Winter is a punishing time for your home or business premises and when you look at the timber around your property in the spring you may find that it has decayed.
Timber treatment from professional firms like Pest Control Berkshire can prove invaluable for saving timber. Any new timber installed should be expertly treated to ensure timber preservation.
Reading wet rot experts will tell you that the presence of wet rot, also called cellar fungus, means that there is a high moisture level, often over 50%. This could be thanks to condensation, inadequate ventilation, a plumbing issue, adverse weather or a leaking roof.
Of course, winter will expose any flaws with cold weather shrinkage and brittleness so even if a window frame was in perfect working order last September that doesn’t mean that winter won’t have taken its toll. By spring you could have a problem.
Many issues are localised rather than structurally threatening but if left unaddressed any rot can lead to stability and strength loss.
Dry rot normally boasts mushroom shaped forms forging through paintwork. Wet rot is arguably more creative.
You may see mushrooms but it will also be evident from the mylecium strands being black or brown rather than dry rot’s silvery cream tones. These strands can form in to fern shapes. Wood will be spongy or disintegrate on touch.
How do experts treat timber decay?
A thorough survey will be carried out in areas that are already suffering and potential problem areas. If your window ledges are in poor condition the professional won’t just check these, he or she should see if the wall, flooring and skirting are amplifying the problem.
This isn’t to rack up a tidy profit. Think of it this way, if you are renovating and adding new skirting boards you’ll be pleased that the survey will have included the wall, ventilation and damp risks.
These can be addressed prior to new skirting installation which should be treated with timber preservation products that work hard to ensure that you won’t face the same issue in the future.
Timber treatment in locations that aren’t being renovated may be to remove only the rotten wood and replace it with new material which has been treated for timber preservation or the whole section of wood may be removed and a new timber installed.
In both instances the affected area and problem source must have been worked on.
Whilst you aren’t obliged to action any of the recommendations in a professional survey it seems foolhardy to ignore the risk of continuing issues and a greater cost to rectify them.
Wet rot specialists in Reading are eager to help. Don’t feel embarrassed or think that they’ll presume you haven’t maintained the premises correctly.
Wet rot, dry rot and timber treatments are part and parcel of living in the UK in the winter. Remember, a plumbing issue behind tiling won’t jump up and say “yoohoo!” The first evidence you may see could be the spongy flooring.
Call in timber treatment experts without further delay.