Wood boring insects (Wood Worm) attack cans structural damage to your home with unsightly results. Woodworm is a common name from any wood boring insect and is in fact a beetle which starts its life as an egg that hatches, bores into the timber, pupates into an adult beetle and bores out of the timber, mates and starts the process all over again.
Woodworm is a very common problem which can be treated very successfully with a minimum amount of disruption to the householder, all work carried out by Allied Damp Solutions is covered by a 25-year-guarantee.
We offer a range of specialized cures for Wood Worm, Damp Proofing, Timber Treatment, Dry Rot, Wet Rot, and Condensation Cures.
The way to do that used to be wall vents. But people are trying to save energy now and putting a vent on your wall is basically putting a hole on your wall and is not energy efficient. In fact, vents may not even solve the problem – they only work if the air has a passage through the house.
Instead of vents, we recommend installing a positive pressure ventilation unit. This will draw air from your loft space which is warm because it’s been heated by the sun on your roofs slates and move it very slowly through the property. It also has a very small heating element, which kicks in if the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celcius and keeps the air at a moderate temperature. Preventing wide temperature variation will help to eradicate cold spots and reduce the chances of condensation forming in your home.
What about rising damp – what causes that?
Rising damp will occur if the property has no damp proof course or if it has broken down. Lots of older properties, such as red brick facade houses have no damp proof course in them. Or they may at some stage have had a slate bed or bituminous bed damp-proof course.
However, over time, as the bed expands and contracts with temperature changes and settlement of the property, it breaks down. It’s also possible to unintentionally bridge the damp proof course over time by getting in newly planted areas or paving and raising the level of the garden.
What is the solution to rising damp?
We will first carry out a survey to determine the exact source of the damp. Then if necessary, we will put in a damp-proof course. Injecting the walls is part of that work, but there are some other steps. For rising damp, it’s necessary to strip plaster off the walls up to about 1m high. There’s no need to go higher than that because, due to capillary action and atmospheric pressure, water will not rise above that level. The wall is re-plastered in two layers with additional waterproofers and a salt suppressant agent which will provide additional water barrier.
Is wood worm related to damp?
Woodworm is not actually a worm, it’s a wood boring beetle. Again, it goes hand in hand with older properties. It can be very aggressive, or just attack once and leave again. It’s important to get it treated as they can be very vigorous, and I’ve come across houses where the timber joists have literally crumbled because if woodworm infestation. In any case, nobody likes the ideas of sharing their home with wood-boring beetles.
What disruption can I expect if I need to install a damp-proof course?
A damp course can be installed in an average house in one day. Where the disruption does occur is in removing the old plaster and re-plastering again afterward. However, provided the work is done correctly, keeping in mind that this is some one’s home and to treat it with respect the disruption can be kept to a minimum.
We carry out many different applications in relation to Rising Damp and Moisture Ingress, we treat each property as an individual and tailor each contract to suit same We will first carry out a survey to determine the exact source of the damp problem. As part of our survey we provide a detailed written report, if it is not possible for the you to be present, we will call you as soon as the survey is complete to talk you through our findings and to give you your options. All of our work is carried out to the highest standard and is covered with a twenty-five-year written guarantee, should you need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us
Does Your Home Suffer from Rising Damp, Condensation, Mould or Mildew?
If your home suffers from Rising Damp, Condensation, Mould or Mildew we can help. We carry out many different applications in relation to rising damp and moisture ingress and timber treatment (woodworm and dry rot eradication) we treat each property as an individual and tailor each contract to suit same we will first carry out a survey to determine the exact source of the damp problem.
As part of our survey we provide a detailed written report, if it is not possible for the you to be present, we will call you as soon as the survey is complete to talk you through our findings and to give you your options. All of our work is carried out to the highest standard and is covered with a twenty-five-year written guarantee, should you need any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.