Wood is a versatile material that can add charm to your home whilst remaining practical. However, it is essential that homeowners keep an eye on the wood in their home and maintain it correctly wherever necessary. If wood becomes too moist, it can start to encounter issues that affect its strength and durability.

Timber treatment varies in approach depending on the type of timber and the type of issue that is occurring. Here at Avant Garde Damp Solutions, we have been offering timber treatment solutions for over 15 years, boasting trained and qualified surveyors with years of experience observing and identifying timber issues. Over this time, we have seen all sorts of different wood related problems, though there are three common concerns that we identify and deal with.

Dry Rot/Wet Rot

Dry rot is a fungus that grows on wood that remains moist for a long period of time. The spores of the fungus are common and present on most wood surfaces, but they are unable to grow or develop without damp surroundings and wood to grow from. Dry rot is corrosive and destroys the wood that it is attached to in order to survive, which makes quick identification of the issue essential. Fortunately, the signs and symptoms of dry rot are quite clear:

–         Cuboidal cracking in the timber

–         An orange, rust-like dust

–         White or cream-coloured fleshy fruiting body

–         Weakness within the timber

–         Sometimes, also spread over masonry

–         More common in softwoods, such as pine

Wet rot has many similarities to dry rot, but it does differ in that it is the result of consistently moist wood in your home. It can look like dry rot, but it is limited to damp areas and cannot spread over masonry. Furthermore, there is more variety in its appearance, with the mycelium strands of the fungus varying in colour, from brown to black to white.

Regardless of the type of fungus present, we strongly recommend organising a professional diagnostic inspection of your home from a C.S.R.T. accredited surveyor if you suspect you have a dry or wet rot issue, as it can quickly spread and cause structural instability.

Fortunately, corrective timber treatment for dry rot is relatively fast, depending on the extent of the issue, so ensure that you act immediately and organise treatment. If you believe you have a problem, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and request a survey.

Woodworm

Woodworm is a commonly misunderstood term that references the larvae of multiple wood-boring beetle species. The usual suspect in UK homes is the Common Furniture beetle, which lays its eggs just underneath the surface of both hard and softwood furniture or support beams. Woodworm eggs are laid in timber that is already moist, as the larvae prefer to eat softer wood. Therefore, keeping the wood within your home dry is a big part of preventing woodworm issues.

If you’re unsure about whether you have a woodworm infestation, there are a few signs that will indicate their presence:

–         Crumbly edges to the wood

–         Soft, weak or damaged timber

–         Round holes within the woodwork – usually 1-2 mm in diameter

–         Very fine dust on the surface of the wood, or around the small round holes

–         Tunnels within the timber itself

If you notice any of these symptoms, then you should ask a specialist to survey the situation for you. Effective timber treatment for woodworm is usually straightforward but ascertaining the exact species of beetle larvae is essential before acting, as certain treatments work more efficiently on specific species. At Avant Garde Damp Solutions, we can identify and confirm your woodworm issue, as well as complete your timber treatment to address the issue – simply get in touch and organise a survey.

These three problems are the major timber issues we have faced over the last fifteen years. Regardless of whether you can identify your issue or not, our accredited surveyors are happy to make a visit and advise you on the issue at hand, as well as the best solution for you.

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