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Recognising Wood Rot and Insect Damage in Buildings Paperback – 31 Dec 1987

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: IHS BRE Press (31 Dec. 1987)
  • ISBN-10: 0851252443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851252445
  • Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,699,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wood is an inherently durable material which is resistant to most biological degrade provided it remains dry. However, prolonged wetting leads to a risk of decay by wood-rotting fungi, though susceptibility varies according to the wood species. Many types of fungi can be found in buildings, only some of which cause wood rot. Various insects, mostly beetles, also use wood as a food source, although high moisture contents are not always necessary for their attack. Some fungi and insects require expensive remedial measures, while others do not require treatment at all. Correct identification is essential if the right treatment is to be given. The purpose of this book is to enable recognition on site of the major wood-destroying fungi and insects found in building timbers. The information is given mainly in note form, for easy reference, and is supported by colour photographs, flow charts and line drawings to make identification easy. Identification must often be undertaken by examination of the damaged wood alone and the information is presented with this in mind. However, additional advice is provided to help identification from any fungal or insect material found.

Information is also given to distinguish the major wood-destroying species from harmless species which, though found in buildings, do not necessarily require treatment. While the book includes most of the species likely to be encountered associated with wood in buildings, uncommon species which are rarely found are excluded. Should it prove to be impossible to identify any particular species using the advice given in this book, then the aid of an expert mycologist or entomologist must be sought.

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