Timber Decay Services in Hampshire, Surrey and London

What causes timber decay?

Dry rot is the most aggressive wood-destroying fungus and thrives in unventilated areas. The fungus usually has a musty smell and can develop into grey or white cotton wool-like masses with small orange spots.

Wet rot is another common cause of timber decay and it can be spotted by the brown strands it sometimes produces or if exposed wood softens, loses strength and crumbles easily.

Insects also cause timber decay. Furniture beetles (or woodworms) and the superbly named death-watch beetle are the most common culprits and the tell-tale signs of their presence are flight holes and bore dust.

These fungi and insects only rear their ugly heads because of the existence of one thing – dampness – which is most probably a cause of an underlying problem in the structure of a building or any damage it has been caused.

How to prevent timber decay?

Dry timber will keep wood safe from fungal and insect attack. Moisture needs to be eliminated by way of fixing damaged guttering, improving or adding ventilation or perhaps isolating vulnerable timbers. To carry out a repair only the wood up to where the decaying stops needs to be removed.

Chemical treatments by way of spray brushes and injection-applied products are possible but they only succeed in addressing the symptoms and don’t prevent timber decay from taking hold in the first place. Such treatments are only turned to when an attack is severe and any dampness needs to be removed quickly.

RJF Services operates throughout Surrey, Hampshire and London. Providing Damp Proofing, Timber Decay, Basement Waterproofing, Basement Conversions and Construction in Farnham, Aldershot, Guildford Farnborough, Camberley and the surrounding areas. Call us today to get a free quote.