Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 6 Belleknowes Ind Est
Inverkeithing
Fife
KY111HY
01592 859237

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Fife, Dunfermline & Perth

About the Branch

Across Fife we are dedicated property care experts. There are few damp, rot and woodworm problems that we have not seen and resolved before, over our 60 years of professional experience.

We are proud of the relationships we have built with our customers in Fife and surrounding area, ranging from residential clients in urban and suburban locations, through to offices and business sites. Their properties are just as diverse – from historical and period properties to modern and refurbished homes. Our aim is to consistently deliver the highest quality local damp proofing and property care solutions with the support and resources of a national company.

 

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Areas We Cover in and around Fife

The Fife branch of Rentokil Property Care
  • Dunfermline
  • St. Andrews
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Cupar
  • Cowdenbeath
  • Rosyth
  • Dalgety Bay
  • Leven
  • Crail
  • Anstruther
  • Glenrothes
  • Inverkeithing
  • Tayport
  • Stirling
  • Perth

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.

Our expertise across Fife, Stirling & Perth

Fife is a peninsula, between the Firth of Tay to the north, Firth of Forth to the south and the North Sea to the east. Between Leven and St Andrews is recognised throughout Scotland as the East Neuk (or corner) of Fife, with small settlements around sheltered harbours. The peninsula has a temperate climate but is subject to strong coastal winds, bringing plenty of driving rain which can be absorbed through walls or floors into the fabric of buildings. This has the potential to lead to timber decay through dry or wet rot or problems with rising damp.

Although Fife has an extensive coastline (112 miles long, including the Forth and Tay estuaries), the area is susceptible to surface and ground water flooding, as well as flooding from tidal storm surges. The earliest recorded flooding in Fife was in 1864. Widespread major flooding in Fife occurred in 1992 (80 mm of rain fell in 24 hours) causing flooding most notably in Cupar and Dunfermline where the Lyne, Tower and Calais burns burst their banks and flooded many properties in south-west Dunfermline. More recently summer flooding in North Fife particularly, have resulted from intense short duration rainfall resulting in localised flash (surface water) flooding. Affecting areas such as East Wemyss, Cupar and Dura Den near Pitscottie.

Many 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.

Why Woodworm is a problem

Woodworm is the generic term for larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adult beetles lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into it and feed, making a labyrinth 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 species of woodworm involved and recommending the most targeted and effective treatment to eliminate woodworm before it can spread further through the property.

Green parks and open spaces across Fife like St. Andrews Botanic Garden or Kings Park in Stirling, can unknowingly offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles, along with numerous lofts, garages, sheds and cellars throughout Stirling, Kirkcaldy, Alloa and St. Andrews. Common furniture beetles, are the most widely spread wood-boring beetles in Scotland and their larvae (woodworm) can do a great deal of damage to a property, damaging wooden beams, floors and furniture as they burrow deep into the wood, slowly eating through it over several years. However our skilled, local experts know how to identify and effectively treat any woodworm problems.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our professional team are Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Specialist technicians are on hand from Stirling to St. Andrews, Perth, Kirkcaldy and beyond to 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 issues carry a 30 year peace of mind 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