Wet rot and Dry rot have very little in common, only that both are classed as brown rot fungus. Wet rot (Coniophora puteana) is localised to certain areas of a property where there is or has been considerable damp or water ingress and insufficient ventilation. Many older properties were built with wood floors, which were… Read More
There a many species of wood boring insects, woodworm, but the four that Tapco HomeDry deal with the most in London and the Home Counties, are: Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) Woodworm, by far the most common of all wood boring insects and attacks, floors, roof timbers, furniture, in fact any timber, inside and out…. Read More
Most of us have seen the tiny (bore) holes left by woodworm, which can be found in numerous places, in both internal and external timber and furniture. These holes are made as the adult beetles bores out, which unfortunately is after the damage has been done. You may see some fine powdery dust (‘frass’) near… Read More
Wet Rot is the most common type of timber decay found in buildings and is a general term covering several varieties of Brown or White Rot fungus. It usually occurs because of a building defect or long term Rising Damp. Timbers that are most vulnerable are those that are built into walls, or touching masonry… Read More
The first signs you may have wet rot are a constant damp or musty smell when you first walk into the room, floors ‘springy’ when you walk on them, distorted or cracked joinery timbers and the presence of wood lice or silver fish. If you recognise any of these you are likely to have a problem… Read More
It is important to source and repair the cause the wet rot. Floorboards are lifted to locate the extent of the weakened timbers, which are removed and carefully disposed of. The oversite is cleared of excess rubble and the sub-floor ventilation will be checked and improved as necessary. The remaining sound timbers are then cleaned… Read More
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