Dumfries, Galloway & Ayrshire

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 4 & 5 M8 Interlink Estate
Kirkshaws
Coatbridge
ML5 4RP
01387 808533

Call to book a survey on 01387 808533

Dumfries, Galloway & Ayrshire

About the Branch

The Dumfries, Galloway and Ayrshire team of expert technicians and surveyors have a wealth and depth of local knowledge that encompasses over 60 plus years of practical experience and expertise in damp proofing, woodworm and fungal decay treatments. The customers we assist dwell in a diverse range of homes – from historical and period properties to refurbished tenements and modern buildings. We always aim to deliver the highest quality property care solutions backed by the resources of a national company.

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Areas We Cover in Ayreshire, Galloway & Dumfries

The Dumfries, Galloway and Ayrshire branch of Rentokil Property Care
  • Dumfries
  • Galloway
  • Ayrshire
  • Gretna
  • Lockerbie
  • Kilmarnock
  • Stranraer
  • Castle Douglas
  • Irvine
  • Renfrew
  • Cumnock
  • Annan
  • Greenock
  • Girvan
  • Maybole
  • Larkhall

Branch Manager

Mark Kirk - Branch Manager - Rentokil Property Care

Mark Kirk

I have just completed 20 years with Rentokil, the last 10 as a Branch Manager, and there's not much in the realm of damp and decay I have not encountered! I have always taken pride in delivering the finest customer service whilst providing value for money.

Name: Mark Kirk
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.

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 specialists across Ayrshire, Galloway & Dumfries

Galloway is contained by sea to the west and south, the Galloway Hills to the north. The generally south slope and southern coast make for a mild but wet climate in this area, whilst Dumfries experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and milder winters. As the river Nith runs through Dumfries (with it's mellowed sandstone buildings), it splits the town into East and West and in the wetter months of the year the Nith can be known to flood the surrounding streets of Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Gretna.

Several months after flooding has receded, any excess moisture absorbed into the fabric of a building (through floors and walls) may no longer be visible, yet the moisture levels may still be high enough for rot to occur in timbers. This then has the potential to lead to damage through wood decay such as dry rot or wet rot.

Properties in coastal areas, such as Annan, Stranraer, Girvan and Ayr with their prevailing costal winds can also suffer issues with excess moisture, associated with driving winter gales, which if given an opportunity can lead to problems with rising damp or penetrating damp.

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, wooden sheds and garages throughout Galloway, Dumfries and Ayrshire could potentially be home to common furniture beetles, which are the most common wood-boring beetles in Scotland. Local parks and gardens like Mill Green and Castledykes Park can unknowingly offer wood-boring beetles shelter. The larvae of such beetles are known as woodworm. They can do a great deal of damage if they enter a property, damaging wooden beams, floors and furniture as they burrow deep into the wood, slowly eating through it over several years.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Damage to buildings caused by problems such as rot, damp or woodworm are not often immediately visible and in many cases can take months or years to come to light. Our professional Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues you may face. Our specialists are on hand in and around Dumfries, Galloway and Ayrshire, from Gretna and Ayr to Stranraer and Maybole, to respond quickly to identify and resolve problems such as woodworm, damp and rot.

For your added peace of mind all our treatments for rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm carry our 30 year guarantee.

Surveyors

Kenny Stewart  - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Kenny Stewart

I have a good knowledge of building construction and the necessary experience to identify and resolve problems relating to our customers dampness and timber problems within the Scotland.

Name: Kenny Stewart
Job Title: Surveyor