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Timber Treatments & Brickwork

We help stop the rot in the wood and bricks throughout your property

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Timber Treatment


Identifying the type of fungal and insect attack is crucial, not only in stopping the problem but also in avoiding wasting money on unnecessary treatments. Different rots require various types of treatment, so with our experience and knowledge in this area, we will know exactly how to treat the problem. One of the surveyors will conduct a survey to identify the timber issue, giving you peace of mind that you are in safe hands.

Brickwork

Should you notice issues with cracking in your brickwork or plaster, please contact a member of our team. Structural issues are something that you should act on very quickly. Once contacted, we can carry out a survey to examine the issues that the property is experiencing. Wall tie surveys are conducted, and reports are issued regarding the condition and necessary recommendations.

Dry Rot

What is Dry Rot?

Dry rot is wood decay caused by certain species of fungi that digest parts of the wood, diminishing its strength and stiffness. The depletion of these components leaves the wood in a brown, brittle state, making it unsafe for any property.

The Problem

Dry rot is a severe form of wood decay that can devastate the wooden structure, causing it to turn a brown colour and eventually reducing the timber to a dry and crumbly consistency. If you observe red dust forming below timber structures around your property, the emergence of white fungal mushrooms from crevices, shrunken and dark discoloured wood, or a pungent mushroom smell, you may be facing a serious dry rot problem.

The Cause

Dry rot can occur when moisture content rises above 28%, typically due to water leaking directly onto the wood or if the timber is located next to damp masonry. High humidity and stagnant air can also contribute to timber being affected by dry rot.

The condition is triggered by moisture ingress and dampness within a property; this moisture can originate from various forms of dampness.

While dry rot spores exist in the atmosphere, they require the right conditions to initiate growth. Once they land on timber, they germinate and produce hyphae (fine strands of fungal growth). These hyphae strands combine to form a mass called Mycelium, which can vary in colour from grey to pure white. These strands grow into and across the damp wood and can also infiltrate materials such as plaster, mortars, and bricks. Its ability to grow over building materials in search of other timber is the reason it is feared so much, often referred to as the "cancer of buildings."

Dry Rot Treatments

We eliminate the source of damp, fuelling dry rot growth by providing a damp-proofing solution. Our team of dry rot specialists removes any affected wood or plastering, disposing of visible fungal growth and replacing materials as needed. We apply a fungicidal treatment to every piece of wood in the affected area.

Addressing dry rot promptly is crucial due to its severity. Neglecting treatment allows it to persist, feeding on and ultimately destroying the timbers in your property, posing serious consequences for the structural integrity.
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Wet Rot

What is Wet Rot?

Wet rot whilst not as serious condition as with dry rot, it still can create damage to your property.

Wet rot is a generic term used to define a variety of wet rot species such as Coniophora puteana (otherwise known as cellar fungus).

The Problem

Fungal organisms cause the decay of timber, attacking the wood in damp environments and causing considerable damage over time. Wet rot is an umbrella term for fungi such as Coniophora Puteana, Fibroporia Vaillanti and Phellinus Contiguus, which are all threats to timber. These fungi can crack the wood and through continued growth, worsen the situation.

The Cause

The reason these types of fungi appear can be due to high moisture content being present around the wood from insufficient damp proofing methods. Things such as condensation and lateral damp can encourage these micro bodies to develop into large harmful groups of spores which can be hazardous to not only your property, but also your health.

Wet rot generally starts due to issues such as faulty plumbing or poor ventilation to the sub floor area (void beneath the ground floor timber floor). As the timber starts to absorb the moisture it allows fungal spores to start growing.

If left to grow, wet rot begins to remove the strength of any timber it is affecting, resulting in timbers becoming structurally unsound. It is for this reason it is always important to act when you see wet rot.

Wet Rot Treatments

We can offer damp proofing solutions which will ensure that any wet rot problems are resolved, and moisture content in the timber reduces significantly. Our team can remove any weakened wood, and re-strengthen any areas that may have encountered rot damage. We will treat any of the wood we replace and any existing wood with a solution which protects it against future fungal infection.

Timber Treatments

Woodworm

Woodworm is a common term for various wood-boring insects that lay eggs in timber, and their larvae bore through the wood, creating a network of small tunnels that damage and weaken the structure. In the UK, there are four common types of woodworm:

  1. Common Furniture Beetle
  2. House Longhorn
  3. Death Watch Beetle
  4. Woodboring Weevil

All these insects invade and consume wood, leaving when they reach maturity.

Woodworm problems may not be clearly evident until damage becomes visible, so early identification is crucial before they cause further harm. If left untreated, the infestation can seriously weaken timber, leading to the structural failure of timbers.

Our team of specialist insect exterminators has the equipment and skills to completely rid your wood of any harmful pests. Our water-based treatment can be applied directly to the problem to eliminate the insects and provide a protective coating to prevent a reoccurrence of the issue. We also use "fogging," allowing termination to take place without the removal of carpets and floorboards, with the room ready for use in just 2 hours.

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)

The Problem

Structural wood can become weak and brittle which puts the safety of inhabitants at risk, as the timber could snap and the structure may completely collapse. Bore holes are visible on the surface of the wood, and traces of bore dust litter the area, making your building unclean and also unsafe.

The Cause

Woodworm can burrow into your timber structures and begin to disintegrate your wood. This is the most common of damaging pests; it creates a habitat within the wood and lays eggs which produce larva that burrow through the timber for 2-4 years.

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium Rufovillosum)

The Problem

Holes in the timber, bore dust, exposed tunneling in severe cases, and fungal decay can lead to structural damage in the building. This pest renders your wooden structures vulnerable to weakness and potential collapse.

The death watch beetle poses a significant threat once established inside wood. It commonly inhabits hardwood, with oak being particularly susceptible to attack. Its name is derived from its preference for old wooden beams in churches and the tapping noise it makes as a mating signal.

Other Wood Boring Beetles

The Problem

Holes and grooves on the timber's surface, along with the presence of fungal decay, can weaken the internal structure of the wood, making it susceptible to collapse when subjected to pressure or force.

The Cause

The house longhorn beetle, the wood boring weevil and the lyctus powderpost are other wood pests that pose major risks to any piece of wood within your building. If the insect becomes established in the material, it needs to be completely eradicated as soon as the problem is discovered to prevent any further damage.

Signs that suggest that you have a woodworm attack are:

  • Dead beetles: Usually found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
  • Adult beetles: They emerge from timbers between May and October.
  • Holes in timber: Round or oval-shaped with sharp edges, the holes will appear clean and fresh.
  • Tunnels in wood (galleries): These are often hard to see.
  • Bore dust (frass): Caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
  • Weak and soft floorboards: In extreme cases, due to the severity of the attack, the floorboards go through.
  • Wood that crumbles: Often to the corners or edges of roof joists or floorboards.
  • Woodworm larvae: Usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.
  • Eggs: Vary in size depending on the beetle, but all are difficult to spot with the naked eye.

Cavity Wall Tie Replacement

Cavity wall ties play a crucial role in connecting the visible protective outer cavity of brickwork or blockwork to the structural and load-bearing inner masonry skin of a building.

The primary cause of cavity wall tie failure is often age. Over time, the mortar bed between bricks or blocks undergoes chemical changes due to carbonation, leading to the mortar attacking the wall ties and resulting in a buildup of iron oxide, commonly known as rust. As each tie oxidises, layers of rust form and expand outward, pushing apart the mortar beds and causing visible cracks.

Cavity wall tie issues contribute to various internal and external wall faults, including:

  • Outward bulging of exterior walls
  • Horizontal cracking at regular intervals in external mortar joints
  • Raised roof edges
  • Internal wall cracks

The primary culprits behind these internal and external wall issues are the mild steel ties, prevalent in many houses built pre-1981. These ties are prone to intense corrosion, eventually leading to failure. Whether the failure is currently present in your walls or a looming issue, action may be necessary to prevent further damage to your cavity walls.

Faulty wall ties can result in horizontal cracks, bulges in your brickwork, and even the complete collapse of your outer cavity wall.

If you suspect wall tie failure in your property, consider arranging a survey. We will visit the property to inspect the condition of the wall ties.

After locating the tie, we assess its corrosion status and determine whether isolation or removal is necessary. Subsequently, new wall ties are installed, utilizing either mechanical or resin installation methods.

At Cannon Contractors, our team of cavity wall specialists employs a metal detector to precisely locate each cavity wall tie. Following identification, we use an endoscope for a thorough examination, and if further scrutiny is required, a single brick may be extracted for closer inspection. Our range includes stainless steel wall tie options with corrosion-resistant properties, ensuring prolonged service life. Depending on the masonry condition, ties are fitted using mechanical or resin-based methods.

Masonry Repairs

Buildings can deteriorate over time due to various factors such as weathering, subsidence, and construction work. This may necessitate stabilising the masonry to prevent further damage, ensuring the building remains safe.

Horizontal cracks or step cracks are common types of masonry repairs. Potential triggers for cracks include:

  • Insufficient restraint: Lack of wall ties, restraint straps, poor bonding, etc.
  • Ground movement: Subsidence, landslip, or heave.
  • Inadequate support: Localised foundation failure, lintel failure, masonry arch failure, etc.
  • Resizing: Expansion or shrinkage due to thermal or moisture variations.
  • Rusting metals: Wall tie corrosion, expansion of hoop irons or fixings, etc.

Before undertaking a crack repair, the cause of the fracture must be identified and eliminated. Crack repair strategies generally fall into two categories:

  1. Sub-structure repairs for below-ground foundation movement issues, typically an insured risk.
  2. Superstructure reinforcement for above-ground building defects, typically an uninsured risk.

Sub-structure repairs often involve underpinning or piling, while superstructure reinforcement includes structural repairs using helical bars for retrofitted brick beams or crack stitching. Replacement wall ties and restraints secure cavity or separating façade walls, and resin injection systems efficiently fill and seal cracks in walls.

We conduct a structural survey to determine the cause of the defect, which guides the appropriate repair work. Structural calculations are made to identify the correct material type to use.

At Cannon Contractors, we specialise in masonry stabilisation and building maintenance. Our team of building work specialists can repair various external building damages using our high-quality Helical Systems masonry reinforcement products. These products ensure convenient stabilisation work at affordable prices.

Repointing

The majority of homes in the UK share a common bond: mortar. Bricks, stone blocks, and other masonry units are typically laid in a bed of mortar, which serves to fill the gaps and protect the structure from water penetration.

As the structure ages, weathering causes it to soften and become absorbent, allowing water entry, a phenomenon we refer to as weathering.

Repointing involves renewing the "pointing," the external part of mortar joints in masonry construction. Over time, weathering and decay create voids in the joints between masonry units, typically in bricks, enabling water infiltration. Water entering through these voids can lead to significant damage from frost weathering and salt dissolution and deposition.

During repointing, the mortar is raked out using grinders, hand tools, and power tools, and the area is then cleaned for the installation of new mortar. Various pointing styles, such as weather pointing and bucket handle, can be applied.

Upon completing the repointing process, we often recommend treating the masonry with a waterproof cream.

Helen Burroughs
Helen Burroughs
From start to finish, Chris and Hayley have been amazing. Supporting my survey, supplying extra information needed from my lender and conducting the works on my new home. They are so understanding about the stressful nature about buying a home, the cost it takes for some of the works and the best ways to explain to the customer the benefits, and costs over a longer period. Lee also was amazing, him and the guys conducted our works, but he called to clarify, and even checked when i was available after they had finished the works to meet me in person and go through the next steps ie, how i go about painting etc after the works had been done and gave his person details for any questions i may have. Guys, thank you all so much for all your hard work and support and for anyone needing, these are the business you choose. Personal, honest, understanding and hardworking!
Michael Sweeney
Michael Sweeney
Very informative and professional. We Can’t thank Hayley and Chris enough for all their help and support. Our problem is solved. I’d recommend Easydamp to all friends and family. Very professional in every way.
Katie Burroughs
Katie Burroughs
Impeccable service throughout and really supported the documents needed for our lender. Will be continuing to use them to conduct the works at the property and recommend them to everyone that’s needs their services! Thanks Hayley and Chris. Really supported me through buying my first house and what’s needed.
MIKE HUGHES
MIKE HUGHES
Excellent fast service from Easy Damp. Friendly, professional, competent, well turned out work force. highly recommended.
Adam Hewitt
Adam Hewitt
Fast and professional service from a friendly team. Initial survey of our house was booked and done very soon after initial call, with a thorough look round and then a recommendation to install some units to help with the damp and mold problem. The actual installation was arranged within just a few days, and done in a matter of a couple of hours by a team of 3 who were friendly, explained what they were doing and why, kept things clean and tidy by putting down protective sheets, hoovered up afterwards, and did a spot of plastering to fill some gaps around one of the new units to leave a neater finish. Too soon to say it's solved the underlying problem but the signs are good and the sensor we having in the house is already showing relative humidity down under 60% which it hasn't done before, after just 24 hours or so. Recommended.
Nicola White
Nicola White
Had damp issues with my front wall ( terrace) and had a few companies come out and try to solve the problem to which the damp was still coming in when they'd left. Chris and his team came out and went above and beyond for me and solved the problem. Can't recommend these guys enough, thanks for all your hard work
Hazel Doolan
Hazel Doolan
Really great service. All the staff were really friendly and they completed the work really quickly and thoroughly. Well worth the money
itsStaciP
itsStaciP
Would 100% recommend. Hayley was super helpful and always prompt with emails. Great work from Lee and Dane who came to do some plastering work and install some new fans! Thanks!
Steve Dungworth
Steve Dungworth
I am very pleased with service provided by Damp Easy. From the moment I contacted them for a consultancy to the final delivery of their services, they have consistently exceeded my expectations. The team at Damp Easy is not only responsive but also exceptionally friendly. They listened attentively to my concerns regarding damp and mould issues in my property and provided expert advice that put my mind at ease. They provided a detailed quote promptly but also delivered their services within the promised timescales. In fact, the work was completed within just a week of my acceptance of the quote. The lads working on-site were absolutely brilliant. Their dedication and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of their work. What's more, they had a positive and friendly attitude that never failed to make me smile. It's rare to find a team that not only excels in their work but also adds a touch of warmth to the process. Even when a minor issue cropped up, Damp Easy dealt with it promptly and amicably. In today's world, where damp and mould issues are all too common, Damp Easy provided me with the peace of mind I needed. Thank you, Damp Easy, for a job well done!
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