Dry Rot & Woodworm TreatmentDover 01304 826573
Professional Treatment For Dry / Wet Rot And Woodworm.
Covid 19 Update.
Following recently issued Government guidelines, we will be carrying out Timber surveys and Timber Treatment works within occupied properties subject to the following criteria.
- That our staff are in good health.
- That the occupants can confirm that they do not have any symptoms of Covid 19 and have not received a positive test result for the virus.
- That the occupants have removed any furniture etc in advance that may obstruct us from carrying out our survey and left doors / windows open to reduce contact by ourselves.
- That the occupier maintains at least a 2 meter distance when we arrive and then stays in a separate room or leaves the building until completion.
- Our surveyors and workforce will wear disposable shoe coverings / gloves as well as a reusable face mask and will clean their work area on completion.
- The occupants should also clean the work area prior to reuse.
- All Timber survey findings will be issued by email.
- All invoices will be issued by email / post.
We survey and carry out guaranteed Dry Rot, Wet Rot and Woodworm treatment throughout Kent.
Our Timber surveys are carried out by our directly employed CSRT qualified surveyors who will prepare a detailed report along with a specification and quotation for resolving any issues that we identify.
Our Woodworm and Dry Rot surveys are free for homeowners.
For pre purchase survey reports we charge an initial fee of £80.00 to carry out your survey. This is fully refundable if you instruct us to go ahead with any future works that we recommend.
Please call us on 01304 826573 to arrange your detailed Timber survey.
All of our timber treatment works are undertaken by time served , directly employed, PCA Qualified Technicians working to the relevant British Standards.
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Our CSRT qualified Remedial Treatment Surveyor will identify the type of beetle infestation and then establish the correct treatment for the beetle type. This is done by viewing the size and type of flight holes – small holes to the surface of the timber – and viewing any fresh frass ( may appear like sawdust) that may be present.
Typically this will be a spray applied treatment to timbers in the affected area. This is normally sufficient to eradicate any beetle infestation. More rarely some timber repairs / replacement may also be necessary if the infestation is extensive and has been left untreated for a long period of time.
Dry Rot and Wet Rot
The Dry Rot fungus “Serpula Lacrymans” is commonly known as the cancer of a building. It can be incredibly destructive if left untreated and will quickly spread and affect timber throughout the home.
The most important point to understand is that for both dry and wet rot water / dampness have to be present. If an area is dry then the fungus is unable to use dry timber as its food source – no water means no rot.
Likewise good sub floor ventilation provided by air bricks is very important in helping to move moisture away from timbers beneath the floor.
Like all wood destroying fungi dry rot has essential needs and prefers dark, damp, stagnant conditions.
Unfortunately this normally means that it has spread extensively before recognition.
The actual decay of the wood is the reverse of its formation, dry rot attacks and breaks down the wood causing it to lose weight and strength.
Strands of the fungus can develop allowing it to spread over inert materials such as mortar and brick – this is one of the main issues that makes rot so destructive.
Typical causes are from either water ingress or timbers being in contact with damp masonry. Initial signs are a rust coloured dust appearing on surfaces, skirting boards cracking and fungal growths appearing.
Treatment will initially be locating and rectifying the source of the water. This may require works to the external facade of the building, guttering, down pipes or the installation of a damp course system.
It is then essential to promote and maintain rapid drying of the affected timber.
Any infected wood can then be removed and replaced with pre treated timbers using joist hangers if necessary to keep the new timber isolated from the brickwork. Where possible affected timbers can also be treated insitu by injecting them with preservatives.
To ensure that the outbreak is contained the whole area including masonry will then be sterilised using a biocide.
All of our works are covered by a company guarantee. A seperate GPI insurance backed guarantee is also available.