Our team covering Oxford, Reading & the Thames Valley offer a wealth of property care knowledge and support to clients across the area from Newbury and Aylesbury to High Wycombe and Wokingham. There are very few property care issues that we haven't seen or resolved before.
The types of properties we help customers with range from residential buildings in rural, urban and suburban locations, through to offices and other business sites. Our aim is always to deliver the best quality local property care services for woodworm, wet and dry rot and rising damp, supported by the resources and innovative technologies 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.
Thames Valley is a term used for parts of some English counties roughly following the course of the River Thames, as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west towards London in the east. This area has a maritime climate, with generally moderate, but consistent rainfall throughout the year. Any excess moisture which may be absorbed through walls or floors into the fabric of buildings could eventually cause problems such as rising damp.
Towns and villages along the Thames valley have always been susceptible to the river flooding. Areas of Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Wallingford, Wargrave and Oxford have suffered in recent years from the overflowing Thames. Months after flood waters have receded and damp may no longer be visible in a property, moisture levels may still be high enough for wood decay to occur in timbers (especially if it occurs in hidden voids or cavities, with little ventilation). This could potentially lead to damage through wet or dry rot.
The towns of Reading, Oxford, Newbury, Bracknell and High Wycombe are popular areas to live and work within the Thames Valley. These urban and suburban areas, mixed with some more rural locations encompass a diverse range of property styles and ages from Tudor Manor houses and barn conversions, Georgian and Victorian terraces to very modern apartments and new build homes.
Known as the "city of dreaming spires", Oxford demonstrates examples of every English architectural period since the Saxons, including the mid-18th-century Radcliffe Camera. Whilst Reading has five Grade I listed buildings and 853 Grade II buildings, in a wide variety of architectural styles that range from the medieval to the 21st century. Buildings of any age or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. Unfortunately, the damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious.
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 for over 25 years. I have 15 years experience with Property Care as a surveyor working in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol Areas.Our focus in Rentokil is to provide a high quality professional service.