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High levels of humidity are the leading cause of timber problems in the UK. This can result in damp and mould formation in ceilings, walls and floors, which affects the timber connecting to all these structures.
Buildings can experience rising damp for a variety of reasons. The present damp proof course (DPC) may be failing, sometimes due to rising external ground levels that allow the original damp proof course to be bridged; in older houses, there may be no damp proof course at all.
All rising damp treatments, including accompanying replastering, are carried out by Sussex Damp Experts following British Standard BS6576:2005 and the Property Care Association – Code of Practice.
Condensation is a primary cause of environmental moisture and mould in both old and new properties, affecting many of them. Condensation is more common in poorly heated and ventilated homes, and it usually gets worse throughout the winter months, which are known in the trade as ‘the condensation season.’ The use of a balanced heating and ventilation system can help to lower condensation levels.
Sussex Damp Experts provides a comprehensive range of condensation advice and solutions, from modern condensation control vent installation to condensation control units and heat recovery unit installation. Sussex Damp Experts has a large selection of dehumidifiers that our experts may purchase, deliver, and install. If you require further assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office on 01273 257 765. One of our surveyors would be pleased to come out and conduct a thorough examination during which you will be advised on how to deal with condensation, as well as the expected costs of the possible solutions.
Whenever damp exists, the surrounding timber will be affected during that time. That’s why it’s so important to identify wet areas and address the problems to avoid structural and extensive damage.
Different species of spores are used in these types of dry rot. Therefore they differ from wet rot in appearance. Unlike dry rot, which may spread with very little water, wet rot requires a lot of moisture to proliferate. Another important distinction to be aware of is that wet rot can spread across wider areas more quickly. This is due to the fact that it utilises the capillaries within the wood rather than the mycelium that generally causes a Dry Rot infestation. Dry rot is particularly destructive and spreads swiftly throughout a home, even if the area has been treated for damp or wet rot earlier. On the other hand, damp fungus occurs when timber becomes wet for long periods of time.
Wood rot it’s not the only one responsible for timber decay. Wood-boring beetles can infest most timbers in older structures. Many different species of wood borers can cause problems. Still, the two most common and active are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), which usually affects softwood timbers, and the even more prolific Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum), which generally infests hardwood timbers, especially in older buildings, Sussex Damp Experts has come to the rescue of many older buildings throughout the Sussex area. Give us a call on 01273 257 765 or contact us to get information on our wet rot, dry rot and woodworm treatments.
For property owners, wood rot (wet or dry) can be a dangerous and costly concern. Wet rot is a type of wood degradation resulting in deformation, cracking, softness, and porosity. It is highly damaging and spreads quickly, necessitating specialised treatment to eradicate. Dry rot, on the other hand, is a more severe problem. It is a fungal infection that destroys the cellulose in wood, posing a severe threat to structural timbers and significant health and safety issues.
Both wet and dry rot can be caused by a lack of subfloor ventilation, moist walls, or condensation produced by water spilling from sinks, baths, showers, pipework, guttering, poorly kept roofs or external walls.
Different species of wet rot (the most common being Coniophora putteana) or the more dangerous and widespread dry rot can impair structural timber floor joists, joinery, and features like window frames and doorframes (Serpula lacrymans is the worst culprit). These wood-rotting fungi are usually found in areas where there is a lack of subfloor ventilation, plumbing leaks, water spillage, or floods; they can also be caused by rising damp. The wood-rotting fungus can cause significant harm to your property if they are allowed to emerge and spread. Repairs, strengthening works and treatments, and preservation services are all available through Sussex Damp Experts.
Whether it’s rising damp, penetrating damp or excessive condensation, please give us a call on 01273 257 765 to receive expert advice on the best ways to deal with the damp causes.
If your home has wooden buildings, regular rot treatments are required to keep your property in good shape and avoid rot damage. Regular care protects your home’s wood from deterioration and extends the life of the wood.
Regular timber care not only makes your home or business structure comfortable to live in but also keeps the value of the building from dwindling. If you live in Brighton, you can rely on Sussex Damp Experts’ experience to maintain your home’s timber secure, clean, and rot-free at a price that won’t break the bank.
However, it’s not always possible to prevent rotten timber problems, for various reasons, for example, when you acquire a used or old property. In this case, it’s always advisable to have a specialist investigate and identify the best timber treatment options, if possible. If left untreated and the wood decay is really advanced, compromising the structural integrity, it’s vital to proceed with repairs and replacements of all the compromised timber.
Give us a call on 01273 257 765 to have one of our timber building surveys, identifying the rotting timber areas and receive the best advice on damp proofing services.
Sussex Damp Experts has a large selection of goods and brands to choose from. Each situation has its unique set of requirements and limits, resulting in many potential procedures and strategies for treatments and repairs on timber damage. Don’t hesitate to contact our staff at 01273 257 765 for a customised quote because no two cases are alike.
Sussex Damp Experts are damp proofing specialists who can provide you with a range of services, from surveys to treatments and all repairs, whether on timber, walls, ceilings, or floors. Commercial property owners, property management businesses, and residential property owners are among our clients.
Our rot treatment professionals will accurately analyse and diagnose the severity of your property’s damp problem. Specific damp and timber treatments and rotten timber repairs with the most effective techniques to treat the problem are part of our expertise.
Our specialists have been trained to on and above the Property Care Association “PCA” standards. Our surveyors are Certified Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT), ensuring that our customers receive the most satisfactory service.
Give us a call on 01273 257 765 or get in contact with us for expert damp proofing and timber services.
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