Timber is a beautiful and traditional building material, adding warmth and comfort to a home, as well as providing fantastic structural support with less weight than many other building materials. However, timber can be susceptible to three main types of decay – wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. In some cases, the rot can take hold without you realising, in other cases you will be alerted to a problem by damp smells, discoloured wall and ceiling stains or damaged plaster. Identifying a problem before it takes hold may just be the most sensible piece of property maintenance you take, and this needn’t be an expensive undertaking, but the savings to you could be vast.
Risk areas for the three types of decay
Suspended timber floors in Victorian houses can be adversely affected by wet rot when the air flow they need to remain healthy is blocked by non-breathable materials like carpet underlay and vinyl floor covering. External wooden door and window frames can deteriorate and allow rain water to invade, leading to wet rot, too, while beams and timber roof supports can be affected by dry rot if moisture makes contact with existing (harmless) dry rot spores. Woodworm can take hold when the common furniture beetle lays eggs in exposed timber.
The potential for timber damage can be great, and you could be forgiven for feeling fearful for your property as you read this! But help is at hand, and the good news is that these issues can be identified and treated with relative ease if recognised early enough. As we are a family company, serving Exeter and Devon for the past 30 years, we really understand that your home is your castle, and you want to feel safe and secure, both now and in the future. We can survey your property from as little as £15 and will identify any potential issues before they can begin wreaking havoc on your home.
Give us a call today and we can help you keep your home safe, strong and healthy.