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Published on May 19th, 2017 | by admin


Summer Timber Treatment

It’s not only the main property’s timber that could fall prey to wet rot, dry rot or a woodworm infestation. There’s the timber on sheds, barns, outbuildings, summer houses, garden furniture and even the shelves in the greenhouse could find themselves under attack.

We tend to nurture a quaint misapprehension that timber treatment and timber preservation are less important in the bright summer sunshine, warm temperatures and until barbeque season ends.

Unfortunately, this is the UK and we don’t often have extended periods without rain or thunderstorms and plumbing issues still flourish in summer thanks to DIY, refurbishment and renovation work. Floods, from river swell, bath or water tank, cannot be dismissed.

Although woodworm don’t thrive outdoors they can quite happily reside inside a workbench in a shed during a warm period.

Woodworm, timber rot and contacting professional timber preservation firms like Thames Valley Timber Treatment may not reflect our fairy-tale summer visions but you neglect them at your own peril.

Tip: Conduct a thorough property check to see if any areas are at the mercy of predators or rot.

If this seems like a task you want to avoid, ask yourself this…would you be happy not to change your bedding or check for bed bugs for years on end? Would you neglect your car or kitchen safety? No. This takes a few minutes and is just as important.

Tip: Don’t hesitate, call in the professionals.

You can’t assume that there won’t be an eventual collapse after dry or wet rot takes hold. Structural issues, weakness of timber and health and safety risks can be a natural progression after an incident and as an infestation grows. Issues spread, they don’t disappear.

Tip: Don’t try to identify wet rot or dry rot without a professional survey from a qualified expert.

Why? They are easily confused by novices and you can’t accurately evaluate the extent of the timber treatment area and how much needs replacement, partial replacement and timber preservation.

Treatment: To DIY or not to DIY?

There is a concern with over the counter treatments that their effectiveness is not assured. Money and time could be wasted.

Professionals like Thames Valley Timber Treatment exist and are kept busy because people and their timbers require professional, under licence, expertly administered timber treatments and timber preservation work. The sooner they can get to the problem, the more swiftly and less costly this is for the client.

Leading firms have seen enough DIY timber preservation attempts to know that their clients’ actions are frequently inaccurate, inadequate, counterproductive and result in qualified specialists being called to rectify the problem plus the ramifications of the home spun timber treatments.

Don’t be a “cross your fingers and hope for the best, read it on the internet so it must be true” client.


A sense of urgency is required, not to build up the profits of timber treatment firms but to safeguard you, your family, staff, pets and anyone else who spends time in a building or on furniture that you own.

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