Our wet rot and dry rot specialists offer a fully comprehensive range of services to commercial clients. We can help in identifying, planning, costing and rectifying issues with dry and wet rot on your premises or projects you may be involved with. We’ve worked with all kinds of commercial organisations and properties over the years, including:
The problem with dry rot and wet rot and is that when these infections are discovered, they can have a huge impact. We’ve seen many projects delayed or the budget blown apart by the late discovery of a dry rot outbreak or severe, hidden wet rot.
Our dry rot specialists are here to make sure that developers and commercial property stakeholders have full, clear details on any dry or wet rot problems early on. Cost-effective and timely intervention can be agreed and built into your overall plans. Our commercial timber infestation and damp reports set out the extent, cause and severity of any timber decay in the structural timbers. Advice on what needs to be done to fix the problem and if required a detailed treatment schedule and cost is included.
Architects, Structural engineers, planners, property developers and surveying practices use us to gain insight and clarity on the condition of structural timbers within proposed projects. Read on for further details or call us and speak to a qualified expert Leeds 265 2752 York 566577 or Sheffield 224 5121 or email us via our contact page
So why is rot such a problem on larger, commercial projects, and what can you do to control it?
Many commercial projects are based around the renovation or revamping of older buildings. These in particular can harbour extensive dry rot, hidden and thriving in damp and dark parts of the structure.
The main issue here is that dry rot tends not to produce the spectacular fruiting bodies that most surveyors tend to recognise… until conditions start to dry. This often happens once a project is in progress: as repairs to roofs and improvements are made. As a dilapidated building gets more watertight and becomes warmer, the changing conditions impact the outbreak and, in distress Dry Rot fruiting bodies are produced. By then, any delays can disrupt the entire project.
Our qualified and experienced dry rot specialists are timber surveyors and can help architects, developers and structural engineers prepare early on. We’ll provide detailed timber and damp reports outlining any timber decay and specifying safe, effective and guaranteed solutions, to get the project back on track and to eliminate any further potential problems. Remember – dry wood doesn’t rot. The cause of decay is always excess moisture and our CSRT qualified dry rot specialists know this.
Structural engineers are sometimes faced with the problem of dry rot or other decay in large section structural timbers. How deep is the decay? What remains of the sound wood? What can be retained? Designing a repair in these cases can mean error. Problems can be avoided by taking a ‘belt and braces’ approach, but this may lead to lost fabric and waste. Waste is the enemy and as far as possible all work should be value engineered.
Our dedicated timber infestation surveyors can help fine tune any decay specification so that only the rotten wood is removed. One way we do this is via our timber micro-drilling equipment. This enables none-destructive analysis of structural timbers. Any decay ‘cones’ extending from the bearings of trusses and beams are found. The full extent of decay is determined with great accuracy. No more wasted materials, no more claims for extra work based on dry rot surprises. Our investment is state of the art sibtec-micro-drilling equipment and training is at the disposal of our commercial clients.
The days of calling in a firm just to spray lots of chemical about are long gone. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and the Construction (design & management) regulations apply for all projects. Competence is no longer just a case of checking for a CSCS card (though we all have these). It’s about making sure that potential contractors on commercial and domestic sites can demonstrate much more than their ‘trade’ expertise. Moreover, their ability to work safely and not create avoidable negative environmental or ill health issues for anyone on site is paramount. Merely calling in dry rot specialists with no track record, qualifications or demonstrated health and safety culture, is a potential breach under the CDM regs.
Over the past years we’ve worked hard to build a positive health and safety culture in our business. Our MD Bryan Hindle leads this and is an Associate member of IOSH. All our projects are designed with health and safety in mind from the start – is the work avoidable? Are their safer alternatives? Can we design in safety and the avoidance of harm by reducing risk? The answer is always yes. There is always a safer way and we aim to find it. Our staff are all engaged in this goal and it shows. We’ve been commended by our larger main contractor clients, for our diligent health and safety practice. These large corporate clients wouldn’t even have us on their ‘approved’ list if we didn’t have CHAS registration. But these days that is a basic minimum and everyone askes – what are you doing which is extra? How do you go the extra mile for safety?
This year we are proud to announce we received a coveted Gold Award for safety compliance, from our independent safety auditors Stallard Kane. Some people say accidents just happen, but we believe that all accidents are a management failure. We strive to manage with this in mind.
To discuss your commercial wet and dry rot prevention and control requirements call our friendly and professional dry rot specialists – Leeds 265 2752 York 566577 or Sheffield 224 5121 or email us via our contact page
Do you work in an Architectural practice, Structural engineers or surveying practice? Check out our continuing professional development outreach. Here’s a record of a timber infestation presentation, given to built environment professionals in South Yorkshire….. CPD points for timber infestations Below is a news item from our MD’s blog, where one of the North’s leading civil and structural engineers invited us to talk about damp and timber.
I spent an hour or two with Andrew Rimmington and the engineering staff of ARC engineers, in Morley, Leeds earlier today . Andrew is a keen supporter of continuous professional development and as he said to me today “We don’t do damp and timber surveys, but we need to know what’s involved and what … Continue reading