Monthly Archives: June 2018

Has Wet Weather Left Your Property Vulnerable to Wet Rot ?

You may associate timber rot, dry or wet, with the cool air, condensation and dampness that exists in the colder months, but this is only partly correct; it is wise to be on the alert during every season to the possibility of a wet rot issue presenting itself.

Wet Weather Left Your Property Vulnerable

When a 50% moisture level is present, often due to poor ventilation, a plumbing issue, blocked guttering, a leaking roof, window or door, even in the middle of a hot summer’s day, a property’s timber can be under attack. Given the right conditions the airborne spores which create wet rot can embed and fruit as they spread. This potentially causes serious and sometimes structural risks.

Wet rot is also known as cellar fungus, in Latin, Coniophora Puteana; fungal growth, discoloured, weak and damp spongy timber accompanied by a musty smell are common signs.

Being proactive and checking for possible blockages and repairs is a key way to protect the timber, and if you find fungi, please don’t ignore it.

Always Contact Timber Specialists

If you suspect a wet rot problem, please call in proven experts at the earliest opportunity.

Wet rot treatment must be administered by timber specialists, like the team at the renowned Thames Valley Timber Treatment, and a full initial survey carried out to establish whether it is wet rot or another issue, and its severity.

Please do not guess or use DIY treatments, these can prove less effective, in the worst cases, a waste of time and money. It’s likely that a maintenance, insurance or mortgage agreement stipulates that only accredited professionals are acceptable when treating wet rot.

You may not welcome the fee for professional wet rot treatments, but timber specialists have the qualifications, experience, under license treatments and partnerships with industry treatment manufacturers which secure their clients peace of mind, a lasting solution and 20-30 years guarantees on work.

Don’t make a costly error of judgement

Untrained DIY’ers tend to treat too great or too small an expanse of timber, spreading hazardous chemicals liberally and creating risks on site which can be avoided, or they leave timber vulnerable.

It is very easy for a novice to mis-identify the timber rot and treat the wrong one which can prove counterproductive.

If eliminating wet rot was unskilled work and a 5-minute DIY task, why would there be professionals? Firms exist because there is a demand for them and their operatives’ expertise, irrespective of how many over the counter treatments appear on the shelves.

Wet rot treatment includes:

  • After a site visit, a comprehensive written survey with treatment recommendations is provided to the client.
  • The cause of the increased moisture levels must be repaired or removed.
  • Timber specialists apply treatments to salvageable wood.
  • The damaged timber is replaced.
  • The new timber is treated.
  • Timbers in susceptible areas receive wet rot treatment.

You may believe that wet rot won’t occur in your property, but so did almost everyone else who has encountered it. Be prepared against timber issues, whatever the … Read More

Discreet Rodent Control Experts

When you need to call in a local pest control services provider, please don’t be embarrassed. Pests are a fact of life.

At Pest Control Berkshire, sensitive to the dread that clients feel about vermin pest control, they wear unmarked uniforms and drive plain vehicles; they pride themselves on discretion.

Local pest controllers from leading firms have the most effective and pocket friendly solutions, health and safety knowledge, pest related expertise and experience. Rodent control is a key focus area for pest control specialists because the populations are increasing to staggering numbers. It is estimated that there are over 15 million rats in the UK and Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire have their fair share to contend with.

Rodents are opportunists who appreciate access to a warm, safe home, food and water, rather like us.

Vermin Pest Control Requires Quick Strategic Thinking

The Brown Rat, Black Rat and the House Mouse are common problems in the UK.

House Mice, Mus Domesticus, are active throughout the year and are distinguishable by their large eyes and ears and small feet. They are 7-10cm in length plus a similar length tail and they can weigh anywhere from 12-30 grams. They particularly enjoy cereals and eat around 3 grams of food per day. They reach maturity by 12 weeks and have up to 8 litters per year of up to 16 babies.

The Brown Rat, Rattus Norvegicus, also called the Norway Rat, is a common pest but rest assured, it was the Black Rat, Rattus Rattus, which carried the plague. The Brown Rat is the only kind that lives in sewers.

Approximately 40cm in length, the tail is shorter than its sturdy body.  This rat has a blunt nose and small ears. They will eat up to 30 grams of food, whatever they can gather, per day. Although they’ll eat almost anything to survive, they won’t obligingly dine on poison because the humans want them to.  They’ll scurry to their friends and tell them about a suspected hazard. Super-rats have evolved so that they are resistant to many over the counter treatments and eat them unaffected, even going back for second helpings.

They reach maturity by 12 weeks, have up to 6 litters per year of up to 8 young.

A local pest control operative knows that cunning and outwitting the intelligent vermin is essential to success; it can often be a progressive process rather than a one hit eradication.

Enjoy peace of mind and comprehensive results

Pest Control Berkshire’s local pest control services are registered under the BASIS PROMPT scheme.

To achieve membership in the PROMPT scheme, a firm must possess one of the following qualifications:

  • The RSPH/BPCA Level 2 Award or Level 2 Certificate in pest control or above.
  • The Royal Society of Health Pest Control Certificate.
  • The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Diploma, Part I or II.

Technicians are trained by the British Pest Control Association and the company is certified by the Royal Society for Public Health. Specialists are regulated under … Read More