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Timber preservation is the method of preventing and tackling the effects of:
The presence of damp in timber can lead to an outbreak of Dry Rot; an aggressive wood-consuming fungus which can cause irreparable damage to the timber.
Damp timber presents a source of water and food for wood-boring insects, an ideal environment for a colony. These insects devour the timber which they infest, causing it to weaken and break.
Timber affected by damp can permit Wet Rot fungus to grow. Over time, Wet Rot causes timber to weakened as more and more of it is consumed by the fungus.
Where fungal decay or infestation occurs in timber, this will invariably lead to those timbers becoming weak, damaged and dangerous. As such, when these problems are discovered, you should seek the help of a trained expert as soon as possible.
Timber preservation and damp proofing
You might wonder why damp proofing generally goes hand-in-hand with timber preservation. Well, the answer is simple; both problems are often found simultaneously affecting a home. This is no coincidence as when damp affects timber, the timber presents a valuable source of food and water for wood rotting fungi and woodworm. So, the the method of preventing timber decay and infestation always starts with protecting the timber from damp.
HOW TIMBER PRESERVATION WORKS
Our team of experts specialise in the strategy of timber preservation. Our Surveyors identify the extent of any existing problems and determine to what extent any affected timber is damaged beyond repair. Once this has been established, our team will set down a strategy to remedy the problem. We will preserve as much of the original timber as possible, ensuring that costs are kept to a minimum, and replace what is needed with new specially treated timber products which are resistant to decay and infestation. Any original timbers which remain will be treated with specialist fungicide and insecticide to ensure a lasting resolution.
“Are chemicals used in the timber preservation process?”
The process of eliminating woodworm of wood-rotting fungi can necessitate the use of specialist pesticides or fungicides. However, we only used products which meet with the required industry standards and are approved for use in homes. Additionally, when we use any such chemicals, we will advise you on the suitable precautions to take to prevent anyone in your home being injured during the treatment process.
“I’ve found decay and an infestation, can I ignore it?”
It is never advisable to ignore signs of timber decay or infestation. The reason for this is that, with the passage of time, fungi spreads, insects multiply and more timber is consumed, causing its eventual collapse.
If timber decay or infestation is left untreated, it almost inevitably leads to greater repairs and more cost to the homeowner.
“My floor is rotting, will it all need to be replaced?”
In short, not necessarily. If the timber decay is affecting only a small part of the floor, the need for replacement timber might be small. In many cases, it is entirely possible to treat affected timber without replacing it, though this often depends on how soon a problem is detected and how quickly it is caught. In any case, our Surveyors will advise you to what extent any timber needs to be replaced before going ahead with any works.