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Local knowledge is an integral part of the South & West Wales Rentokil property care and our colleagues are proud of their 60 years of experience in damp proofing and treating woodworm and timber decay (such as dry and wet rot) across Cymru.
With such a wealth of local knowledge and expertise we can help solve any property care issues from Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Carmarthen to Brecon, Merthyr Tydfil and Penarth. We provide high quality service, delivering targeted, innovative solutions to rising damp, wood-boring beetles and wet and dry rot, supported by the resources of a national company.
I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for over 20 years in a variety of roles. With 15 years surveying experience. I am currently managing South West England & South Wales. Working as a team, our focus is to provide a high quality professional service to our customers.
Two-thirds of the Welsh population live in and around the three major South Wales cities of Swansea, Newport and Cardiff, which has a long and diverse history of continual redevelopment, giving rise to a mix of property types across the region.
South and West Wales has a temperate oceanic climate. The communities of Swansea, Port Talbot, Cardiff and Newport experience a milder climate than the mountains and valleys inland. However this same location leaves them exposed to heavy rain-bearing winds from Atlantic depressions: figures from the Met Office make Swansea the wettest city in Britain. If excess damp from these heavy rains passes through the fabric of a building it can lead to structural damage and timber decay from rising or penetrating damp and rot.
Flooding, in particular surface water (flash floods) and coastal flooding can be issues along the South Wales coastline. May 2014 saw torrential rain fall on already saturated ground lead to damaging floods in Penarth, Leckwith, Barry, Cwmbran, Neath and Port Talbot. Coastal Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot are also susceptible to potential coastal flooding from tidal surges, bolstered by strong Atlantic depressions. According to nationalresourceswales.gov.uk ‘1 in 6 properties in Wales are at risk from flooding.’
Many months after flood waters have dissipated and properties have been repaired, moisture levels in timbers (those hidden within a structure in particular) can still be high enough for damage to occur from dry rot.
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 have worked for rentokil property care for over 5 years. I currently cover Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and the South West. Our focus is to provide a high quality professional service to our domestic and commercial customers.