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Throughout our area of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire we encounter all types of property care issues with wood-boring beetles, rising damp and wet and dry rot being the most common.
We have an experienced and dedicated team of property care experts who have worked within the local area for a number of years acquiring a large amount of knowledge of local property care problems. Our customers range from home owners and businesses with a variety of period and historical properties, through to modern and refurbished premises within town centres such as Luton, Hatfield, Stevenage and Letchworth Garden City. Our aim is to deliver the highest quality local property care with the support and resources of a national company.
Right across the London commuter belt area we provide discreet and responsive property care solutions to many commercial businesses, as well as homes, to ensure they remain free from the damage caused by woodworm, wet and dry rot and damp issues.
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.
Bedford was a market town for this agricultural region from the early Middle Ages. The area has a mix of medieval, Georgian and Victorian properties. Hertford, however has been the county town of Hertfordshire since Saxon times. The town centre has managed to retain its medieval layout (with many timber-framed buildings hidden under later frontages) particularly in St Andrew Street. Here the majority of the properties which line this street are listed. Numbers 58 and 60 are reputed to be the oldest, perhaps 14th century or earlier. Whilst Hertford Museum is housed in a 17th-century historic town house, with a Jacobean-style knot garden.
Hertfordshire is also the home of modern ‘Garden City’. Welwyn Garden City (founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s) follows a previous experiment in Letchworth Garden City in 1903. The towns are laid out along tree-lined boulevards with a neo-Georgian town centre. These were planned towns that were to combine the benefits of the city and the countryside offering homes to the London overspill.
Any building 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, such as Medieval, Victorian and early 20th Century dwellings or those that have been refurbished or repurposed over time.
Flooding has been an issue, particularly in towns and villages near the River Ouse. In recent years areas of Bedford, St. Neots, Ware and Hertford have all suffered flood damage. Several months after flood waters have receded, damp may not be visible, yet moisture levels (particularly in timbers in hidden voids or cavities) may still be high enough for damage to occur through wood decay from wet or dry rot.
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 joined Rentokil in 1981 as a technician, eventually progressing to a surveyor covering the Bedfordshire , Buckinghamshire and Northampton areas. I am proud to work for the best property care company in the UK.
I have worked at Rentokil, in total for two and a half years. Working for Rentokil is a great opportunity as it's a great company to work for. My aim is to provide the customer with great customer service.