Tree Decay Detection

Decay can cause a tree to deteriorate over time, and this can present risks for nearby people, buildings and infrastructure if the tree should become unsafe. 

Tree decay detection involves using expert equipment to identify areas of decay within trees. If decay is found, remedial measures can be taken to ensure the tree does not present an unacceptable risk. 

At Nicholas Jones Consultants, we use high-tech equipment such as the Picus 3 Tomograph tools to detect wood decay. To find out how you could benefit from our services, read on.

How Does it Work?

We use the Picus 3 Sonic Tomograph, Picus Treetronic 3 Electrical Resistance Tomograph and the IML Resi F400E microdrill to identify areas of decay within a tree. The accuracy and precision of these tools mean that informed decisions can be made on trees’ safety.

Tree Decay Detection Services in East Sussex

No matter whether you’re worried about the condition of trees close to your home, or you’re looking to carry out a risk assessment of trees on a site you manage – we’re here to help. 

Our experienced team will use state-of-the-art equipment to assess the trees with minimal invasion. If you need help with your decision, contact us via phone or email today to see how we can assist with your query.

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To supplement our Picus units we have an IML Resi F400E which is a specialised mircodrill that detects decay and cavities in trees and timber. As experienced arborists we are able to interpret the results to identify areas of decay, dysfunctional wood, cavities, cracks and importantly the thickness of residual sound wood surrounding decayed areas. Driven by a cordless drill it is lightweight, portable and very easy to handle and is therefore ideal for difficult operating conditions including the assessment of decay above ground level and the assessment of roots.

Using a 3mm diameter micro drill to a depth of 400mm the device records the resistance provided by the wood to the turning drill, simply, sound wood offers greater resistance with any reductions likely to indicate decay and dysfunction.


Contact us on 01273 858826.

We’ll be happy to tell you more about our work.