Have you spotted some small round holes on timber surfaces or weakened floorboards? This may suggest that your property is suffering from an active woodworm infestation. Specialists in woodworm treatment, Richardson & Starling can help you to regain control over your woodworm problem. Contact our Edinburgh branch today to consult with one of our property surveyors or to book a property survey.
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What Causes Woodworm?
Main causes of woodworm:
- Migrating beetles being attracted towards damp timber
- Infested furniture being brought into the property
- Infected timber being used during property construction
- Firewood brought into property containing woodworm or eggs which will later hatch and spread
Furniture, firewood or driftwood can act as a vehicle for woodworm to be transported into your home. Leaks or incorrect insulation within properties are likely to cause decayed wood which woodworm are attracted to. Therefore, people should aim to check the timber in their property on a regular basis to identify any potential woodworm as quickly as possible. Woodworm can have devastating consequences on your property if the problem is not eradicated swiftly. Property owners must do everything they possibly can to prevent the emergence of woodworm in their property.
How To Identify Woodworm
Until the woodworm infestation has spread considerably it can be incredibly hard to spot. Most woodworm damage will be done deep within the timber which people are incapable of identifying. However, woodworm can provide some signs that may indicate your property is suffering as a result of their actions.
Signs of Woodworm:
- Small holes in timber where adult woodworm beetles have exited
- Visible ‘frass’ or bore dust around exiting holes
- Tunnels in the timber
- Weakened or damaged floorboards
- Live or dead beetles surrounding the potentially affected area
If you suspect your property may be suffering from some of these signs, contact our Edinburgh office today where you can speak with one of our preservation specialists. Our specialist can provide free advice or arrange a survey to fully assess the extent of the damage. Alternatively, you can visit our Woodworm FAQ page to allow you to get a better understanding of the key signs of woodworm affecting your home.
Woodworm Treatment & Prevention
Woodworm have a three-year life cycle, and as a result, you may not become aware of your problem for several years. Woodworm infestation can be resolved by applying a residual insecticide to the areas which are affected. This is a chemical product which should only be administered by professional woodworm treatment contractors. Self-treatment is very unlikely to work with woodworm infestations. Essential tools such as a borescope are used by our specialists. Tools like this allow our specialists to determine the scale of the problem in hard to access areas which people administering self-treatment would not be able to get to. This means that you will fail to eradicate your woodworm problem entirely, whereas Richardson & Starling’s specialists offer a 30-year transferable guarantee that demonstrates the confidence in their work quality.
What our specialist will do:
- Extensively survey the area to determine the scale of the infestation, utilising technology such as the borescope
- Determine whether the infestation is still active or not
- Specify the most suitable treatment solution
- If required, our specialists can remove the infested timbers and replace them with healthy timber
The key to stopping woodworm from causing irreparable damage to your property is identifying them early. Once the damage from woodworm has become visible this means that the quality of the timber may have been seriously weakened affecting the structural foundations of your property. After our specialists have analysed your situation appropriately, they will then carry out the necessary treatment to solve your woodworm problem. Depending on the extent of your problem our specialists will either provide a chemical solution or will replace the infested timbers with healthy pre-treated timber. If you’re feeling intimidated by this prospect don’t worry! Every situation is different and our specialist will select the most appropriate solution for your individual predicament.
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Our qualified rot surveyor will closely investigate the affected area and measure the scale of the problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of property problems that could affect your property such as woodworm, rot or damp. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what problem is identified.
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After eight decades of successful property surveys and repairs, we’re confident to offer you a 30 Year Guarantee that transfers with the Property.
Richardson & Starling are long-standing members of the Property Care Association (PCA) and the Guarantee Protection Insurance scheme (GPI). This demonstrates our ability to meet technical and financial requirements to offer an insurance back-up to our own long term guarantees if you would like this.
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