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In and around Bristol, Bath and across Wiltshire we are a dedicated team of property care specialists. There are very few problems that we haven’t come across and successfully dealt with before, from wood-boring beetles to damp proofing and fungal decay, which can lead to wet or dry rot issues.
Our knowledge and experience is complemented by a range of services, innovative products and the latest technology which means we offer customers solutions to their property problems based on their individual requirements. Our aim is to always deliver the highest quality local property care services with the support and resources of a national company.
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The rivers Avon and Frome cut through the limestone to underlying clays, creating Bristol's characteristic hilly landscape. The Avon also flows from Bath through flood plains and areas which were marshy before the growth of the city. Periodic flooding, which shortened the life of many buildings in the lowest part of central Bath, was normal until the completion of flood control works. There are still areas such as Bathwick, Somerdale near Keynsham, Redcliffe and Hotwells in Bristol that have suffered river flooding in recently years. In February 2015 Portishead, Clevedon and Avonmouth suffered the effects of the highest tides in two decades, with the Severn Bore reaching 20 miles up the estuary.
Several months after flood waters have receded, excess damp may not be visible - yet moisture levels in timbers can still remain high enough for wood decay to occur in timbers. This has the potential to lead to damage to properties from wet or dry rot. This damage is not always immediately obvious, but you can look out for certain signs of wet or dry rot.
The Atlantic strongly influences Bristol and Bath’s weather with most of the rainfall in autumn and winter is due to the prevailing depressions. The area is partially sheltered by the Mendip Hills with a temperate climate which is generally wetter and milder than the rest of the country. The excess moisture provided by the Atlantic depressions can lead to structural damage and timber decay if the damp is absorbed through the floors or walls into the fabric of a property.
Bath became popular as a spa town during the Georgian era, leaving a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from creamy gold Bath Stone. Bristol however, has a wider variety of architectural styles, ranging from the medieval to the 21st century. Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history. In many cases it can take months or years before an issue is brought to light.
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.
I have worked for Rentokil for over 25 years. I have 15 years experience with Property Care as a surveyor working in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol Areas.Our focus in Rentokil is to provide a high quality professional service.