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In Devon and Cornwall our team of highly skilled property care technicians and specialist surveyors work across a very diverse landscape which includes locations such as; Barnstaple, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Okehampton, Liskeard, Falmouth, St Ives and Lands End.
Our team offer customers a wealth of expertise. Pairing together local and property care knowledge, we have some of the most experienced experts in providing effective solutions for woodworm, damp and rot problems to our clients. Backed by the resources of a national company, we provide quality property care services, tailored to their needs.
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.
The main settlements in Devon are the cities of Plymouth, a historic port, Exeter and Torbay. Devon's coast is lined with tourist resorts, many of which grew rapidly with the arrival of the railways in the 19th century. These include Dawlish, Exmouth and Georgian Sidmouth on the south coast, along with Ilfracombe and Lynmouth on the north. Ancient rural market towns include places such as Barnstaple, Bideford, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, and Tiverton. Cornwall's only city is Truro. Nearby Falmouth is notable as a port, whilst Redruth and Camborne together form the largest urban area in Cornwall. Both towns were significant as centres of the global tin mining industry in the 19th century.
The range of rural, coastal and urban areas throughout Devon and Cornwall, offer a varied mix of properties, from fisherman’s cottages and thatched cob cottages to Georgian town houses and modern apartments. Properties of any age, size or historic value can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp. However, problems such as these tend be more prevalent in older properties, such as Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century buildings.
Devon has a mild climate, heavily influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, whilst Cornwall is exposed to the full force of the prevailing winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean. The south coast, dubbed the "Cornish Riviera", is more sheltered. Cornwall and Devon have a temperate Oceanic climate and the mildest and sunniest climate in the country. The surrounding sea and its southwesterly position mean that the Cornish weather in particular can be relatively changeable and extreme weather in the form of storms and floods is common.
The excess moisture provided by the Atlantic depressions can lead to structural damage and timber decay if the damp is absorbed through the floors or walls into the fabric of a property.
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 enjoy working for Rentokil Property Care as a Surveyor, using my Building Surveyor's degree gained from Greenwich University. The major cities and towns I cover are Exeter, Barnstaple, Taunton, Wellington offering solutions to timber and damp problems in buildings
I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for 21 years as a building surveyor. I have covered Devon and Cornwall for the last 14 years and am familiar with all types of local building construction.