Rentokil Property Care operate throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Coventry and across to Hereford. We can offer a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience across many areas of property care, such as damp proofing, identifying and treating damage caused by wood-boring beetles and resolving wet or dry rot problems. This knowledge and experience is complemented by a range of services, innovative products and the latest technology, so that we can offer customers property care solutions based on their individual needs, supported by the resources of a national company.
Throughout the Midlands we work with customers who have property care issues in a wide variety of dwellings, from historical and period properties such as timber framed medieval buildings all the way through to 19th century Victorian, early 20th century, post war and new build homes.
I have just completed 20 years with Rentokil, the last 10 as a Branch Manager, and there's not much in the realm of damp and decay I have not encountered! I have always taken pride in delivering the finest customer service whilst providing value for money.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire experience a maritime climate, with limited seasonal temperature ranges, but heavy winter rains can be extreme. Surplus moisture has the potential to be absorbed through walls or floors into the fabric of buildings. This can lead to timber decay generating wet or dry rot or problems with rising damp.
Flooding can also be an issue in areas - such as in Worcester during torrential rains of 2007 when the River Severn burst its banks. Tewkesbury, Hereford and Ross-on-Wye are also susceptible to areas of flooding from the rivers Severn and Wye respectively. Several months after flood waters have receded, dampness may not be visible, yet moisture levels in timbers (particularly in hidden voids and cavities) may still be high enough for timber decay to occur, caused by wet or dry rot.
Coventry is an ancient city that predates Birmingham, whilst Hereford and Worcester also have long histories stretching from the Middle Ages, through the Victorian era to the present day. The architecture and building heritage across the region is quite rich and varied. Buildings of any age, style, period or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. These types of problems can affect the structure of the property and tend be more prevalent in older buildings, or those that have been refurbished or redeveloped over time.
Woodworm is the every-day name for hungry larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adults lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into it and feed, making a maze of tunnels over several years. They will happily eat away at wooden floors, furniture and timbers and if left untreated, can seriously weakens wooden beams in a property which can lead to structural failure of the timbers.
Spotting the early signs of woodworm is important; allowing a qualified surveyor to complete a woodworm survey assessing the extent of any problem, the type of woodworm involved and recommending the most effective, targeted treatment to eliminate the pest before it can spread any further through the property.