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Our branch encompasses a mix of industrial, commercial, rural and residential premises across South Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands and Powys. We provide a fast and efficient property care service enabling us to quickly understand and resolve any rot, damp or woodworm issues that might arise in your home or business.
The knowledge and experience gained over more than 60 years of treating structural problems caused by wood-boring beetles, wet and dry rot and rising damp is complemented by innovative products and the latest technology, which means we can offer customers the most appropriate solutions to their needs. We always aim to provide the highest quality local property care service with the support 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.
Much of this area is influenced by being in the ‘rain shadow’ of the Cambrian Mountains - warm, moist frontal systems of the Atlantic Ocean which bring light rain in autumn and spring. However the Severn valley is particularly prone to widespread flooding, especially in winter and early spring when soils are usually near saturation, as it drains extensive upland areas in mid-Wales. Recent examples include flooding of the River Severn across areas of Shropshire in early 2014, where areas such as Franwell in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Maesbrook near Oswestry suffered flooding from severe rains which swelled the River Severn to bursting point.
Several months after flood waters have receded damp may not be visible, yet the moisture content of timbers (particularly those in hidden voids or cavities) may still be high enough for damage to occur from wet or dry rot.
This is a diverse area of the UK, from the abundant urban industrial Victorian properties in Wolverhampton, through rural mountainous settlements across Powys, to the historic market town of Shrewsbury. Whose centre has a largely unaltered medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. Any of these building can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm wet or dry rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history - however these issues are not always immediately obvious, in many cases it takes several months or years before a problem is noticed.
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 many 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.