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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.

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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.

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Are you cold and miserable

Are you cold and miserable

Its raining cats and dogs today, grey skies, cold and miserable. One of those days when you have to motivate yourself to go out.

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Are you cold and miserable

Although it is late November it is not cold enough to have the wood stove or central heating on until around 4 pm. (I live in a properly insulated and heated home)

I recently met a couple who have lived here in central Portugal just under three years the other day they both said they had never been so cold in their lives as their first year in Portugal this is something we hear often from people that we meet socially. So why is it so common?.

I believe that there is often a blindness or mental block (I don’t know what to call it) when it comes to home buyers thinking about, heating, cooling and ventilation.

It could be because most people have only visited Portugal in summer when it’s hot and sunny all day especially July and August up until the first half of September. Cold and Portugal just doesn’t seem to equate.

Take the Coimbra area where I live as an example. Coimbra, situated in central Portugal, enjoys a climate cooler than Lisbon and, is normally warmer than Porto. Temperatures here are mild with warm summers. The area within 10Km of the coast is mildest and as you head further east to locations like Arganil, Castanheira de Pera and Serta you get a little more rain than Coimbra.

One thing that is worth knowing if you are house hunting. Those villages strung out in lines along hillsides are built there for a reason. They are usually at low cloud level because the rely on the early morning fog/mist/rain to help water their crops. Old villages in Portugal are always located next to a natural water supply because that’s house people lived. Growing things on their land that the family could eat and sell.

Enough about the weather let’s take a look at why your home is so cold.

The average Portuguese home is as well protected from drafts as your home in the UK if you left the back door wide open all winter. Coupled with the fact that very few homes are insulated at all, have draughty single glazed windows and doors and a heating system that is totally inadequate.
The lack of insulation, dramatic daily temperature changes during the day, high humidity drafts poor heating systems it’s a recipe for months of misery.
We understand how to make an old house warm and a new house as warm as you would expect. Contact Kelvin by email kelvin@casteloconstruction.com and tell us about your problem.

This site has very detailed information on Portuguese weather.
https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/portugal

In fact, annual precipitation amounts to 1,450 mm (57 inches) in Braga, and 1,100 millimetres (45 in) in Porto, while it drops to around 900 mm (35 in) in Coimbra, to 700 mm (27.5 in) in Lisbon, and to about 500 mm (20 in) in Algarve. The rainiest season is winter.
Winter, from December to February, is mild on the coast, even in the northern part, since the average temperature in January goes from 9 °C (48 °F) in Porto, to 11 °C (52 °F) in Lisbon, to 12 °C (53.5 °F) in Faro.

In winter, there are periods of good weather, because the Azores Anticyclone can move over the country even in this season, but there are also waves of bad weather, with rain and wind. Sometimes, gale force winds may blow from the ocean, especially in the north.
The position of the country, overlooking the ocean, provides good shelter from cold winds and night frosts, which in fact are very rare and not intense: the coldest records along the coast are around -1/-2 °C (28/30 °F).