We can help treat a variety of timber issues that include:
For dry Rot to begin, it requires water to penetrate, increasing the moisture content to above 22% which allow bacteria and micro fungi to colonise in the wood, resulting in the partial breakdown of the cell structure.
Dry Rot is identified by:
A destinctive mushroom smell
A fruiting body
Red spours may be deposited as a layer of dust
Cuboidal cracking and a white mycelium
Dry Rot Causes
Dry Rot Treatments
Removal of wall plaster and cut away affected timbers as detailed in your report. Application of a fungicidal wall solution by drilling, irrigating and surface application. Introduce ventilation and Re apply our specialist plaster.
Wet Rot is a fungus. It is caused by a high moisture content in timbers due to building defects.
Wet Rot is identified by:
Soft /spongy timber
Timber that is darker usual
Damp musty smell
Localised fungus growth
Wet Rot Causes
Wet Rot Treatments
Once the cause is found and rectified, we can begin to treat or replace affected timbers, in some some instances we may need to introduce ways to increase ventilation . Whether timbers can be treated or need replacing depends largely on the condition of the timber. All surrounding timbers will be treated with the suitable timber preservative.
Damage to timbers can occur, as wood boring beetles are able to use wood as a food source. The most common infestations are from the common furniture beetle.
Woodworm is identified by a number of tell tail signs in timber they include:
Exit holes. Holes that are generally 2mm to 5mm in size
Bore dust, also known as frass
Rising damp is simply water rising from the ground through capillary action. The ground water also contains salts which also travels up through the wall.
The moisture from the ground water is absorbed through porous materials such as plaster and skirting boards.
Penetrating damp is the ingress of water through an external wall and into a property and is the most common type of damp issue.
Penetratiing damp is caused by a defect in the building or where the brick have deteriorated to a point that they become porous and allow water to enter the property.
Structural waterproofing is a term used to describe a waterproofing system applied to a structure with an earth retaining wall.
Structural waterproofing generally deals with water ingress from below ground level.
Condensation in your home is caused when warm air, which is full of water vapour comes into contact with a surface that is colder than the warm air. These surfaces are usually windows or walls causing water to be released on to the cold surface. Black mould can quickly follow if the condensation is not dealt with.
We can help treat a variety of timber issues that include dry rot, wet rot and woodworm.
About 1st Call
Specializing in Damp Proofing, timber treatments and remedials. Based in Lincolnshire we also cover Nottinghamshire , Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the home counties. All our work carries a 20 year guarantee. With insurance backed guarantees also available.
We offer a FREE survey for your property. All we ask is that you are the home owner.
It is very important that damp issues in the property are diagnosed properly and the cause is identified in order to treat the damp correctly the 1st time.
So if your property is suffering from damp problems make 1st Call Damp Specialist Ltd your only call.
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