Devon & Cornwall

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Units 1 & 2 North Road Ind Est
EX20 1BQ
01837 608138

Devon and Cornwall

About the Branch

In Devon and Cornwall our team of highly skilled property care technicians and specialist surveyors work across a very diverse landscape which includes locations such as; Barnstaple, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Plymouth, Okehampton, Liskeard, Falmouth, St Ives and Lands End.

Our team offer customers a wealth of expertise. Pairing together local and property care knowledge, we have some of the most experienced experts in providing effective solutions for woodworm, damp and rot problems to our clients. Backed by the resources of a national company, we provide quality property care services, tailored to their needs.

Areas We Cover across the South West

The Devon and Cornwall branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:

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Branch Manager

Belinda Helme - Branch Manager - Rentokil Property Care

Belinda Helme

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.

Name: Belinda Helme
Job Title: Branch Manager
Qualifications: CSRT and CSSW

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.

Property Care expertise from Exeter to Penzance

The main settlements in Devon are the cities of Plymouth, a historic port, Exeter and Torbay. Devon's coast is lined with tourist resorts, many of which grew rapidly with the arrival of the railways in the 19th century. These include Dawlish, Exmouth and Georgian Sidmouth on the south coast, along with Ilfracombe and Lynmouth on the north. Ancient rural market towns include places such as Barnstaple, Bideford, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, and Tiverton. Cornwall's only city is Truro. Nearby Falmouth is notable as a port, whilst Redruth and Camborne together form the largest urban area in Cornwall. Both towns were significant as centres of the global tin mining industry in the 19th century.

The range of rural, coastal and urban areas throughout Devon and Cornwall, offer a varied mix of properties, from fisherman’s cottages and thatched cob cottages to Georgian town houses and modern apartments. Properties of any age, size or historic value can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp. However, problems such as these tend be more prevalent in older properties, such as Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century buildings.

Devon has a mild climate, heavily influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, whilst Cornwall is exposed to the full force of the prevailing winds that blow in from the Atlantic Ocean. The south coast, dubbed the "Cornish Riviera", is more sheltered. Cornwall and Devon have a temperate Oceanic climate and the mildest and sunniest climate in the country. The surrounding sea and its southwesterly position mean that the Cornish weather in particular can be relatively changeable and extreme weather in the form of storms and floods is common.

The excess moisture provided by the Atlantic depressions can lead to structural damage and timber decay if the damp is absorbed through the floors or walls into the fabric of a property.

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.

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.

 The lofts, garages, cellars and garden sheds throughout Plymouth, Newquay, Taunton, Falmouth, Devon and Cornwall, could unknowingly be home to powder post or common furniture beetles (wood-boring beetles). The larvae (woodworm) of these beetles, if left untreated can cause serious damage to wooden beams, floors and wooden furniture in a property. Our skilled experts know how to accurately identify and effectively treat woodworm problems.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our professional property care team have the expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Our specialists hold the Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) accreditation and have the knowledge and experience to identify the causes, and offer the best solutions for woodworm, damp & rot issues. Expert specialists are on hand throughout Plymouth, Bodmin, Falmouth, Taunton and beyond to respond quickly to help protect your home or business. Our effective treatments offer minimal disruption to your property and family, with the peace of mind of 30 year guarantees on our rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm treatments.


Josh Murkin - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Josh Murkin

I enjoy working for Rentokil Property Care as a Surveyor, using my Building Surveyor's degree gained from Greenwich University. The major cities and towns I cover are Exeter, Barnstaple, Taunton, Wellington offering solutions to timber and damp problems in buildings

Name: Josh Murkin
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: BSc
Philip King - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Philip King

I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for 21 years as a building surveyor. I have covered Devon and Cornwall for the last 14 years and am familiar with all types of local building construction.

Name: Philip King
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT and CSSW

Customer Reviews

Woodworm Treatment

"No problem completely satisfied".

 10 out of 10 stars
- Paignton
Woodworm Treatment

"They came, did the job, cleaned up after them. Job done and it seems to have worked".

 10 out of 10 stars
- Paignton
Woodworm Treatment

"Very happy with the service".

 9 out of 10 stars
- Newton Abbot
Woodworm Treatment

"The job was well done, no issues. The floorboards are fine".

 9 out of 10 stars
- Torquay
Woodworm Treatment

"Service was fine".

 10 out of 10 stars
- Hayle