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Winnie-the-Pooh, cold plates, portugal

Cold Plates -Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

Today unannounced we had an early morning visit to our home of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Not the fictional character created by English author A. A. Milne but just as welcome this was Winnie-the-Pooh the council’s cesspit emptying man.

Every foreigner that I know calls him Winnie-the-Pooh. His real name is Paulinho the diminutive of Paulo.
After trying to navigate him through the electronic gates for five minutes. He kept standing in front of the sensors and trying to pull the gates open!. I was eventually able to show him where the manhole was.

Retiring to a safe/smell free distance while he battled to open the lid I heard his assistant saying he is going to the beach about six times (I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt) The funny thing that struck me was that I had been talking to them in Portuguese and answering their questions in Portuguese but because I was a foreigner they thought I wouldn’t understand their joke.

After a couple of cold beers, they were on their merry way.
The work will cost around 25 to 30 Euros which I am delighted with because in the UK it was 700 pounds?????

This brings me on to a new directive that we are all going to be affected by. It came from the EEC of course which is why it makes so much sense.
Virtually all homes in Portugal are going to be forced to connect to the council’s new sewer network. This network is going into every village and you can tell where the new sewer pipe has already been laid by the awful state of the road after they have been laid and backfilled.

Potholes and dips in the road everywhere.

You can obtain a special exemption but it will require some work on your part. Those of us with a septic tank in the back garden will need to fill it in and run a new sewerage pipe out into the road next to the sewer. The fact that this could be up hill doesn’t seem to have occurred to them.

Personally, I will resist and rely upon my unannounced visits of Winnie-the-Pooh a far more human and pleasant experience that anything that came out of the EEC.

Winnie-the-Pooh, cold plates, portugal
Winnie-the-Pooh, cold plates

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh

Woodworm

Woodworm is a problem in old Portuguese houses

Woodworm is a problem in old Portuguese houses

Woodworm, as you have probably already heard, is a problem in old Portuguese houses.

Woodworm is a problem in old Portuguese houses with a mixture of the right climate and unprotected wood used to build homes its wood worm heaven.
Wood worm control or prevention is a major concern to anyone spending money on refurbishing or building a home here in Portugal.
With insects varying in size from the huge wood wasps to tiny wood-boring insects such as Xestobium rufovillosum, The death-watch Beatle.

Woodworm
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Once a support beam in a sheltered part of the house, usually the roof or floors is devoured by the wood boring insects the bean starts to sag or just crumbles resulting in dipping floors or roofs which let the rain in. Once the rain is allowed to contact the roof timber the mixture of dry rot and woodwork attack can result in a collapsed roof in a very short time.

If you are lying in bed or sitting quietly you can often hear a crunching sound all night, every night. It’s the Death-watch Beatle whose head makes a clicking sound as it burrows into the wood.

I know clients who it has driven crazy. The pear under the floor or up in the roof space trying to find the source of the noise.

As the woodworm is actually inside the wood its impossible to locate them.

We have just the thing to sort them out.

Once everything wooden in the house structure is treated. You should have no problem.

“The beams supporting the first floor ie: the ground floor ceiling beams Is the woodworm treated in those beams, or is it still active?” It will be active at the moment.

The previous owners or people before they used old engine oil to treat the woodwork.

It’s free, cosmetic and does nothing harmful to the insects because they are already inside the wood, chomping away merrily.

To find out more about the death watch beetle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathwatch_beetle

Contact info@casteloconstruction.com to discuss the best solution for your woodworm problem.

Condition of a roof or floor

People often ask about the condition of a roof or floor when they are showing us around their newly acquired home in Portugal.

Woodworm problems!

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They either noticed the presence of woodworm and tried to ignore it or did not see it the first time around.

When its time to discuss the alterations or improvements they want to make to the property it usually comes up in conversation more from an “I hope they say it’s nothing to be concerned about” point of view

then a practical Let’s get rid of it NOW! standpoint.

Admittedly it is hard to understand what the effect of visible woodworm is going to be unless you have lots of experience.
As I write this my new near neighbors are ripping out their old boarded ceilings and replacing them with plasterboard. I hope but doubt that they have spent any time or effort in eradicating the real problem that they are about to cover up.

Take a ceiling for instance if you can see woodworm damage in the ceiling then you most likely have Wood wormed roof joists, tile lath, and trusses.

It’s a real case of papering over the cracks this time with plasterboard! Which is going to become apparent in the medium term? It’s not just homeowners who hide woodworm problems hoping they will go away. We have experience from property appraisals that we carry out some of the devious ways sellers try and hide the effects of woodworm damage in the hope that dumb foreign buyers won’t notice the problem.

The bottom line is that a serious wood worm problem is always going to cost you. Hopefully, we can make that cost minimal while providing a lasting resolution to the problem.

contact Castelo Construction info@casteloconstruction.com”