Working in the busy centre of the historic city of York; along with the rural areas of Tadcaster, Fulford, Haxby and Nether Poppleton, our team of dedicated property care specialists have the experience and knowledge to deal with problems such as wet and dry rot, woodworm and rising damp. Our services, innovative products and latest technology means that we offer solutions to your property care problems based on your individual needs.
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The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD on trade and prospered. During the later Middle Ages York merchants imported wine, cloth, wax, canvas, timber and furs and exported grain and wool to Gascony and the Low Countries. A medieval feature of central York is the 'Snickelways' (narrow pedestrian routes) many of which led to former market-places in Pavement and St Sampson's Square. In Goodramgate many medieval houses survive, including the early 14th century Lady Row built at the edge of the churchyard of Holy Trinity church. The city encompasses a diverse variety of property styles and ages from Tudor merchant homes, Georgian and Victorian terraces to very modern apartments. 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.
York has a temperate climate. As with the rest of the Vale of York the city's climate is warmer than the rest of the Yorkshire region. Because of its lowland location York is prone to frosts, fog, and cold winds during winter, spring and very early summer. However, York’s long standing issue has always been flooding.
The city lies in the Vale of York; a flat area bordered by the Pennines, North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds, and was built at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. Prone to flooding, it has extensive (and mostly effective) network of flood defences with walls along the river, and a liftable barrier across the River Foss where it joins the Ouse at the 'Blue Bridge'. Yet in the autumn of 2000 York experienced the worst flooding in 375 years with more than 300 homes damaged by flood water. During torrential storms, rain water off the Dales, came hurtling down the tributaries (the rivers Swale, Ure and Nidd) into the Ouse towards York, aiming for escape into the North Sea, via the Humber, and overwhelmed the city as the river spilt out beyond its usual confines.
Months after flood 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 cause decay to the wooden beams.
Woodworm is a common name for larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adults lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into the wood to 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.
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