Peter Cox, founded in 1951 and the UK market leader in the property preservation industry, is widely recognised as a company to trust with unrivalled experience in the repair and preservation of all types of property from private housing to historic buildings.
We provide property professionals, owners, public authorities and building contractors with specialist advice and effective repair solutions in damp control, wet rot and dry rot services, woodworm treatment, structural repairs and timber treatments, alongside waterproofing and tanking solutions and bird control and deterrence measures.
The company has a wealth of experience ranging from private to commercial property preservation, to public buildings, churches and numerous national and regional historic buildings and landmarks.
Peter Cox is a founder member of the Property Care Association promoting high standards of professionalism and expertise within the industry. By working with a member of the Property Care Association you are ensuring you’re dealing with the best providers in structural maintenance, timber preservation, damp and condensation control.
Other memberships include the British Structural Waterproofing Association (BSWA).
Damp proofing is the protective process to ensure moisture cannot pass through all walls in contact with the ground or floors. There are many different causes of damp within properties, from rising damp, penetrating damp, waterproofing or through condensation problems.
Affecting an estimated one in five UK properties, condensation is perhaps the most common cause of damp problems in buildings and homes in the UK.
It is the result of warm, water vapour filled air condensing when it comes into contact with cold surfaces like walls or windows and leaving behind beads of water (condensation) on the surface. If left untreated, condensation can lead to peeling decorations, unhealthy living conditions and black mould growth.
Thankfully however, along with a variety of DIY solutions to stop condensation, there are now a selection of different condensation solutions to alleviate and resolve the issue.
A common pest in the UK, woodworm is the name given to the larvae of many different species of wood-boring beetle. These little critters can afflict any property whether old or new, and attack both decorative and structural timbers, with severe cases requiring extensive repair work to the building.
The woodworm larvae will reside inside woods and timbers for up to five years, constantly chewing their way through the wood before they pupate and transform into their adult form, finally emerging from the wood to mate and repeat the woodworm life cycle all over again.
Their attacks are varied, depending on the type of beetle and its lifespan, so accurate identification by a surveyor is key to ensuring the correct woodworm treatment.
Dry rot is a serious timber condition caused by fungal growth. It will cause the decay and degradation of any timber or cellulose based product such as cardboard and paper it comes into contact with and this can often result in structural integrity problems for properties affected by it.
Dry rot needs moisture to flourish – the “dry” in its name only indicates that it requires less moisture than wet rot to flourish. Common moisture sources that lead to dry rot include leaking pipes and external water ingress from damaged guttering, roof tiles, down pipes or more commonly in poorly ventilated sub floor voids.
Dry rot is not the “property killer” it is often portrayed to be, despite its ability to cause serious damage to structural timbers. A dry rot treatment programme carried out by an experienced and qualified expert can eliminate the problem and the earlier you can identify dry rot the more simple and cost effective treatment becomes.