Ok so woodworm and mould may not be what you class as ‘treasures’, but they can however be hidden dangers in your home!
Issues that are visible in your home can be a pain but the majority of the time, these are the issues which get sorted as soon as you spot them. But what about issues hidden in places where you do not tend to look, such as under your floorboards or in your roofing structure?
Timber structures, particularly in old houses, can be prone to woodworm infestations or rotting if the wood hasn’t been treated or protected.
There are some woodworm species that like damp conditions and others which like dry conditions. Females lay their eggs in cracks and fissures in timber which hatch out into larvae, but it is the ‘worm’ or larvae stage that actually do the damage to wood as they burrow inside the wood until they mature and pupate into adult beetles. Once they turn into adult beetles, they bore their way to open air through flight holes – these are the holes which can be seen on the wooden surfaces.
Though these holes may not seem like much at first, over a period of time woodworm infestations could lead to structural damage if not identified beforehand.
Dry Rot and Wet Rot
Dry Rot and Wet Rot can attack all kinds of timber in a home. Damp conditions combined with a lack of ventilation provide the perfect conditions for a fungal attack.
Whilst the rot itself may not be harmful to a person’s health, it can indicate damp and condensation in a home which could lead to some health problems, especially in young and elderly people.
We’re here to help
Here at Peter Cox, we can help you treat both woodworm and Dry Rot/Wet Rot problems and preserve timber to protect against any future infestations.
To find out more about these issues, visit our woodworm and dry rot and wet rot pages.
If you are concerned about woodworm or Dry Rot and Wet Rot, or any other maintenance problems, you can contact us by calling us on 0808 273 2138 or request a survey here.