Woodworm Treatment in Eltham, London

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What is Woodworm?

The term woodworm is used to describe the adult insect, as well as the larva inside the affected timber. The common furniture beetle is a type of woodworm that infests timber furniture and structural timber in buildings. Inside, the larvae bore “holes” making galleries, eating their way through to the underside of the timber, and come out as adult beetles. The tens or hundreds of channels bored by the beetle larvae in the wood decrease the tensile strength of the timber. Over time, the effect of woodworm has been known to cause roofs and floors to collapse and structural beams to weaken to the point of collapse. Woodworm can attack your furniture and timber structures all year round, as well as the larvae burrowing into and impacting your home.

Types of Woodworms

The House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus). and the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) is the widely known woodworms that attack timber.

This family of insects is known as the Anobiidae and contains all species that infest dead or dying wood.

These insects damage buildings by eating wood. The grubs eat the wood while they are still in their larval stage and then turn into adults. This causes the wood to become hollowed out.

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What are the signs of woodworm

The first thing to look for is borings, holes, or tunnels in the timber and visible sawdust where an insect has bored its way through. You may not see any beetles or signs of damage for some time, which can be confusing as to what is going on. Look out for tiny holes appearing on the floor and ceiling of your furniture. These could be the result of woodworm activity. It is important to recognise the signs of woodworm, so you don’t have to worry about any destructive repercussions. You are encouraged to inspect your property for signs of woodworm so you can treat it before the situation becomes a serious problem.

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Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Eltham

Woodworm is probably the most common pest in Eltham. They infect timber and furniture, causing damage to houses and other buildings and leaving a dangerous situation for occupiers. Woodworm doesn’t just destroy wood, it destroys your furniture. This includes tables, chairs, cupboards, and decking that you’ve spent time and money on. Woodworm is mostly found in untreated, damp softwood. This is usually within the first 10mm of any external wooden structure.

However, if your roof has already been infected, it is important to take care of the problem. Otherwise, the woodworm can move into other parts of your home. If your pets are kept out of infected areas they will reduce the risk of carrying woodworm into the rest of your property. Woodworm can spread through the walls of a building, destroying entire floors and attic spaces.

How do I know when I need to use a woodworm treatment

Small holes in your properties, especially furniture could be a sign of an infestation by these parasites. As there are certain legal and health & safety rules and regulations that must be followed when treating woodworm, it’s paramount that you chose specialists in the field. Woodworm treatment is something you want to take seriously as a homeowner.

Should you Deal With Woodworm Yourself or call in professionals

It’s always worth asking a trusted professional to check your property for signs of woodworm. When it comes to treating woodworm, you should always be sure of the type of beetle eating your property. You wouldn’t want to spray insecticide everywhere without first knowing what you’re dealing with. There is a type of woodworm for every different type of wood. Some only feed on hardwoods while some deal with loft timbers. Mild cases of woodworm can be treated by the homeowner through a DIY treatment. At Southern Damp Proofing, we work with expert craftsmen who not only understand the importance of dry and warm homes for all but also the value of using the correct chemical insecticides in time.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Eltham

Our highly trained and experienced expert team will be on hand to discuss your damp proofing needs and provide you with a detailed plan to protect your home from the risk of damp. At Southern Damp Proofing, we aim to complete every project in the most professional manner possible. We provide prompt and friendly service, whilst understanding our customers’ needs. At Southern Damp Proofing, we want to ensure that our customers are pleased with our services. That’s why we offer a free survey and a 10-year guarantee. We’ll give you the attention and service you deserve, with free quotes and no hidden costs.

Our qualified surveyor will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, checking for any signs of damage or infestation and, if necessary, taking samples for analysis. After a thorough survey, we will take the time to communicate all your options, you can be assured of the best possible service.

To keep you, your home, and everyone safe, we wear the appropriate, protective clothing and face mask when applying woodworm treatments.

The treatment needs to dry out completely before the property can be re-occupied. The length of time for drying will vary depending on the woodworm treatment that is being used. We leave the wood to cure for 48 hours before we apply any top-coat such as paint, oil, or varnish. This allows the treated wood to fully transform into a stable and hard material.

Why choose Southern Damp Proofing for your woodworm treatment and Timber Repair in Eltham

At Southern Damp Proofing, we have a team of qualified experts at your service. We have experienced and specialized teams to carry out the most complete woodworm treatments. Team of experts in the industry We have been in the business for over 10 years We offer you a 10 years guarantee on all woodworm treatments Independent, and family-run company We’ve made it extremely easy and convenient for you to book our services. And, you can do so up to 6 months in advance. We are open Mondays to Fridays

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Eltham

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Eltham

  • Detail inspection of the property
  • Getting to the type of the woodworm
  • Deciding on the right treatment approach
  • Treating the property with the right chemical
  • Replacement of the affected timber with new and tested products of a similar appearance.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Eltham

It’s our job to keep you safe – so you can enjoy your home worry-free. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to woodworm treatments. We provide a tailor-made solution to meet your property needs. We only use top of the line products and equipment to ensure that the infestation is fully eliminated.

Subject to instructions given, our certified surveyors will comb your property for any signs of woodworm. People that use our services get to enjoy peace of mind knowing that their woodworm treatment has been carried out using environmentally friendly products. From office spaces to residential homes, our experts will ensure that your building is safely rid of the infestation and any signs of rot. To protect your property from woodworm spread, we offer a complete treatment service to all hard surfaces.

This includes just about every timber surface in your home, so if you are concerned about the appearance of your property, there’s no need to worry. Once you have treated the wood, it will be safe from woodworm and its damage. Kill woodworm before it causes serious damage to your property. Call us on 020 7971 1329 to book a survey.

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Identifying and Removing Woodworms in Eltham

Woodworms can attack timber in all kinds of buildings – new and old. They are always after untreated wood structures. Woodworm can be more than just a nuisance from an aesthetic point of view. It can spread to joinery and common furniture. There are many companies selling different products in the Eltham market. Some are for outdoor woodworm treatments while others are for indoor and some can be used for indoor and outdoor woodworm treatment. Wooden surfaces treated with a woodworm killer are safe for pets and children once the treatment has fully dried. The solvent-based treatment has a very strong smell which needs to be aired after treatment.

Solvent-based products have a much stronger smell than water-based equivalents. Therefore it’s recommended no one should be in the vicinity of the area to be treated for 8 hours. We discuss with our clients to schedule a treatment at a time that is convenient for them. Our top of the range equipment and expertise enables us to find woodworms and treat your property in a non-invasive manner that is guaranteed to bring long term, permanent results.

How much does a woodworm treatment in Eltham cost

The cost of treating woodworms will depend on how far-reaching the infestation is, the type of timber concerned, and the extent to which it is structurally compromised. When treated early, it is less costly to eradicate woodworm issues. A widespread infestation one, however, would require a complete overhaul and replacement of key structural elements of your home. We offer woodworm treatment advice for free, as well as woodworm treatment advice. Contact us now on 020 7971 1329!

Book your Woodworm Survey in Eltham

Southern Damp Proofing offers comprehensive, cost-effective treatments for Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles in Eltham. Our customer service and workmanship are second to none. We take pride in every job we perform whether big or small and are confident that you will be completely satisfied. We can help you eliminate the blight of woodworm forever. Call us today on 020 7971 1329!

FAQs

Is woodworm infestation a serious problem?

Some of these wood-boring beetles do not cause any real damage to furniture. However, the Longhorn Beetle has an appetite for softwood which can cause major damage to your property.

How can Identify a house that has a woodworm?

Woodworm can pose a significant risk to the structural integrity of a building that’s why you should check before buying any house. Properly inspecting the property by professionals is effective to know if the house is safe. If you have bought a property and the survey company says there is no woodworm, but in the future you detect woodworm, and they said in the report that there was no woodworm present; this will help to ensure that you can take action against them if it was there when they did their survey checks.

You can check for woodworm yourself, but it may be hard to diagnose if you do not have adequate experience of what to look for.  Woodworms could be present in a home for many years without it being noticeable, and woodworm doesn’t just affect old homes, it can also affect very new homes.  If you aren’t entirely confident if the home you want to purchase has a woodworm or not, feel free to call us on 020 7971 1329X.

Woodworm is caused by what?

Woodworm is usually found in damp, poorly-ventilated places such as lofts, cellars, floors, and attics! If you want to stay clear of woodworm, you need a level of humidity in your home.

Is woodworm active in winter?

Not really, they are less active but once temperatures begin to rise they become more active. To avoid the winter, they often migrate to areas where the temperature is favorable to them.

Does the woodworm go away

If you’re thinking of buying a property which has been subject to an infestation of woodworm, make sure you have a plan in place. You can contact us.

Dry or wet wood; which is the woodworm’s favourite?

Woodworm will not live in wood that is already dry, so if you are checking to see whether or not there are any signs of infestation, then the first thing you need to do is check the moisture.

How can I eliminate woodworm from my property?

Don’t let woodworm damage your property. See how you can protect your home from the dangers of woodworm by calling 020 7971 1329X for professional advice.

My home is under the attack of a woodworm, how do I treat it?

Woodworm treatment depends entirely on the type of beetle causing the problem. Some DIY tips for getting rid of the woodworm problem can work, but it is best you take help from a pest control company.

Is Boron woodworm treatment safe?

Boron Ultra 12 has no vapour formula unlike most other boron products in the market. Some woodworm treatments contain some nasty chemicals. One of the most common is called cypermethrin, and it is not safe.

Are toxic substances included in the solution you use for woodworm treatment?

Our woodworm treatment is completely non-toxic and safe to use. However, treated areas should be avoided for up to 8 hours

Can I rely on your woodworm treatment to last long?

The woodworm treatment is durable and guaranteed to last 10 years, though the treatment should be effective for much longer than that.

Can house insurance help me recover from woodworms’ damages?

No, most house insurance policies will not cover you for woodworm.  You may want to talk to your house insurance company to include it as an addition.

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