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Technical Articles from Yorkshire - Brick-Tie Preservation

Want to know more about preservation issues like damp, wall tie corrosion or rot, such as dry rot or wet rot? Below you’ll find lots of details about the science and the technology of building preservation. From Woodworm to Dry Rot, wall tie corrosion to structural repairs, it’s all here for you in detail by qualified authors who know Yorkshire’s buildings through and through. From Leeds to York, Skipton to Sheffield, we have projects in progress or completed for delighted clients.

The low down on condensation, mould control, control of rising damp, penetrating damp, lime pointing and traditional dampness treatments as well as the latest preservation technology.

Please use the tags and topics on the right to skip down to whatever takes your fancy and remember; Bryan, Mike or Paul will always be happy to answer direct questions for you, or you can pop across to Bryan’s Preservation Expert blog for even more wide ranging information for Yorkshire’s premier building preservation company.

When is Woodworm not Woodworm?

8 April 2013

Woodworm is a generic term and can be misused or accidently used where similar looking beetles are found.

When anyone talks of ‘woodworm’ they are normally talking about The Common Furniture beetle Anobium punctatum. This can be a very damaging pest; eating floors, staircases and roof timbers.

Whilst these are sometimes discovered as holes in timber, the adult beetles also make an apperance in the summer months, so when a client in Bradford found chocolate coloured beetles in her bedroom window sills, alarm bells rang.

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How to Protect Waterproofing from Root Damage

14 March 2013

Usually basement waterproofing needs no protection from tree roots; they’re outside the basement and not a threat to the contents.

However, green roofs are the exception because trees and shrubs may be encouraged to grow on top of the waterproof deck and then great care is needed if the waterproofing is going to last for more than a few growing seasons.

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What is a Damp Survey and What is a Damp Report ?

5 February 2013

Damp survey? Damp report? These terms come up every day, all around Yorkshire, when people are either buying or selling houses and? there doesn’t have to be a damp problem for a damp survey to be asked for.

The problem is that most of us don’t buy and sell houses every day, so when a damp survey or damp report is asked for, people don’t know where to turn and that leaves them open to stress, confusion and sometimes; poor service.

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Wet Rot or Dry Rot – Who’s the Daddy?

28 January 2013

Okay, so Dry Rot is the bogey man of rots, everyone talks about it and yes, Dry rot is a serious problem. However, it is Wet Rot, in its many forms, which dwarfs the damage done by Dry Rot and is seen in very many older (and some newer) houses.

There are many separate species of Wet Rot and I we won’t bore you with the Latin names. But they all have one thing in common; they thrive in damp timber in almost any situation. This is why Wet Rot is the biggest threat to anyone’s structural timbers, be these floors, roofs, staircases or timber frame components. The thing is; wet rot is so adaptable and can happily grow and consume timber at near saturated condition, or that which is dry to the touch. How so?

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Cavity wall tie corrosion – the problem of expansion

3 January 2013

Why is it that old cavity wall ties may need replacing, even when the cavity wall tie corrosion seems light and the ties look very thick and strong, what harm can surface wall tie corrosion really do? This is a question we often get asked, particularly by builders and other tradesmen, who have removed a […]

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