Timber Decay Treatment

Timber Decay: What To Look Out For

What Causes Timber Decay?

Timber decay is when wood is affected by conditions that cause it to deteriorate, such as damp. This can then, as a result, lead to fungal infestation such as dry rot, or even insect attacks such as woodworm. There are two main types of timber decay that can become a problem in your home.

What Are The Types of Timber Decay?

Dry Rot

Dry rot can be a tough problem to repair, but it can be done once you’ve found the source of the issue.

Dry rot fungus thrives in conditions that are both moist and unventilated. This means that dry rot generally occurs in areas within your property that aren’t necessarily in clear view, for instance, under flooring. Unfortunately, this means that dry rot can cause a lot of damage to your home or property before it is even recognised as an issue.

There are a few different methods to repair and prevent dry rot within your property, however selecting the correct way to fix it should be left to the decision of a trained professional so as to appropriate address the problem and prevent any further occurrences.

Wet Rot

Contrary to popular belief, wet rot is in fact a much more manageable issue to tackle than dry rot.

Wet rot occurs when there are large amounts of moisture in timber, which then causes the timber itself to naturally decay. High levels of moisture can normally penetrate timber via structural defects and the likes. It is important to seek out any vulnerable areas of timber to prevent this from happening. This includes but is not limited to: door frames, window frames, etc.

You will be able to spot wet rot in your timber quite easily. Timber that has wet rot is usually quite spongy as opposed to being solid in its intended state, and will be a darker

Any structural problem needs to be tackled at the same time as the timber is treated, otherwise the problem is likely to recur. Timber suffering from wet rot will feel spongy and look darker than the surrounding timber.

How Do You Repair Timber Decay?

As you can expect, this all depends on the severity of the decay or damage to the timber.

Minor damage caused by timber decay, such as rotting window frames, can sometimes be repaired quite easily with simple drying and resin treatments. This isn’t always the case, however the less damage there is, the easier it can be to fix.

Major damage generally calls for the whole piece of wood to be completely replaced as they extent of decay would usually deem the timber unfit for repair.

In any instance, it is always best to seek the advice of a professional so that you can confidently eradicate the root cause of the problem in addition to repairing any damage.

If you want to effectively eradicate the problem then as soon as you find the decaying timber, remove the moisture source. The second thing to do is call out a professional, who will then attempt to reduce any further risk of structural destruction.

Thinking about timber decay treatment for your home? Get Keith Rennie to assess your property, he will thoroughly survey the timber decay and wood rot issue and make a thorough, professional assessment on the relevant works required to repair any damage. Contact Keith Rennie today!

Condensation Control

How NOT To Prevent Condensation In Your Home

What IS Condensation?

Condensation is possibly the most common form of dampness you can find in your home, and occurs when warm, moist air meets a cold surface. This is why people often see condensation on their windows and it is often found in both kitchens and bathrooms, where ventilation can be restricted.

Condensation, although it may seem like a small issue, can cause big problems within your property. It can cause damp patches to appear on your walls, in addition to causing wallpaper to peel, and creating a build-up of water and moisture on windows.

There is a long list of the effects of condensation and it’s important to be able to spot the problem quickly and seek a professional to fix and prevent the problem from reoccurring. A lot of people try their hand at managing condensation in their home, and without knowledge of the root problem or how their efforts might work out, they actually end up making the issue worse.

If you’re hoping to manage a condensation issue before seeking the help of a professional, be sure to avoid doing the following:

Heating Your Home on a High Setting Once Daily

It’s no surprise that many people put their heating on when they come in from work on a very high setting so that the house warms up quickly, then they proceed to turn it off. However, this can cause big condensation problems in your home. To avoid this, rather than letting temperatures go from one extreme to another, try and keep your home at a constant temperature, not to mention that heating a cold house (rather than a warm house) uses more energy.

Using Extractor Fans Incorrectly

When you’ve finished cooking in the kitchen, or showering in the bathroom, it’s important that you leave your extractor fan running for around fifteen minutes afterwards. There will still be moisture in the air that you can’t see. By turning the extractor fan off too soon, you’re leaving the room at risk of developing serious condensation problems. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to keep a window open as this will have a similar effect.

Placing Furniture Flush Against Walls

Whether it’s a cupboard, a bookcase, a bed, a settee, or any other type of furniture, do not push it right up against the wall. If air becomes trapped between said furniture and the wall, it could quickly condense and would eventually form mould. To prevent this from occurring, you should always try and leave a small gap between the walls and the furniture to stop black mould from appearing and causing issues.

Putting Wet Items on Hot Radiators

Normally, your clothes come out of the washing machine damp, but certainly not soaked. If you find yourself often hanging wet items on radiators throughout your home, all that moisture will evaporate back into your home. Where possible, hang washing outside, tumble dry or ensure that items aren’t sodden if they are placed on radiators around your home. This will work to prevent any issues with condensation in the future.

Thinking about condensation control for your home? Get Keith Rennie to assess your property, he will thoroughly survey the condensation issue and make a full assessment on works required to repair any damage. Contact Keith Rennie today!

Damp Proofing Scottish Borders

How To Spot Signs Of Damp In Your Home

Damp proofing your home is vital

Did you know damp can be a serious health risk?

Contrary to popular belief, damp might not always be obvious to spot in your home. In a lot of instances, it can actually take a number of years before any damp-related problems become physically visible around your home. Damp can appear rapidly, for instance after flash flooding, or alternatively, it can be very slow to emerge. If your home has damp, unfortunately this isn’t a problem that will simply go away.

It is important to be able to spot the signs of damp in your home, so that you’re able to contact a specialist in plenty of time to fix the issue.

No two cases of damp are the same, so the correct diagnosis by a specialist surveyor is vital to prevent unnecessary expense on a solution that, ultimately, may not solve the underlying cause of the dampness. Keith Rennie can identify damp problems that may be affecting either the interior or the exterior of your property, diagnosing the extent of the affected area, the kind of damp issue affecting your home and offer the most suitable solution to resolve it.

Damp isn’t just a case of a wet patch on the wall. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Not only can it cause dangerous structural problems within your home, but it can also be extremely hazardous to your health if not correctly treated. There are three common forms of damp you can find in your home, which are condensation, penetrating damp and rising damp, and there are a variety of ways to spot it in your home and more importantly, treat it and prevent any further occurrences.

Signs of damp to spot in your home:

  1. Damp and musty smell
  2. Mould or mildew forming on walls
  3. Staining of wall coverings, peeling wallpaper and blistering paint
  4. Dark patches and damp walls
  5. Discoloured and fragmenting plaster
  6. Decay of timber
  7. Rising damp visible on skirting boards eg. rusting nails
  8. Rusting on angle beads within damp plaster work
  9. Salt stains on outside walls
  10. Crumbling mortar on the exterior of the property

Signs of rising damp to spot in your home:

  • Skirting boards or plaster within your property may be damaged or rotting
  • Wet patches may become visible which can often lead to paint or wallpaper peeling off or blistering
  • You may notice floor coverings lifting or damp patches on the floor
  • A white, powder-like substance can be left when soluble salts dissolve from the ground
  • A tide line of yellow-ish or brown-ish staining on the lower area of your wall above your skirting boards

How do you fix damp?

As a home owner, you shouldn’t attempt to fix damp problems yourself. It is vital to assess the cause of the damp, and preventing any further issues, so it is best practice to seek a professional to ensure the damp proofing treatment is effective, preventative and long-lasting. Don’t let damp cause you unnecessary distress – the quicker you can spot the issue, the faster it can be dealt with.

Think you may have damp in your property? Contact Keith Rennie today!