Repairing and protecting properties for 40 years
The most frequent form of insect timber damage in UK homes is by the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) or woodworm. Most homeowners first encounter evidence of woodworm when they lift carpets lying on wooden floors and find the tracks and holes of a typical infestation.
Left untreated woodworm could cause serious damage to structural timbers, but the more usual result is cosmetic damage to surface timbers, necessitating floorboard replacement. The infestation can also readily migrate into furniture and antiques. The remedy is quick and easily carried out and the water-based treatment is non-toxic to humans and other mammals.
Fungal decay (rot) can develop when timber is exposed to high levels of moisture. In buildings in the UK a common area where fungal decay is found are suspended timber ground floors; where timber is in contact with damp walls or where sub floor ventilation is poor. Other situations which can result in fungal decay include where penetrating dampness or a plumbing leak is occurring.
There are principally only two different types of fungal decay; Dry Rot and Wet Rots. There is only one Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans) there are however numerous Wet Rots. Some rots display similar characteristics and therefore correct diagnosis of the type of decay is essential to ensure the correct treatment, where necessary, is specified, especially in the case of Dry Rot.
If your home, or a house you are considering buying has evidence of woodworm damage or fungal decay your first step should be a call to us.
Our friendly and knowledgeable survey team can talk to you about what you have found and make an appointment with you for one of our qualified surveyors to visit and carry out a survey.
Our site surveys, which include a comprehensive report, remedial specification and (if necessary) an estimate for repairs, are all provided without obligation. Our reputation for integrity and accuracy has been hard-won and because of that we never pay our surveyors commission. Whether you contract with us or not, they are paid the same.
Once you have reviewed the report, you may have some questions. Your surveyor will be happy to answer them for you.
As with our surveyors, our installation teams are employed directly by us. They carry ID and arrive on time, in sign-written vehicles. Most of them have worked for us for over fifteen years and the experience shows. They are thorough, clean and tidy. We never forget that this is your home and we treat it like your home. Our specialist partner sub-contractors also work to our code of practice. Although some aspects of the work can be dusty and noisy we use industrial standard dust barriers to reduce any mess to a minimum and we clean up properly once we are done.
Most of our timber treatments are offered with an APP guarantee and an insurance backed guarantee. Your report will carry full details of the scheme.
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Our surveyors are qualified to Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) standard. This is the industry standard accreditation administered by the Property Care Association.
No. This is one of the most pervasive myths in our industry. It is probably a hang-over from a time when the chemicals employed to treat damp and timber problems were solvent based. We switched to water-based chemicals about 25 years ago and there are no odour problems associated with these.