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Much of Surrey is in the Metropolitan Green Belt and is the most wooded county in the UK. Medieval houses, manors and barns survive in the area including in: Cobham, Ewhurst Dockenfield/Frensham, Chobham, Chertsey, albeit with considerable later modifications. A number of smaller houses and pubs of the 16th century are also still standing, whilst 17th century buildings proliferates much further including the Guildhall, Guildford. In the late 18th century towns like Farnham and Croydon grew rapidly as commuter towns, while new Victorian towns such as Woking emerged beside the railway lines.
The range of rural and urban areas throughout Surrey, offer a variety of differing age properties, from Tudor manor houses and Victorian brick terraced homes to modern apartments. Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history. However, these types of problems can be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century properties.
Flooding has been a periodical problem along the river Wey, as it flows through Guildford. The river has long been used for powering mills, as many as 22 have been recorded on the banks of the Wey. In the autumn of 1968 the Wey burst it's banks, with flood waters reaching 6 feet deep in some areas of Guildford. At the time it was said to be a 1 in 1,000 year occurrence, yet over Christmas 2013 (jut over 40 years later) heavy, prolonged rainfall left many areas saturated with groundwater. Christmas eve brought extreme weather with strong winds and 57mm of rainfall within a 24 hour period. The river Wey burst its bank again causing fluvial flooding throughout Guildford town centre, closing roads and flooding homes and businesses. Months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible in a property. Yet moisture levels in some timbers can remain high enough 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.
I'm from a construction surveying backround and have worked for Rentokil Property Care for the past 5 years. I'm proud to represent Rentokil Property Care in the Southern Area.