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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
SB 139 - 140 Southbank House
Black Prince Road, Lambeth
020 3733 1185


Working across London’s unique and historic centre, we deliver specialist property care services to customers from Chancery Lane and Ludgate Circus to Barbican and St. Paul’s with passionate, helpful and knowledgeable experts.

We are well-versed in dealing with the complexities of treating all manner of rot, damp or woodworm problems within the limitations of London’s business heartland. Whether it’s an office on Gresham Street or a Georgian terrace in the Threadneedle Street conservation area, we have innovative solutions and the expertise to solve rising damp and wet or dry rot problems effectively. We have worked hard to build a reputation of trust, reliability and expertise with our customers, always aiming to deliver top quality local property care services supported with the resources of a national company.

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Areas We Cover across Central London

The Central London branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Barbican
  • Chancery Lane
  • Monument
  • Liverpool Street
  • City of London
  • Covent Garden
  • Southwark
  • London Bridge
  • Mansion House
  • Moorgate
  • Temple
  • Farringdon
  • Embankment
  • St. Paul's

Branch Manager

Peter Brett - Branch Manager - Rentokil Property Care

Peter Brett

I have worn the Rentokil shirt for 31 years, originally for seven years as a surveyor and then in various management roles. During that time I have always aimed to provide the highest level of service and best advice to provide the best and most economic solutions to our customers.

Name: Peter Brett
Job Title: Branch Manager
Qualifications: CSSW

Differences between Dry and Wet Rot

The vital difference between dry rot and wet rot is the amount of moisture needed within the timber to allow growth. The term ‘Dry Rot’ would suggest no moisture, but in fact a minimum moisture content of about 20% is needed for dry rot to flourish. It’s often found in hidden voids such as the underside of wooden floors, beneath stairs & roof trusses – as it likes warm, damp unventilated areas. Wet rot is limited to very damp wood or plaster with a moisture content of at least 50% and will remain confined to that wet area. The high moisture content required for wet rot is often a result of defective plumbing, gutters or downpipes. We offer professional diagnosis of the type of rot affecting a property, and will tailor a solution to protect it from further damage. All our rot treatments carry a 30 year guarantee.

Local knowledge across Blackfriars, Monument, Moorgate and surrounding areas

The heart of central London dates back to the original walled Roman settlement. Few buildings predate the Great Fire of 1666; the notable exceptions are the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and a few scattered Tudor survivors in the City of London. Central London contains a wide variety of styles, from Wren's late 17th-century churches and the financial institutions of the 18th and 19th century (Royal Exchange and the Bank of England) to the early 20th century Old Bailey. During the Georgian era (1714-1830), London grew rapidly, hence much of inner London is dominated by Georgian buildings, which are distinctive, as they are constructed from London stock brick, which have a yellowish colour (but after centuries of pollution looks grey - see 10 Downing Street as an example).

Continual change, redevelopment and refurbishment have led to ‘lost’ rivers (like the Walbrook and the Fleet, which were built over) and hidden tunnels and unseen voids in complex structural changes over the years that can make rot, damp and woodworm issues more difficult to trace.

Thames flooding has always been a periodical problem. The last major flood in the City was in 1928 when the river overwhelmed basement homes in Southwark and Lambeth, with part of Millbank collapsing into the river. Surprisingly, Farringdon, Temple, Moorgate and the City of London are today, more likely to suffer flood damage from surface water flooding (flash flooding after intensive rainfall) than the Thames breaching its banks. A combination of impermeable surfaces, Bazalgette’s 1860 Victorian sewage network, and the historical channelling of the Fleet and Walbrook rivers directly into an already over-strained system has left central London’s drainage system under increased pressure to cope with intense rainfall.

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.

What is Damp Proofing?

Damp proofing is a general term covering several different methods used to keep excess moisture out of a building. Damp proofing treatments help to prevent water being absorbed through walls or floors and entering interior spaces of a property. If damp were to pass through the fabric of walls or floors it could lead to structural damage and timber decay (such as dry or wet rot) within the building. We provide an extensive inspection by a qualified surveyor who will diagnose the extent and type of dampness - providing recommendations on the most effective ways to treat the damp problem affecting a property.

Why Woodworm is a problem

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.

Lofts, cellars and wooden sheds from Farringdon and Southwark to Moorgate and Chancery Lane, could potentially be home to wood-boring beetles like the common furniture beetle or the powder post beetle. The larvae (or grubs) of these beetles are known as woodworm and they can damage wooden beams, floors and furniture in a property if left untreated.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our team's experience and knowledge of how pests like woodworm behave and rising damp and dry rot affect different properties, enables them to quickly and effectively resolve problems within homes and businesses. Our Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) have the expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Specialist technicians can respond quickly to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. With over 60 years of experience in treating rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm, all our treatments for these problems carry a 30 year peace of mind guarantee.