‘WOODWORM’ – A GENERIC TERM.
There are four types of woodboring insect found in property and accurate identification is essential before determining whether pesticidal treatments are required. Aside from the Common furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum, each species requires specific conditions with regard’ to the type of timber infested and / or its’ level of moisture content. Sometimes the control measures to control / eradicate an infestation are to reduce the moisture source that has enabled a species to infest the subject timbers thereby avoiding the need for chemical based treatment applications.
In the formative years of the timber treatment industry, the treatment products that were used to eradicate woodworm infestations had a lethal dosage rate well in excess of the products that are in use today; in addition the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, (COSHH)), were introduced to provide guidelines to all industries utilising chemicals and, essentially, these guidelines stated that the use of chemicals should be considered only as a last resort.
It is important to remember that, as part of a treatment process the flight holes are not filled in therefore are visible to anyone looking for evidence of timber infestation; interpretation of whether the infestation is current, or historical, can be contentious to say the least.
Your need for an independent assessment may be driven by one of several factors:
You may be looking to sell a property that you own, and which has been treated but the guarantee has lapsed, or is in-valid as the treatment contractor is no longer trading, and you require a report prior putting your property on the market.
You may be selling a property and, following a Building Survey recommendation that a specialist ‘timber’ report is obtained, you do not want a non-independent ‘specialist’ whose interest is to gain further work and, after all, the evidence of flight holes are there for all to see so why wouldn’t they quote for further works, even though the evidence is more likely to be historical?
You may be buying a property and prefer an honest and objective view of its condition rather than a view swayed by a company’s needs to derive its’ main income from potential contract works arising from a ‘free’ survey.
You may be a Buyer / Seller of a property and feel that the report provided by a ‘damp and timber’ specialist contractor is inaccurate and that the level of inspection was lacking.
The list goes on….
My aim is to negate all of the foregoing situations by spending the time it takes to provide my Customers with an honest and accurate assessment of the conditions existing at the time of the inspection.
You should be assured that fulfillment of your requirements provides the job satisfaction that I strive for on every survey undertaken.
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