The Side Effects of Damp And Poor Ventilation
Have you noticed any small holes in your wood accompanied by a light dust? If so, you might have been invaded by woodworm.
Woodworm is a collective term referring to the larvae of any beetle that bores through wood. In the UK, there are a number of species of wood-boring beetles, but the most typical include the Common Furniture Beetle and the Deathwatch Beetle. It can be a while before you realise that you’re sharing your home with either of these types of beetle, but there are some tell-tale signs to look out for.
What To Look For
If you’re dealing with a woodworm infestation, you might discover:
- Small holes, the size of those found in a dartboard
- Powdery dust near the holes, which is known as frass
- Boards, joists and furniture crumbling away
- Adult beetles present around the home, often near the walls or windowsills or loft areas
It’s important to note that woodworm isn’t just an issue in older properties. It’s also possible to experience woodworm in a newer-build home where ventilation or a damp problem might be an issue.
Understanding The Behaviour of Woodworm
You may notice adult beetles emerging between May and September – they will lay their eggs on the wood which then causes the woodworm larvae to tunnel inside it. By the Spring, you might see a fresh emergence of beetles and unfortunately signs that your wood is weakening.
Woodworm thrive in damp conditions, which can be caused by penetrating damp or a ventilation problem when air is not able to circulate adequately – for example under the stairs or in your loft.
What To Do If You Think Your Wood Is Infested
If you’ve noticed signs that you have woodworm in your home, then it’s important to get it dealt with as rapidly as possible. When damp or ventilation is an issue, these only worsen with time, so the quicker you seek treatment, the less it will cost in the long run.
Begin by getting in touch so that a surveyor can carry out a full onsite assessment of your problem. Damp proofing measures may be recommended as a way to prevent this problem from occurring in the future. In terms of the damage that has already been done, your wood will be assessed to see how much moisture and humidity are present. Where possible, we will try to save your timber from being replaced entirely. Our timber treatment services London team will look to use the most appropriate treatment method. For example the best solution may be to carry out a timber resin repair to sections of the wood that is decaying. These might be the ends or middle of the wood, or the frames or joists. A timber resin treatment is much more cost-effective than a full timber replacement project, which in many cases wouldn’t be necessary. It might also be necessary to remove and replace the decayed treatment and treat with an insecticidal solution. The right treatment is essential to future-proof your property from further damage.
Remember that woodworm can occur in any type of property, but it’s also a condition that can be rectified. So get in touch sooner rather than later, and our team of specialists will be on hand to protect your property from the effects of damp and the often-resulting problem of woodworm.