Established 2001

01896-754109

We are a Biokil-Crown Approved Contractor

Biokil-Crown are one of the UK's largest manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals to the remedial repair sector, offering a 30 year protected Guarantee scheme

Dry Rot

The last thing any property owner wants to hear, is that they have dry rot.

Woodworm

Insect infestation can cause severe structural damage to your property if left unattended.

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The Borders Property Preservation and Remedial Repair Experts
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?
  2. What are the first signs of dry rot?
  3. Why do I need to treat timber with non-active woodworm?
  4. Are your surveys free?
  5. Are there any health and hygiene concerns during treatment?
  6. Can I decorate once the work has been finished?

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What is the difference between dry rot and wet rot?

  • Wet rot is generally found in external timbers or when a regular source of water is given to the timber (i.e. a leaking pipe). It stays local to the source of moisture and the timber is damp to the touch.
  • Dry rot can grow far from the source of the moisture with evidence of a white/grey coloured growth over the timber. There are often signs of a white fungal growth, called a fruiting body, which emits rust coloured spore dust into the surrounding area. The timber shows signs of cubing (large squarish cracks) and looses any structural properties it had.
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What are the first sign of dry rot ?

  • This can depend on several factors, but in most cases cracking of internal timbers, such as skirting boards and door facings, will indicate something sinister going on behind. Often a musty smell will be noted in and around the affected area. A fruiting body (fungal like plant) may appear, small to start with, then growing larger by the day. Often with dry rot, the fungal attack may have caused a lot of hidden damage to structural timbers, before making an appearance.
  • Externally, tell tales signs of a property liable to fungal attack, are damp walls due to leaking gutters and/or cracked downpipes. A large proportion of the dry rot we treat is started by defective rain water goods and leaking roofs.
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Why do I need to treat timber with non-active woodworm?

  • You do not need to treat timber with woodworm holes but no signs of the timber containing active woodworm. If left untreated, woodworm may return to lay fresh eggs on the timbers, but this may not always happen. If the condition of the timber has changed (may become drier with the installation of central heating) then woodworm may never return. The problem is, that there is no guarantee they will not return without treatment. If you are selling your property and you have timbers with woodworm flight holes, the property surveyor will pick up on it, if there is no evidence that the timbers have been treated. Your potential purchaser will want a guarantee that woodworm will not return and this is why it is always best to treat the timbers.
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Are your surveys free ?

  • Surveys for the owner of the property are free within a 20 mile radius of Galashiels. We may have to charge a fee out with our local area to cover travel costs. We will give free advice on the problem and an estimate, if required, for any remedial repairs.
  • Surveys for potential purchasers will often have to be charged for. We may offer to carry out a free survey on a potential purchase if in the Galashiels area. If we do charge for a survey, this cost will be deducted from any estimate given if we are awarded the works within 90 days of the survey date.
  • If you require a full written report, this will be charged for. The cost of the report will depend on the size of the property and the extent of the remedial repairs required.
  • We DO NOT provide surveys to tenants of properties. Ask your landlord to contact us if you require a survey for any of our remedial services.
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Are there any health and hygiene concerns during treatment?

  • Preservation works in the home will impact on the daily running of the household. How much, will depend on the extent of the works. Major dry rot repairs may result in enough disruption that it would be best for those living in the property to move out during the works. The majority of works we do, are carried out with little disruption to the household.
  • Click the PDF logo to view a list of pre-treatment guidelines for property owners.
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Can I decorate once the work has been finished?

  • This will depend on the type of treatment that has been carried out. If you have had damp proofing works and the walls have been re-plastered with renovating plaster, special guidelines on decoration will need to be followed.
  • Click the PDF logo for an information sheets regarding decoration after remedial works.
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