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At What Point Will Timber Begin to Decay?

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At What Point Will Timber Begin to Decay?

When it comes to timber, the number one enemy is damp as moisture will penetrate and accelerate the decaying process without you even realising it is happening. It doesn’t take much, with moisture contents as low as 20% proving to be enough to cause an issue.

If you are currently in the process of seeking out a London damp specialist, you need the peace of mind that the company you call upon is fully up to the job at hand. Here at Avant Garde Damp Solutions, we clearly explain how and why a problem has occurred, as well as offering the perfect solution to eradicating an infestation.

Timber and Moisture – a Match Made in Hell

Wood and water do not gel together very well at all, especially when it comes to the structure of your home. This is why buildings are fitted with a DPC (Damp Proof Course) to prohibit rising damp from penetrating any timber beams in the property. If any timber structure has been affected, it is already bad news and you need to act quickly.

It can take from as little as just 20% moisture content for timber to weaken. Over time, this will happen naturally, but the presence of damp will accelerate deterioration which can result in costly repairs. 

Timber is most at risk in very humid areas of the property with poor ventilation, such as the loft or basement. Firstly, because of the heightened levels of moisture in the air and, secondly, because these will be the areas of the property that the owner is least likely to check. It is important to make a habit of regularly checking these areas, especially when you consider that a moisture content of 35% is all it can take for wood-rotting fungi to flourish.

Basement Tanking from London Damp Specialists

One of the most popular and cost-effective methods of protecting your basement from damp is through basement tanking. This is where the entire basement in fitted with waterproof material, turning it into a dry room. Although this may sound like a big job, when the project is conducted by Avant Garde Damp Solutions’ team of experts working alongside a PCA trained and qualified C.S.S.W. (Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing), your basement or cellar can be waterproofed with minimal fuss.

Timber Treatment

If you are in the position where timber has been affected by damp and is in need of urgent attention, calling our team should be your next course of action. In over 15 years of offering timber treatment, we have quite literally seen it all and are confident that we can offer the solution you are looking for.

Our team of London damp specialists are nothing if not thorough, which means that you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned and cut no corners as we treat your property.

For more information on basement tanking and timber treatment, or any of our other services, please get in touch with our experts today.


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