Woodworm Treatment in Streatham, 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 boring of tunnels by insects in wood can make the wood significantly weaker. The devastating effect of woodworm means that roofs are left open to the elements, and people living in affected properties do not have any long-term security. These wood-boring insects – also called ‘woodworm’ can cause considerable damage to structural timbers of the property; as well as furniture, skirting boards, and in some cases sub-flooring.

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.

They cause damage to softwood timber by the female laying her eggs in the moist timber. The grubs then hatch and start to tunnel through the wood, leaving behind them a passageway of rubble and dust which accumulates at each end of their tunneling route.

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What are the signs of woodworm

The most common warning sign of woodworm infestation is visible tunnels and burrows on the wood surface as the insect bores into the wood. You may not see any beetles or signs of damage for some time, which can be confusing as to what is going on. It usually only becomes apparent that the woodworm is at work when the wood starts to rot, creating little piles of sawdust-like pellets. We all want a home that’s dry, warm, and free from pests that destroy our property. That’s why it is vital to look out for tell-tale signs of woodworm. Check your property regularly for signs of woodworm. This is to make sure you have it treated before the infestation becomes severe.

Damp Proofing Can Help Prevent

  • Rising / Penetrating Damp
  • Ingress of Water
  • Salt Crystallization
  • Plaster Breakdown
  • Damp Staining
  • Wet Rot / Dry Rot

Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Streatham

Woodworm is a common problem in many areas of Streatham; it causes serious structural damage to buildings. 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, an infestation can spread to other parts of a structure if the source of the woodworm isn’t resolved. Pets can inadvertently carry the larvae of woodworm from one part of your property to another. The worst thing about woodworm… is that they can also quickly tunnel through the wall of your home while spreading into your property.

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

If you’ve noticed small holes in your furniture or the flooring, this could be a sign of an infestation by these parasites. As there are legal and health & safety issues related to treating woodworm, it’s crucial that you chose leading experts 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. Different types of woodworm and infestations may look the same from the outside but that’s where similarities end. They come in different shapes, sizes and prefer eating different types of wood. There is a type of woodworm for every different type of wood. Some only feed on hardwoods while some deal with loft timbers. Although some homeowners may use a DIY treatment for woodworm they really do not know its type. Having dealt with woodworm infestation for the past 10 years, we are aware of how disruptive it can be. The professionals at Southern Damp Proofing are focused on keeping your home safe and sound.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Streatham

For many years now, we have been successfully tackling the woodworm infestation problem in – and around – the Streatham. Our company is operated by professional contractors which can use a variety of methods to tackle the problem on each individual customer’s property. Our aim is to not only repair the damage caused by woodworm but to also eliminate the root of the problem by providing solutions. Whether you’re a landlord or a homeowner, we are here to help you. With an average woodworm treatment in 1 day, Southern Damp Proofing has over 10 years of experience in internal and external timber, timber-frame, and decorative timbers treatments. We don’t charge any upfront fees for quotes, all you have to do is give us a call or Ping us an email.

Our team of experts works promptly and efficiently to ensure we not only meet but exceed your expectations. We will first survey your home to assess the damage caused and know the technique and equipment needed to get the job done. After a thorough survey, we will take the time to communicate all your options, you can be assured of the best possible service.

We always wear our face masks and protective clothing. That way we know we’re ready to serve you better while eradicating woodworm from your properties.

For health and safety, care should be taken to ensure that the treatment is well ventilated during and after application. After allowing 6 to 8 hours for drying time, the area can be reopened and re-occupied. 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 Streatham

You can count on the staff at Southern Damp Proofing for specific solutions and expert advice that caters to your home’s unique needs. We have experienced and specialized teams to carry out the most complete woodworm treatments. W have a Professional team 10 years of experience in the industry. Our damp proofing treatments are covered by a 10-year guarantee against woodworm, rising damp and rot. Reliable and honest company With demand higher than ever before, we allow you to make 6 months earlier bookings with our services. We are open 5 days a week.

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Streatham

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Streatham

  • Detail inspection of the property
  • Woodworm identification
  • Deciding on the suitable treatment solution.
  • Chemical treatment application.
  • Removal and replacement of any infected or compromised timber in your home with the highest quality products.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Streatham

Woodworm treatment is one of the most important services we provide. We offer woodworm treatment in a way that best suits the building. We only use top of the line products and equipment to ensure that the infestation is fully eliminated.

Our surveyors will search your property for any signs of the presence of woodworm and will work with you to find the best and most cost-effective way to eradicate the problem. We are only ever involved with using environmentally sustainable methods in our work in order to treat woodworm. 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 treated, a suitable wood preservative will be used to help prevent future infestations. If you suspect an existing or past infestation we recommend that you either call us on 020 7971 1329 to book a survey with one of our Woodworm Experts.

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Identifying and Removing Woodworms in Streatham

Woodworm and similar pests always target untreated structural wood including flooring and roof timbers/joists. Infestations can spread to joinery and common furniture, giving them an unsightly and crumbling look. Choosing the right woodworm treatment is important; there are many different brands and options, as well as lots of products on the market. Some woodworm treatment products are for inside your house and others only work outside while some can be used both inside and outside of your home. Pets and children can return to using the affected surfaces once the treated items have dried. In terms of smell, this is largely present if the woodworm treatment is solvent-based.

Solvent-based products have very strong smells that can be difficult to handle, while water-based products have a much lighter smell. It would be best to leave the house while the treatment is carried out. We work with our clients to find a date and time that is perfect 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 Streatham 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. It’s cheaper to treat a woodworm problem early, rather than after a full-blown infestation. But if your house has been infested with woodworms and many structural elements have rotted and need to be replaced at great expense. 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 Streatham

We provide affordable solutions to those who have experienced Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles and those at risk of its impact; all carried out in a courteous and professional manner. We‘ve worked on historic buildings, homes, commercial properties, businesses, churches, and museums. Our expertise ranges from small projects to extensive restoration regardless of the size. 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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