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Timber Treatment In Kent

DRY ROT

Professional surveys to identify the problem and specific treatments to tackle it and protect your investment

WET ROT

We apply our expertise to find the source of your damp problems – and to devise long-term solutions

WOODWORM

Expert strategies to turn your property back into a welcoming home

 

Dry Rot

What is Dry Rot?

Known as Serpula Lacrymans, dry rot is a wood destroying fungus which feeds on moisture – typically in poorly ventilated buildings or water exposed timbers from damaged gutters and leaky pipes.

Once fungus spores germinate, fine strands of fungal growth sprout and spread, devouring wood. And because dry rot even penetrates mortar, plaster and concrete, it can cause widespread and often unseen damage.

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Tell-tale signs of Dry Rot

·        An outbreak often produces a very musty damp odour.

·        Joinery and timbers cracking in a cubiodal manner.

·        Fluffy, cotton wool like mycelium with strands that are brittle develop under humid conditions.

·        Growths resembling large mushrooms.

·        Orange spores resembling fine brick dust.

·        Fine red/orange spore dust scattered around the fruiting body.

How South East Timber and Damp can help

The first step is discovering exactly what the problem is through a professional timber survey. We will thoroughly investigate the source of your timber problem as well as pinpoint the extent of it.  This may require us to carry out “opening up works” prior to providing a quotation.  Offer a detailed report if requested with comprehensive no-nonsense advice on the best options open to you, along with costs and timescale.

Works may include removal of affected timber and surrounding plaster etc., eradicate the moisture source, apply the latest, tailor made treatments to the affected area, and replace with treated timber/plaster.

And since all the works are covered by an insurance backed guarantee for 10 years, you can relax knowing that your dry rot problem will be cured for good!

How we are different from other contractors

We will take off and re-connect your radiators and remove and replace covings, skirtings and electrical sockets. We will leave your rooms ready to decorate. You will not need to bring in a plumber, carpenter and electrician to finish after us.

Wet Rot

What is Wet Rot?

The higher the moisture content within timber the higher the chance of wet rot.

The most common type of wet rot decay is usually caused by Coniophora puteana, which is found in some form in most properties. Another fairly common fungus is Poria vaillantil, although there are many other less common fungi that may also occur.

While each of the different fungi has its own individual features, the overall appearance and treatment of wet rot is similar. Wet rot is usually confined to the damp area because the mycelium does not spread into walls.

Wet rot is not as destructive as dry rot, but it can and does cause structural damage.

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Tell-tale signs of Wet Rot

Wet Rot decay is usually first identified when floor timbers start to bounce or have movement.

Skirting boards affected show signs of cracking even through paint. The unpainted unprotected rear of a skirting board will be more vulnerable to wet rot decay.

How South East Timber and Damp can help

The first step is discovering exactly what the problem is through a professional timber survey. We will thoroughly investigate the source of your timber problem as well as pinpoint the extent of it.  This may require us to carry out “opening up works” prior to providing a quotation.  Offer a detailed report if requested with comprehensive no-nonsense advice on the best options open to you, along with costs and timescale. Works may include removal of affected timber and surrounding plaster etc., eradicate the moisture source, apply the latest, tailor made treatments to the affected area, and replace with treated timber/plaster.

And since all the works are covered by an insurance backed guarantee for 10 years, you can relax knowing that your dry rot problem will be cured for good!

How we are different from other contractors

We will take off and re-connect your radiators and remove and replace covings, skirtings and electrical sockets. We will leave your rooms ready to decorate. You will not need to bring in a plumber, carpenter and electrician after us.

Woodworm

What is Woodworm?

Condensation is the most common form of unwanted dampness in buildings. It is caused by moisture in the air condensing as it comes into contact with cool surfaces. Condensation can lead to fungal decay in timbers, mould on walls, stained curtains and decayed window frames. Untreated mould can lead to respiratory problems.

Condensation is generally a winter problem, as the outside temperature is low, causing walls and windows to be colder.

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Tell-Tale Signs Of Woodworm

  • Black spot mould (Aspergillus Niger)
  • Water running down windows, walls or pipework
  • Stained curtains
  • Decayed timber around window frames or doors

How South East Timber and Damp can help

Condensation can be a real and persistent problems. If you think your property may have condensation problems, it’s recommended that you should engage a specialist surveyor to identify the cause and propose solutions.

Our CSRT qualified surveyor will visit your property and provide you with a detailed report on his findings, available treatments and costs.

Some solutions for condensation are ones you can implement yourself, such as reducing moisture levels by not drying clothes indoors and placing fans in high-moisture areas. But others require qualified experts. Such treatments include improving the insulation of cold surfaces by installing thermal dry linings and plastering over, and creating additional ventilation by installing air bricks or air vents.

We’ll tell you what you can do yourself to improve your condensation – and we’ll deliver the expertise you need for the more complicated solutions.

How we are different from other contractors

We will take off and re-connect your radiators and remove and replace covings, skirtings and electrical sockets. We will leave your rooms ready to decorate. You will not need to bring in a plumber, carpenter and electrician after us.

What Our Customers Say

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“Overall very pleased and will recommend. Very good communication with the team. Dean also very quick to respond to questions.”

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“Both Dean and Gary were very polite and friendly.  They didn’t try to force unnecessary work.”

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“The technicians arrived promptly, left the house tidy for when I returned – and took care not to allow my cats to escape.”

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“Excellent service from start to finish – some of the best workmen we have had to do any work.  Polite, efficient, courteous and clean.”

Where We Work

We cover the whole of Kent including: the West Kent Weald towns of: Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Tenterden; the central towns of Maidstone, Ashford, Faversham and Canterbury; and from the coastal towns of Dover, Deal, Folkestone, Ramsgate, Margate, Whitstable and Dungeness through to South East London and East Sussex.

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Get In Touch

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