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Kent has a varied landscape, with its coastal towns like Dover, the historic city of Canterbury and busy inland towns such as Tonbridge and Maidstone. It provides our dedicated property care team with all types of woodworm, damp and rot issues to resolve in an array of different premises, from historical and period properties such as converted oast houses and timber framed medieval dwellings all the way through to post war and new build homes.
Our 60 odd years of 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 requirements, supported by the resources of a national company.
I have worn the Rentokil shirt for 31 years, originally for seven years as a surveyor and then in various management roles. During that time I have always aimed to provide the highest level of service and best advice to provide the best and most economic solutions to our customers.
The area in and around Kent is often called the "Garden of England" for its abundance of orchards, hop gardens and its ‘temperate maritime' climate, making it one of the warmest parts of the UK. However, with the North Sea to the north and the Straits of Dover and Channel to the south it’s subject to continental weather influences that bring cold spells in winter and hot, humid weather in summer. This excess moisture may be absorbed into the fabric of a property through floors or walls, which could potentially lead to problems such as rising damp.
Flooding can be another issue, particularly in Kent’s coastal towns, where high tides combined with storm surges can raise water levels dramatically. In recent years Rye, Dungeness, Sittingbourne and Faversham have all suffered costal floods. Deal, Sandwich, Herne Bay and Whitstable are also susceptible to storm surges. 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.
Kent has a diverse range of rural, coastal and urban areas with a degree of differing aged properties, from medieval houses to modern apartments. Canterbury for example is an historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains many timber-framed 16th- and 17th -century houses. Buildings of any age, style or period can be exposed to the risks of wood rotting fungi, rising damp or woodworm. These problems can affect the structure of a property and tend to be more prevalent in older buildings, or those that have been refurbished over their lifetime. The damage that these issues cause can occur over a long period of time and may not always be immediately obvious.
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 spent 30 years plus in the remedial industry dealing with structural waterproofing, damp proofing, fungal decay & woodworm infestation. The last 5 years I've been with Rentokil Property Care as a Surveyor.