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Working in the busy city centres of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington; along with the coastal and rural areas of Durham and Northumberland, our team of dedicated property care specialists have the experience and knowledge to deal with problems such as wet and dry rot, woodworm and rising damp. Whether your home is a Victorian terraced house in Durham or a modern apartment in Gateshead Quay (overlooking the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts), we can quickly resolve problems, with minimal disruption to you. Our services, innovative products and latest technology means that we offer solutions to your property care issues based on your individual requirements.
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.
Within this corner of the North East, there are wide selections of property types, from terraced homes in densely populated city centres such as Middlesbrough or larger properties in rural market towns such as Hexham to new coastal homes in Whitley Bay. Any building of any size, age or style can suffer from problems with wood-boring beetles, damp or timber damage from wet or dry rot. Damage to properties caused these problems are often not immediately visible. It can take several months, even years before the issue comes to light.
Teesside experiences a temperate climate which is considerably warmer than some other locations at similar latitudes as a result of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream (via the North Atlantic drift). Yet Gateshead like other urban areas, such as Durham and Sunderland can suffer from the effects of flash (or surface water) flooding. The torrential rainstorms during the summer of 2012 saw the area crippled as the Tyne tunnel was closed and the Metro brought to a standstill due to flash flooding, as drainage systems where overwhelmed. Many months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible within a building. 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 a generic term for larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adults lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into the wood to 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.
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