Treating Timber Infestations In London & Berkshire

Treating A Timber Infestation In London & Berkshire:

DH Damp Proofing & Timber are specialists in treating timber infestation problems across London and Berkshire. Once we have conducted a damp and timber survey and diagnosed the problem we will treat the infestation in the following ways.

Treating Woodworm:

Woodworm is a common problem across the UK, London and Berkshire. The damage is caused to timber by wood boring beetles that are essentially eating their way through your house whilst laying their eggs. Once the eggs hatch the larvae then eat their way through the timber before emerging as fully-grown adults and the process begins again.

Woodworm can damage the structure of your house by leaving big tunnel holes throughout the timber structures in your house, weakening timber can begin to break and become unstable.

Without a doubt the best treatment for woodworm is to use a pesticide. At DH Damp Proofing & Timber we use Soluguard Woodworm Concentrate. The amount used within a treatment formula varies depending on which species of woodworm you have. The treatment is designed to not only eradicate the infestation but to also provide ongoing protection from another infestation taking hold.

It is sometimes necessary for you to vacate your property for a period of time whilst the treatment is carried out. DH Damp Proofing & Timber will ensure swift treatment with as little disruption as possible.

Treating Wet Rot & Dry Rot:

Wet rot is caused by timber being exposed to damp or moist conditions for a prolonged period of time. There are many species of fungi that will begin to infest damp timber. Wet rot tends to be easy to spot which is useful because left untreated it can cause damage to the structures of the property.

Treatment for wet rot is relatively simple for an expert. We will isolate the affected timber and replace it with pre-treated timber. We will also provide any necessary treatment to eradicate the area of any underlying damp or moisture. You should ensure that the area is well ventilated after treatment to prevent reoccurring issues.

Dry rot is a significant problem; unlike wet rot this type of rot has the potential to spread much further into building materials breaching the stability of your properties structure. Dry rot should be taken extremely seriously, outbreaks can spread rapidly throughout the building. When treating this type of rot DH Damp Proofing & Timber will take extra measures to prevent any further outbreaks such as masonry sterilisation.

You should look out for any of the following features of dry rot and contact a specialist for a full damp and timber survey if you notice any of them

  • A musty Smell caused by active decay
  • Cotton wool like fluff called mycelium which can develop stalks or tear drop formations
  • A skin that can be peeled and looks either mushroom coloured or silky grey
  • Wood that has shrunk and has a cuboid pattern on it.
  • Fruiting bodies and red dust dust caused by the spores dropping onto the timber

Again we can’t stress enough how quickly dry rot can spread through all the masonry in a property, you should always seek professional advice as soon as possible.

Our specialists will treat both wet and dry rot with an aggressive fungicide, the product we favour is Safeguard’s ProBor wood preservative. This product is great at penetrating deep within wood, typically the signs of wet and dry rot on the surface of timber is only the tip of the iceberg as the fungi secretes digestive enzymes deep within the timber as its infestation progresses. Our experts fully understand how this product works and the formulas required to treat each case individually.

Timber Replacement:

Along with treating the infestation, we will endeavour to stop an infestation from reoccurring. Where the timber has been badly damaged we will remove this and replace it with pre-treated timber. We always work to protect your properties structural integrity. If the dry rot has begun to spread into the masonry we will then take steps to isolate and sterilise the area fully.

Treating Underlying Damp:

A timber infestation is sometimes caused by a leak in the plumbing however more commonly it is the result of rising damp, penetrative damp or condensation. It is absolutely vital to detect and treat the damp that has given rise to the timber infestation or the danger is that the problem will come back the same or in some cases much worse.

When you contact us regarding a timber infestation we will conduct a full damp and timber survey to find the root cause of the infestation. It may well be the case that you have been unaware of a damp problem within the property, but any underlying damp MUST be treated along with the infestation. You may need your damp course upgrading or require additional treatments within the property.

If you suspect that you have a timber infestation call us as soon as possible to book in a survey so that we can stop the problem from progressing and damaging the structural integrity of your home. You need to be especially careful if you suspect dry rot, time is of the essence please call us to help you.

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