Our property care services span parts of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Peterborough, and through to Cambridgeshire. We have the knowledge and expertise to offer tailored solutions for all of our clients. On a daily basis we deal with issues of structural damage that can be caused by woodworm, wet or dry rot and damp problems.
Our surveyors and technicians have a wealth of professional experience and knowledge in dealing with property care issues such as damp proofing and timber decay. This means we can offer the highest quality local property care services backed by the support, resources and innovative technologies 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.
We look after a wide variety of premises in various locations, from properties in ancient rural hamlets like Twycross or Wistow to modern and renovated urban dwellings. Our customers range from owners of historical and period properties to those with modern and refurbished dwellings. With city centre locations, along with rural villages and hamlets within this region, our experience and knowledge of the area helps us combat property care issues such as wood-boring beetles, rising damp and rot issues quickly and effectively.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England, (the remains of the baths of Roman Leicester can be seen at the Jewry Wall) and it is mentioned in the medieval Domesday Book. Peterborough, along the Bedford Levels has been called the ‘Gateway to the Fens’ and is another ancient settlement that has developed over the decades from a medieval market town and 19th Century industrial centre into a modern ‘new town’ taking London's overspill population in new townships sited around the existing urban area. Much of the area around Peterborough is fenland (drained during the 17th Century) which leaves most of the land a few metres above or below sea level. This has left places like Whitlesey and Tallington susceptible to surface and ground water flooding, as well as potential flooding from the River Nene.
Many months after any flood water has receded and damp may no longer be visible, moisture levels can still be high enough for wood decay to occur in timbers, and may not be easily seen if hidden in voids or cavities. This could potentially lead to damage through wet or dry rot in a property.
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 during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the damage that can be caused is not always 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.