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Our knowledgeable team of expert surveyors and technicians have a depth of property preservation experience, dealing with common problems that can cause structural damage to your home. We aim to deliver the highest quality local property care solutions including wet and dry rot treatments, damp proofing and woodworm solutions. All reinforced by the support, technology 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.
The River Ribble provides a southern border to Preston, whilst the Forest of Bowland forms a backdrop to the cities northeast and the Fylde, to the west slides away into the Irish Sea. A variety of architectural styles are found within Preston, including the Miller Arcade, the Town Hall, the Harris Museum and many beautiful Georgian buildings on Winckley Square. Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp, whatever its age, size or historical value, however these kinds of problems can be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century properties. These issues are not always immediately obvious. In many cases it can take months or years before any problems become visible.
The Fylde is a low-lying, coastal plain, roughly 13-mile (20-kilometre) square-shaped peninsula, bounded by Morecambe Bay to the north, the Ribble estuary to the south, the Irish Sea to the west. A flat, alluvial plain; parts were once dug for peat, the River Wyre meanders across the Fylde from Garstang on the eastern edge via Poulton to the sea at Fleetwood. The area north and east of the tidal Wyre, known as Over Wyre, is more rural. The west coast is almost entirely urban, containing the towns of Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham; with Thornton, Carleton and Poulton-le-Fylde not far inland. Due to the low-lying topography the urban area is a risk of flooding from rivers (Wyre and Ribble), storm surges from the Irish Sea and surface water (or flash) flooding after significant, rapid rainfall.
Months after flood waters have receded, damp may no longer be visible in a property. 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 common term used for 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.