R C Property Care, are property preservation, maintenance & refurbishment specialists offering a reliable and personal service throughout the South West.


 
 

Treatments offered with a comprehensive Insurance Backed Guarantee.

Property Preservation & Damp Specialists.

Dampness in all buildings can arise from a number of different sources and in order to control this dampness it is essential to firstly understand the buildings construction before repair can take place, particularly when dealing with period buildings. Damp is of great concern to many property owners and features heavily in many building surveys, but it is often misunderstood resulting in inappropriate and ineffective repair measures and treatment, which in some cases only deal with the symptoms of dampness and not the true causes. However the problems of dampness should not be underestimated. Moisture in any building can result in decorative spoiling, plaster staining, mould growth and unhealthy and uncomfortable living conditions for its occupants. Excess moisture can also lead to render and plaster damage, salt contamination, erosion of brick and stone work and more importantly is likely to lead to the development of wood rotting fungal decay’ wet and dry rot’.

Timber is one of the most versatile building materials that we have available to us, the reason for this is that it can be replaced, i.e. it can be regrown. However, because it is organic material it can therefore be de-graded and whilst it is a replaceable commodity, its replacement can be very expensive.

Fungal Decay, wet rot and dry rot is responsible for thousands of pounds worth of damage to buildings every year, due to poor maintenance and repair, resulting in the degeneration of roof, floor and joinery timbers which can eventually result in structural collapse and weakening of the buildings fabric.

Wood Boring Beetles, can also if left to their own devices and in the right conditions cause serious damage to timbers again resulting in structural collapse and weakening of roof and floor timbers as well as joinery.

However chemical treatment of structural timbers is not always a requirement, particularly when dealing with woodworm. Flight holes left by exiting insects will remain present, although this is not an indication that the infestation is active. A full investigation of the property by a competent and experienced survey can general identify areas of potential risk to fungal decay and insect attack which will lead to preventative measures being recommended, such as improved ventilation and isolation of structural / joinery timbers and when chemical treatment is deemed to be necessary this would normally be targeted to the areas of concern.

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