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Properties in London, Surrey, Middlesex and Berkshire are particularly prone to infestation by certain types of wood boring beetle (commonly known as woodworm) which attack timber down to the core, and therefore can cause structural damage.

The infestation recognisable by the small holes visible on the timber surfaces is caused when the larvae of the beetles burrow and tunnel into the timber to pupate and transform into adult beetles.

Adults live for a few days during which time they mate and lay eggs on the surface of the wood; then they die, the eggs hatch and the whole cycle repeats.

Here at Structural Repairs we are extremely experienced at banishing these destructive beetles with appropriate treatments, and repairing the damage they wreak on the structural integrity of your property.

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The Common Furniture Beetle is the most frequent culprit, but in Surrey and surrounds in particular the House Longhorn Beetle is particularly prevalent, causing severe damage in softwood timber.

Other types of wood borers are the Powder Post Beetle, Death Watch Beetle and Wood Boring Weevils.

If you suspect any of these nasty little creatures has invaded your property, it’s best to call in expert help immediately. Structural Repairs will inspect the building to determine which type of borer has infested your timber structures, whether it is still active, and how extensive the infestation is.

Once we have fully investigated the signs of beetle activity we can tell you what treatment we need to employ, and whether any timber needs to be replaced or repaired.

Another of our areas of expertise is the treatment and eradication of fungal infestation in timber, commonly known as wet or dry rot.

Wet rot is a frequently encountered problem. There are at least 50 types of fungi that can gain a foothold and begin to grow on wet timber in the fabric of a building. The timber becomes soft and decayed, with longitudinal cracks. We set to work to locate and cure the source of the moisture that is making the timber wet, then identify the rot affected timbers, remove them and replace them with new pre-treated timber.

Fortunately, wet rot is a localised problem and does not usually spread to the surrounding masonry and walls.

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Dry rot?is also a fungal infestation, caused by the growth of the fungus Serpula lacrymans, which needs just air, water, and timber to thrive. Dry rot can send out its spores and spread through the whole structure of the building, causing extensive damage.

Dry rot is a serious problem and one that needs to be dealt with fast and effectively by a specialist.

Eradicating the fungus is an intensive process which involves first resolving the source of moisture, stripping out all the affected timber, reinstating the timber with new pre-treated timber, and even removing and replacing plaster and masonry if necessary.

Dry rot can be identified by a damp, mushroom smell in the building, fine reddish spore dust coating surfaces, cracked timber, fungal growths on door or window frames, around skirtings or ceiling cornices.

All our work on woodworm, dry rot and wet rot is covered by an insurance backed guarantee so you can rest assured that when our experts have finished, the problem will be totally eradicated.

Don’t delay because time is of the essence in preventing structural damage caused by woodworm, dry rot and wet rot. Call us for a consultation today.

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Properties in London, Surrey, Middlesex and Berkshire are particularly prone to infestation by certain types of wood boring beetle (commonly known as woodworm) which attack timber down to the core, and therefore can cause structural damage.

The infestation recognisable by the small holes visible on the timber surfaces is caused when the larvae of the beetles burrow and tunnel into the timber to pupate and transform into adult beetles.

Adults live for a few days during which time they mate and lay eggs on the surface of the wood; then they die, the eggs hatch and the whole cycle repeats.

Here at Structural Repairs we are extremely experienced at banishing these destructive beetles with appropriate treatments, and repairing the damage they wreak on the structural integrity of your property.

The Common Furniture Beetle is the most frequent culprit, but in Surrey and surrounds in particular the House Longhorn Beetle is particularly prevalent, causing severe damage in softwood timber.

Other types of wood borers are the Powder Post Beetle, Death Watch Beetle and Wood Boring Weevils.

If you suspect any of these nasty little creatures has invaded your property, it’s best to call in expert help immediately. Structural Repairs will inspect the building to determine which type of borer has infested your timber structures, whether it is still active, and how extensive the infestation is.

Once we have fully investigated the signs of beetle activity we can tell you what treatment we need to employ, and whether any timber needs to be replaced or repaired.

Another of our areas of expertise is the treatment and eradication of fungal infestation in timber, commonly known as wet or dry rot.

Wet rot is a frequently encountered problem. There are at least 50 types of fungi that can gain a foothold and begin to grow on wet timber in the fabric of a building. The timber becomes soft and decayed, with longitudinal cracks. We set to work to locate and cure the source of the moisture that is making the timber wet, then identify the rot affected timbers, remove them and replace them with new pre-treated timber.

Fortunately, wet rot is a localised problem and does not usually spread to the surrounding masonry and walls.

Dry rot is also a fungal infestation, caused by the growth of the fungus Serpula lacrymans, which needs just air, water, and timber to thrive. Dry rot can send out its spores and spread through the whole structure of the building, causing extensive damage.

Dry rot is a serious problem and one that needs to be dealt with fast and effectively by a specialist.

Eradicating the fungus is an intensive process which involves first resolving the source of moisture, stripping out all the affected timber, reinstating the timber with new pre-treated timber, and even removing and replacing plaster and masonry if necessary.

Dry rot can be identified by a damp, mushroom smell in the building, fine reddish spore dust coating surfaces, cracked timber, fungal growths on door or window frames, around skirtings or ceiling cornices.

All our work on woodworm, dry rot and wet rot is covered by an insurance backed guarantee so you can rest assured that when our experts have finished, the problem will be totally eradicated.

Don’t delay because time is of the essence in preventing structural damage caused by woodworm, dry rot and wet rot. Call us for a consultation today.

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