Timber Decay specialists
Timber remains a very useful material in a world of diminishing resources, and is a major component in most historic buildings. The most common and destructive threats to timber are dry rot, wet rot, common furniture beetle, and death watch beetle. Fungi can lie dormant in timber for years until the right conditions present themselves. Conditions needed are oxygen, moisture and nutrients.
Treating Dry/Wet Rot
Hometech’s team of dedicated building specialists are experts in the early identification of and treatment of timber decay, dry and wet rot.
The first stage of dry rot treatment is to find the source of the moisture and then determine the full extent of the dry rot outbreak. In order to do this plaster needs removed and rendered in all directions, as well as removing flooring and lifting floorboards. You should always replace old timber with pre-treated timber. Masonry surfaces will need to be sterilised with a masonry dry rot treatment.
If wet rot is left untreated, timber starts to lose its strength and in some situations becomes dangerously unsafe. Common causes of wet rot include:
The treatment of wet rot involves applying a fungicide during the drying out period. It can then be applied using a brush or a low pressure sprayer. Wet rot wood hardeners soak into the timber and give it strength. These products are mainly used for doors and window frames.