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Questions and Answers about Property Repair System's Boron Product Range
Q. WHY DO WE SELL BORON BASED PRODUCTS?
A. Boron compounds are derived from naturally occurring minerals and are essential for plant growth. Humans require from 0.5 to 3.1 mg per day to remain healthy and this can be obtained from food and water, in a well balanced diet. So, it makes sense to us to use this natural element in our treatments for woodworm, dry rot, wet rot and mold. The compound that we use is fully Licensed in Europe and the UK and has been in service worldwide for over 100 years - click to read more History.
We like to sell the safest available treatments for wood and Boron has an unrivaled safety record throughout the world. It is odourless, makes into a colourless solution in water and it does not evaporate once dry, so remains effective indefinitely. It is used extensively in the USA because it is so safe.
Q. WHY ARE BORON BASED PRODUCTS SO GOOD?
A. Boron based products are unique in being able to control and eradicate many types of wood boring insect, wood rots and molds. No other single compound of such safety can match these features. It is known in many countries for controlling Termites, Wool Moth and Fleas and for being injected into telephone poles, electricity poles and railway sleepers to prevent rot and insect attack.
Q. HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN SELLING BORON WOOD TREATMENTS?
A. We have been involved with specifying and selling Boron based products for over 30 years, and selling them in our own Company for over 15 years. In all that time we have never had any reason to doubt their effectiveness and we have many Testimonials regarding Boron and its successes in dealing with wood boring insects and wood rotting fungi.
Q. WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BORON PRODUCT FOR DIFFERENT WOOD TREATMENTS?
A. Because the percentage of active ingredient - the Boron based part - is tailored to the amount needed for a particular treatment, plus the form of the product - be it dissolved in water, as a gel in glycol, as a paste, or fused as a solid rod, is designed to react to percentage of moisture inside the affected wood at particular levels. For example, we would only specify a solid Boron Rod to be inserted into wood at, or above softwood fibre saturation, which is between 28% and 32%. Whereas, at the other extreme of concentration, Boron Ultra 12 powder dissolved in water at 5% is suitable for timber that is completely dry.
Q. WHY IS BORON FREQUENTLY MENTIONED AS BEING A FIRE RETARDANT?
A. Because many compounds of Boron are naturally capable of preventing the spread of fire. If you take an ordinary piece of paper, soak it in a 10% solution of Boron Ultra 12, allow it to dry fully and then try to light it you will find it impossible to maintain a flame. It simply extinguishes itself. This natural feature is a great benefit when treating wood for woodworm or rot, particularly in roof spaces and thatched roofs. Borates are natural fire retardants.
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David Moore, B.A. (Hons.), C.T.I.S., C.R.D.S. Technical Author