The beautiful, and popular village of Oxshott in Surrey is partularly appealing to commuter due to its railway station and easy proximity into London. Oxshott borders Esher, Leatherhead, Cobham and Chessington so it is a neighbour of Tapco HomeDry who has offices in Thames Ditton and Esher.
Tapco HomeDry are Dry Rot, Woodworm and Damp Proofing specialists. We were recently instructed to carry out a survey in Oxshott, for a client who was extremely worried that they might have a Damp or Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans) problem because they had been noticing a musty smell every time they walked in the house.
Our fully qualified timber and damp surveyor attended the property and thoroughly checked walls for damp using the surface mode of an electronic ‘Survey Master’ damp meter and he also inspected all accessible floors, by lifting floorboards and probing timbers with a sharp instrument. What he found was much worse than a normal damp problem, it was in fact a severe case of True Dry Rot (Serpula lacrymans).
The attack of Dry Rot Fungus was found to be affecting the majority of the flooring timbers on the ground floor which was caused by a leaking rainwater downpipe and insufficient sub-floor ventilation. Existing air bricks needed to be unblocked and additional vents needed to be installed in order to increase the sub-floor ventilation.
Our Surveyor strongly recommended that the rainwater downpipe be immediately renewed. Our client was also advised that it is good practice to periodically inspect your home, especially during heavy rainfall, to ensure that there are no leaks.
Following our Survey Tapco HomeDry were instructed to carry out specialist dry rot treatment and complete restoration to all of the affected areas. This involved our skilled operatives cutting out all affected timbers, replacing with new pre-treated timber in accordance with good building practice, applying high performance timber preservatives, re-plastering in accordance with our ‘Tapco HomeDry Dry Rot re-plastering system, replacing joinery timbers to match as closely as possible existing and increasing the sub-floor ventilation.
Our client felt entirely confident with us as we have over 45years of experience with Damp, Dry Rot and Woodworm eradication and are long term members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and Trustmark (Government Endorsed Standards). Our work is now covered by our 20 year guarantee which is protected by Guarantee Protection Insurance (GPI).
Don’t let Wood Destroying Fungus, Damp or Woodworm destroy your home, call your local company Tapco HomeDry first for a Dry Rot and Damp Survey.