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Across Fife we are dedicated property care experts. There are few damp, rot and woodworm problems that we have not seen and resolved before, over our 60 years of professional experience.
We are proud of the relationships we have built with our customers in Fife and surrounding area, ranging from residential clients in urban and suburban locations, through to offices and business sites. Their properties are just as diverse – from historical and period properties to modern and refurbished homes. Our aim is to consistently deliver the highest quality local damp proofing and property care solutions 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.
Fife is a peninsula, between the Firth of Tay to the north, Firth of Forth to the south and the North Sea to the east. Between Leven and St Andrews is recognised throughout Scotland as the East Neuk (or corner) of Fife, with small settlements around sheltered harbours. The peninsula has a temperate climate but is subject to strong coastal winds, bringing plenty of driving rain which can be absorbed through walls or floors into the fabric of buildings. This has the potential to lead to timber decay through dry or wet rot or problems with rising damp.
Although Fife has an extensive coastline (112 miles long, including the Forth and Tay estuaries), the area is susceptible to surface and ground water flooding, as well as flooding from tidal storm surges. The earliest recorded flooding in Fife was in 1864. Widespread major flooding in Fife occurred in 1992 (80 mm of rain fell in 24 hours) causing flooding most notably in Cupar and Dunfermline where the Lyne, Tower and Calais burns burst their banks and flooded many properties in south-west Dunfermline. More recently summer flooding in North Fife particularly, have resulted from intense short duration rainfall resulting in localised flash (surface water) flooding. Affecting areas such as East Wemyss, Cupar and Dura Den near Pitscottie.
Many 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 generic term for larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adult beetles lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into it and feed, making a labyrinth 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 species of woodworm involved and recommending the most targeted and effective treatment to eliminate woodworm before it can spread further through the property.