Scottish Cathedral To Get Treated For Woodworm

A cathedral in Angus, Scotland is set to undergo significant restoration works to treat a woodworm infestation in its bell tower.

The Courier reported that the problems at Brechin Cathedral were identified back in 2017, but it’s taken until now to raise the funds required for the restoration works. The estimated cost is £10,000, which is being funded by the Friends of Brechin Cathedral group.

Under the proposals are plans to strengthen the timbers that have been weakened by the woodworm infestation by creating a groove along their top surface and filling it with steel reinforcement and resin.

Some of the joist ends will need to be replaced and those that are considered to be in good condition will be treated with a fungicidal paste.

The bearing ends of the timber beams in the upper bell tower have been severely damaged by wet rot, however, and these are due to be replaced by steel rods and resin.

There are other areas that are showing signs of wet rot as well and it’s been recommended that these timbers are drilled into and fungicidal paste injected in to stop the problem spreading.

Brechin Cathedral as it now stands is due to celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2020, with the medieval cathedral the reason that the town exists. Before the cathedral was constructed, there was a Celtic monastery on the site.

The oldest part of the structure is its Pictish round tower, which is around 1,000 years old, the newspaper noted.

With so much history, it’s easy to see why it’s important to carry out repairs to ensure the cathedral continues to stand for future generations.

Of course, wet rot and woodworm aren’t problems that are confined to really old cathedrals and religious buildings. Any property that gets damp and remains damp is at risk of both kinds of problems.

Earlier this month, Real Homes highlighted the costs of dealing with timber-related problems in a property. It explained that woodworm “thrives in poorly ventilated, dank conditions”.

Speaking to the news provider, Douglas Kent at SPAB said that many of the signs of beetle attacks found in buildings are “extinct”. He revealed how you can tell if it’s an active outbreak though.

“Active outbreaks are identified by holes with sharp rather than round edges, and the presence of fresh bore dust (frass),” he said.

The first port of call for anyone whose property is suffering from a woodworm infestation is to remove the cause of damp. By bringing moisture levels within the timbers to below 15 per cent, you’ll do a lot to stop the problem on its own.

Depending on the type of outbreak and how extensive it is, you may also need to pay for chemical treatments or other measures to reduce the population of the beetles in your timbers. The cost of such measures will vary, but you’re looking at a minimum of £560 for a pesticide treatment of the likes of floorboards, floor joists, stairs and roof purlins.

If you’re worried about woodworm in Watford, make sure you call in the experts as soon as possible to assess the damage and recommend the most appropriate course of action.



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