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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
209 Centuary Buildings
Brunswick Business Park
L3 4BL
0151 909 3781

Liverpool & Merseyside

About the Branch

Liverpool Rentokil Property Care have built-up very close working relationships with our customers, who trust us to protect their businesses and their homes – from historical listed and period properties to modern and refurbished homes. We pride ourselves on exceeding our client’s expectations and on making sure we deliver the best service and advice. Repairing rot damage, damp proofing and treating woodworm within the structure of a building is second nature to us.

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Areas We Cover throughout Liverpool & Merseyside

The Liverpool and Merseyside branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Liverpool
  • St. Helens
  • Bootle
  • Widnes
  • Formby
  • Southport
  • Wigan
  • Huyton
  • Warrington
  • Ormskirk
  • Crosby
  • Skelmersdale
  • Halewood
  • Ashton-in-Makerfield
  • Tarbock Green
  • Prescot

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.

Property Care expertise throughout Liverpool & Merseyside

Located on the Liverpool Bay of the Irish Sea the city of Liverpool is built across a ridge of sandstone hills. Its history means that there is considerable variety in architectural styles found within the city, ranging from 16th century Tudor buildings (Speke Hall Tudor manor house is one of Liverpool's oldest buildings), through to Victorian and modern-day contemporary properties. Liverpool is also believed to contain more Georgian houses than the city of Bath. This richness of historical architecture has led to it being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site - known as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, but such buildings can be sensitive to damage. Merseyside encompasses the metropolitan area centred on both banks of the lower reaches of the Mersey Estuary comprising of five metropolitan boroughs: Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral, and the city of Liverpool itself.

Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp, whatever its age, size or historical value, however these kinds of problems can be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Centaury properties. These issues are not always immediately obvious. In many cases it can take months or years before any problems become visible.

The location of towns in this area such as Southport, Formby and Sefton on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, (most of which is near or below sea-level) combined with the maritime climate and Atlantic depressions of the region leaves areas susceptible to flooding. Liverpool, Southport, Formby and further inland, Orsmkirk, Maghull and Kirby are situated within the drainage basin of the Rivers Alt and Crossens, which can also be prone to groundwater flooding. Any excess moisture may eventually be absorbed through walls and floors into the fabric of a property. Many months after flood waters have receded from a property, damp may no longer be visible yet moisture levels can still be high enough to sustain dry rot. This can lead to structural damage within a building through timber decay.

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 generic term for the 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, garages and wooden sheds from St. Helens and Bootle to Halewood and Ormskirk, could potentially be home to wood-boring beetles like the common furniture beetle or the powder post beetle. The larvae of these beetles (commonly known as woodworm) can damage wooden timbers, wood flooring and furniture in a property if left untreated.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our knowledge and experience 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. 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.

Customer Reviews

Woodworm Treatment

"You guys were efficient, did the work, in and out and no mess."
  Rating 10/10
- Southport