Understanding different types of timber rot are vital for homeowners, if you miss the signs that your timbers have been affected then it could have some devastating effects.

If timbers in your property haven’t been treated or have been neglected for a few years they can develop some nasty issues that can be quite costly. If the issues aren’t picked up before in the beginning stages the problem can worsen and become quite hard to treat which may result in you completely replacing them.

Your timbers should be inspected at least twice a year, once at the beginning of winter and then again at the beginning of spring as these seasons are the most likely time that your timbers will develop issues such as rot or infestation.

Timbers are most vulnerable during these seasons because of the shift in weather conditions, at the start of winter insects are looking for a place to hibernate and also food, if your timbers aren’t treated properly they become the ideal living place for woodworm.

Also during the change in seasons, the temperature starts to rise, if there is moisture in the air it will start to condense and latch itself onto your timbers, it’s then absorbed and that can cause wet rot.

Equally, if your timbers dry out too much when spring shifts into summer your timbers may develop dry rot.

Here are some of the primary symptoms of some of the main causes of timber damage:

Dry Rot

  • Your timbers giving off a strange odour
  • Your look dry and brittle and start to crumble when touched
  • Excessive dust clouds

Wet Rot

  • Timbers are discoloured usually a lot darker
  • Soft or spongy feel when touched
  • Timbers aren’t straight anymore
  • A damp and musty smell

Woodworm Infestation

  • Small round holes
  • Grooves that look similar to engravings on your timbers.
  • Patches of dust known as bore dust
  • Wood crumbles when touched
  • Live beetles crawling around on the timber itself.

If you’re having trouble understanding different types of timber rot or come across timber rot issues such as the problems explained earlier then don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’re experts in structural repairs and have experienced structural engineers that are more than happy to help.


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