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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.
Manchester, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north. A city of contrast, its buildings shows a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian (where the widespread use of red brick characterises the city) to contemporary structures. Much of the architecture in the city harks back to its days as a global centre for the cotton trade. Just outside the immediate city centre a number of former cotton mills have been redeveloped into apartment buildings and office space. Manchester Town Hall, in Albert Square, was built in the Gothic revival style and is considered to be one of the most important Victorian buildings in England. The Green Building, opposite Oxford Road station, is a pioneering modern eco-friendly housing project, while One Angel Square (reputed to be one of the most sustainable large buildings in the world) incorporates passive solar gain for heat and uses rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling.
Properties of any age, size or history can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Victorian and early 20th Century properties or those that have been refurbished or repurposed over time. Unfortunately, the damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious.
The River Irwell runs through central Manchester, fed by the River Medlock - which notably flooded in 1872 washing away footbridges, sluice gates and much of Manchester City Cemetery as well as flooding homes in Ancoats up to their bedrooms. Today the area is more likely to suffer flood damage from surface water flooding (flash flooding after intensive rainfall) than river flood water. 2007, 2010 and 2013 all saw intense rain storms in which widespread surface flooding affected Wilmslow, Hale, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Bury and other areas of Greater Manchester. Months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible. Yet moisture levels in some timbers within a property, can remain high enough (above about 20%) for dry rot to decay the wood.
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.