About Timber Treatment
Timber has been used in the construction of residential properties for hundreds of years because it is versatile, durable and very strong. However, if left untreated with no maintenance virtually all types of timber will at some point begin to age, weaken and decay. Decaying timber represents a hazard to safety, especially if the timber in question is supporting a roof or a ceiling. It is very important then to ensure all supporting timbers in your property are in sound condition and that means regular inspections for woodworm treatment. Damp represents a major threat to timber. It can cause fungal growth, wet rot and dry rot, which are all very destructive conditions. When any of these occur in roof trusses or supporting beams then immediate remedial action is required. Ignorance can lead to some very hefty bills for replacement and a massive devaluation of the property. A surveyor can identify the problems before they become a major issue, however effective long term treatment of affected timber is best left to the remedial professionals.
What are timber treatment services?
Many woodworm treatment services are offered by reputable damp proofing companies, who can also carry out surveys and produce genuine damp and timber reports. The main conditions that might urgently require treatment include wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Wet rot most often affects timbers that have not been treated with any preservative or pressure treatment prior to use in the construction business. In the home, wet rot can affect timber that is continuously exposed to damp conditions, usually in areas with poor ventilation. Its presence can not only be detected visually but quite often pungent smells will emanate from the areas where wet rot is present. Dry rot is also caused by damp or moist conditions with poor ventilation. A fungus is responsible for attacking the damp timber, which then becomes dry and crumbly losing its strength as a result. Lofts are ideal places for the fungus to take hold. The other most common and problematic condition requiring timber treatment is beetle infestation popularly known as woodworm. This condition mainly affects old timbers and very often valuable antique furniture.
Who needs timber treatment services in ?
Timber treatments are available for all the major problems affecting structural timbers. Residential and older commercial properties are both subject to similar problems, especially where damp and poor ventilation are known issues. There are treatments to prevent wet rot and dry rot and treatments which can be applied if timber is already affected. To be sure which one is most suited, it is always best to first consult a local woodworm specialist or expert who will advise accordingly. Even in cases where timbers are severely decayed, repairs may be possible.This work can be advised on and carried out by a professional team or company.
Timber treatment services are offered by bone fide consultants, contractors and professional tradesmen, who are fully qualified and experienced in providing these specialist services and are best contacted if you suspect you have a problem. Even woodworm can be eradicated and a treatment applied to ensure there is no further damage to precious antiquities. A quick visual inspection of your loft might reveal a problem that has been slowly worsening over many years but with cost effective restoration repairs now possible, the sooner the problem is identified and treated the less the remedial costs will be. Worst case scenarios are complete overhauls and timber replacement by the builder, which can be very expensive. Whereas a regular application of preservative could save a lot of money and inconvenience.
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