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Our property care services in the South East of London deals with a range of problems in all types of locations from Woolwich, Greenwich, Lewisham, Dulwich, Clapham, Battersea, Lambeth, Kennington and Bermondsey. 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.
We have a wealth of professional experience and knowledge in dealing with property care issues such as damp proofing and timber decay. We offer a bespoke solution for all of our customers as each location and property care issue is different. 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 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.
Greenwich is notable for its maritime history, built to the south of a broad meander in the River Thames, with a safe deep water anchorage lying in the river. It became a popular resort in the 18th century and many grand houses were built there, such as Vanbrugh Castle (1717). From the Georgian period estates of houses were constructed above the town centre. The buildings surrounding Greenwich market are Grade II listed and were established in 1827–1833. In 1997, Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites, for the quality of buildings of historic and architectural interest, from those along the riverfront, Greenwich Park to the Georgian and Victorian town centre.
As with many areas beside the Thames, in Battersea land was reclaimed by draining marshland and building culverts for streams. From the late 18th century it was established as an industrial area with all of the issues associated with pollution and poor housing affecting it. Industry declined from the area in the 1970s, and local government has sought to address chronic post-war housing. Factories have been demolished and replaced with modern apartment buildings. Elsewhere in Battersea are a growing number of private architecturally-acclaimed riverside, park side and typical modern London homes.
Properties of any age, size or style can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more noticeable in older buildings, such as Georgian, 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 generic name 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.
I have worked as a surveyor at Rentokil Property Care for over 7 years, covering SE & SW London. Our ultimate aim at Rentokil is to provide a high quality cudtomer service and professional damp and timber treatments for our customers.