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Working across Uxbridge and the Colne valley, we deliver specialist property care services to customers from Ruislip and Northolt to Pinner and Denham. We are experience in dealing with all manner of property care issues from woodworm in lofts to rising damp or dry rot. Supported by the resources of a national company, we deliver quality, innovative, solutions to effectively treat damp, rot and woodworm issues.
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.
By 1800 Uxbridge had become an important market town, helped by its status as the first stopping point for stagecoaches travelling from London to Oxford. Much of the Victorian housing stock was built during this time. During the Second World War Uxbridge and surrounding areas suffered bombing by the Luftwaffe, which led to much post war rebuilding in the area.
The parish of Ruislip appears in the Domesday Book, some of the earliest settlements still exist today, designated as local heritage sites. The parish church, St Martin's, dates back to the 13th century and remains in use. The buildings at the northern end of Ruislip High Street form the core of the original village square and are now Grade II listed.
Homes of any age, size or style can be at risk of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more noticeable in older properties, such as, Medieval, Victorian and early 20 Century buildings or those that have been repurposed or refurbished over time.
Although the River Pinn runs through Uxbridge (passing the former site of RAF Uxbridge and the grounds of Brunel University) joining the Frays River, which branches off from the River, the area is more likely to suffer flood damage from surface water flooding (flash flooding after intensive rainfall) than flooding from its rivers. The summer of 2014 saw an intense rain storm in which 46mm fell within less than 2 hours. This led to widespread surface flooding in Ruislip, Ickenham, Northolt, Hillingdon and Harrow – with the A40 at Hillingdon Circus closed due to flooding.
Months after flooding has occurred and the waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible. 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 general 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 many years. They will happily eat away at wooden floors, furniture and wooden timbers and if left untreated, can seriously weakens 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 species of woodworm involved and recommending the most effective, targeted treatment to eliminate the pest before it can spread any further through the property.