Dorset, South Somerset & East Devon

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care

01329 889553

Dorset & Somerset

About the Branch

We are a dedicated team of property care professionals working throughout the Dorset and Somerset area. Our team have acquired a mass of experience, with many having been with Rentokil for many years. This mix of expertise and local knowledge ensures a quality service for our customers throughout the region, including; Poole, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Taunton, Shaftesbury, Weymouth and beyond.

We regularly deal with the most common of UK property care issues including wood-boring insects, rising damp and wet or dry rot. Backed by the resources of a national company, we provide quality property care services, tailored to the needs of our customers from residential and housing associations homes to universities, hospitals and a wide variety of other businesses.

Areas We Cover across Somerset & Dorset

Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Poole
  • Bournemouth
  • Dorchester
  • Weymouth
  • Salisbury
  • Shaftesburty
  • Blandford
  • Swanage

Contact Us

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

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.

Regional knowledge throughout Dorset & Somerset

Much of the region is devoted to farmland, so we work closely with the local agricultural community to ensure their buildings and homes are protected from issues such as wet or dry rot, rising damp and woodworm. The only major urban area consists of the seaside resort of Bournemouth, the historic port and borough of Poole, the towns of Christchurch and Ferndown plus many surrounding villages. Bournemouth was established in the Georgian era when sea bathing became popular. Two other major settlements in the county are Dorchester, which has been the county town since at least 1305 and Weymouth, a major seaside resort since the 18th century. Somerset has two cities, and only a small number of towns. The largest urban areas are Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Yeovil and Bridgwater. Many smaller settlements developed in the middle Ages due to their strategic importance in relation to geographical features, such as river crossings or valleys in ranges of hills.

The range of rural, coastal and urban areas throughout Somerset and Dorset, offer a variety of differing age properties, from medieval houses to modern apartments. Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history. However, these kinds of problems can be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century properties.

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.

The 2,000 acres of parks and gardens of Bournemouth - Upper, Central and Lower are of Victorian gradour and Grade II listed, can offer potential harbourages to wood-boring beetles. As can the lofts, garages and garden sheds throughout Blandford, Poole, Swanage, Dorset and Somerset. 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 knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Our specialists hold the Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) accreditation and have the expertise and experience to identify the causes, and offer solutions for woodworm, damp & rot issues. Expert specialists are on hand in and across Dorset, Sailsbury, Swanage, Poole and  Somerset to respond quickly to help protect your home or business from the damaging problems of woodworm, rot and damp. 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.


Tom Quick

I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for over 2 years and have gained a wide knowledge base within the building industry, which has proved valuable when identifying defects and recommending suitable remedial treatment for the preservation of your property.

Name: Tom Quick
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: BSc
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 to offer solutions to timber and damp problems in buildings.

Name: Josh Murkin
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: BSc

Customer Reviews

Woodworm Treatment

"You were very helpful, came quick and it was done efficiently. No hastle basically"
  Rating 10/10
- Bridgwater

Woodworm Treatment

"It all worked very well."
  Rating 10/10
- Salisbury

Woodworm Treatment

"Chap did a good job, very polite."
  Rating 10/10
- Ferndown

Tanking/ Waterproofing (Penetrating Damp)

"Engineer helpful, good, confident and end result was good."
  Rating 10/10
- Weymouth