell and black spot mould.
Penetrating damp is caused by poor maintenance of the property such as blocked gutters, damaged roof fabric and a porous masonry. The symptoms of penetrating damp are black mould, timber will be damaged from the dampness (can lead to serious issues such as wood rot) and there will be watermarks on the masonry.
Rising damp is a problem which is caused by the property not having a damp proof course being in place or it has become damaged over time. It can also be caused by high ground being built up surrounding the property allowing groundwater to finds its way through the stonework or brickwork. To identify rising damp there are certain signs to look out for such as: the plaster will peel off the walls, there will be a “tide mark” which will be 1 metre in height and the wall will be damp to touch.
If any of these damp problems discussed are causing damage to your property then it is always best to contact a specialist surveyor. Having a qualified surveyor can identify the issue and provide the professional advice and treatments to ensure damp will not occur in your property again. At Timberwise, we are accredited with the Property Care Association, a Which? Trusted Trader member and members of the Basement Waterproofing Association. All of our damp proofing works having long term guarantees ensuring that all of our work is carried out to professional standards.
Woodworm and Wood Rot Affecting Your Property
There are many different types of woodworm that can have an impact on your property from the common furniture beetle to the most serious being the death watch beetle. These wood boring insects have a three-year lifecycle and trying to identify the type of beetle can become difficult until the end of their life span. The signs of woodworm: exit holes in the timber, the presence of frass being left beetle once it has chewed through the wood and the timber will be damaged.
There are two forms of wood rot and these are called wet rot and dry rot. Both of these types of rot are caused due to the levels of moisture content in the timber. Dry rot needs in excess of 20% for the rot to germinate while needs a higher percentage of 60%. Both of these types of wood rot can be identified from the fruiting body, mycelium growth, cracking of the timber and the dampness smell.
If you are having timber-related issues at your property then you should have a specialist provide an inspection as all these property care issues can be misidentified with each other. If the problem is not identified early in the process then the problem can become worse and more costly for you. Get in touch with Timberwise by filling out the form below or contacting us on 0800 288 8660.