London West End

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
SB 139 - 140 Southbank House
Black Prince Road, Lambeth
020 3468 5570

London West End

About the Branch

Our dedicated team of property care experts have an extensive and wide ranging knowledge of issues such as woodworm, rising damp and dry rot and have gained valuable experience in resolving these problems within the complexities of the West End area of London; covering locations such as Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Embankment, Strand, Kingsway, Camden, Holborn, St Johns Wood, Bloomsbury and Soho. Our aim is to consistently deliver the highest quality property care services, backed with the resources and support of a national company. This allows us to deliver quality service with compassion and understanding of the nuisance and distress having issues such as wood-boring insects, rising damp or dry rot can cause you.

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Areas We Cover in the West End

The London West End branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Leicester Square
  • Strand
  • Kingsway
  • Camden
  • Holborn
  • St Johns Wood
  • Bloomsbury
  • Soho
  • Marylebone
  • Mayfair
  • Paddington
  • Madia Vale
  • Kilburn
  • Hampstead

Branch Manager

Peter Brett - Branch Manager - Rentokil Property Care

Peter Brett

I have worn the Rentokil shirt for 31 years, originally for seven years as a surveyor and then in various management roles. During that time I have always aimed to provide the highest level of service and best advice to provide the best and most economic solutions to our customers.

Name: Peter Brett
Job Title: Branch Manager
Qualifications: 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 across the West End

After the Great Fire of London the area now known as West End started to grow, aristocrats favoured it as it was usually upwind of the smoke drifting from the crowded City. Developed in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, it was originally built as a series of palaces, expensive Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian town houses and fashionable shops. The districts to the south, north and west of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens were developed between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the late 19th century. 

The area was laid out with many notable public squares (Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square, Oxford Circus, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho Square) and circuses, the latter being the original name for roundabouts in London. Whilst the architectural feature of the London square, originated from the front garden of a rich man’s house - Hanover Square is a good example. Continual redevelopment and refurbishment of these properties have led to hidden tunnels and unseen voids in complex structural changes to these buildings, over many years that can make rot, damp and woodworm issues more difficult to trace.

Properties of any age, style, period or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. These types of problems can affect the structure of the property and tend be more prevalent in older buildings (pre 20th century), or those that have been refurbished or redeveloped over time.

Fifteen per cent of London is in flood plain, protected by flood defences, but these can only protect London from fluvial (rivers overflow, due to high rainfall flowing into them) and tidal flood risk. The West End of London is still vulnerable to surface water and sewer flooding from storm and heavy rainfall events. Due to the large areas of impermeable surfacing (roads, roofs and pavements) and the legacy of Victorian drainage systems that aren’t equipped to cope with intense rainfall.

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.

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.

Lofts, attics, cellars, garages and wooden sheds throughout Soho, Mayfair, Leicester Square, Maida Vale and Bloomsbury could potentially be home to wood-boring beetles like the common furniture beetle or the powder post beetle. The larvae (or grubs) of such beetles is known as woodworm and they can damage wooden beams, floors and furniture in a property if left untreated.

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 across the West End of London 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.