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In Edinburgh, Falkirk, Clacks, the Scottish Borders and The Lothian’s we are dedicated property care experts. There are few damp, rot and woodworm problems that we have not seen and resolved before, over our 60 years of professional experience.
We are proud of the relationships we have built with our customers in the Edinburgh and surrounding area, ranging from residential clients in urban and suburban locations, through to offices, business sites and universities. Their properties are just as diverse – from historical and period properties to modern and refurbished homes. Our aim is to consistently deliver the highest quality local damp proofing and property care solutions with the support and resources of a national company.
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.
There is a unique character to Edinburgh, with its Old Town of medieval streets (or wynds) and the planned Georgian New Town with its elegant neoclassical buildings giving Scotland’s capital city a diverse array of properties covering many decades.
Edinburgh's position between the coast and hills, it is known as "the windy city", with the prevailing south westerly winds, giving rise to rainfall distributed evenly throughout the year. Vigorous Atlantic depressions, (called European windstorms) can affect the city between October and May, as well as other coastal locations such as Musselburgh, Dunbar and North Queensferry - bringing with them heavy rain, which can be absorbed through walls or floors into the very fabric of buildings. This has the potential to lead to timber decay through dry or wet rot, or problems with rising damp.
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.