Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Aniseed Park, Broadway Business Park
0161 820 3857


About the branch

We have a dedicated team of property care specialists working across Greater Manchester to restore and protect properties damaged by wet and dry rot, woodworm or damp problems. Our customers range from owners of historical and period properties to those with modern and refurbished dwellings. Our surveyors and technicians have a wealth of experience and knowledge in dealing with property care issues. This means we can offer the highest quality local property care services backed by the support, resources and innovative technologies of a national company.

Areas We Cover around Manchester

The Manchester branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Stockport
  • Rochdale
  • Sale
  • Oldham
  • Bury
  • Altrincham
  • Cheadle
  • Manchester
  • Swinton
  • Failsworth
  • Mossley
  • Wilmslow
  • Aston-under-Lyne
  • Middleton
  • Eccles
  • Urmston

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

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 expertise throughout Greater Manchester

Manchester, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north. A city of contrast, its buildings shows a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian (where the widespread use of red brick characterises the city) to contemporary structures. Much of the architecture in the city harks back to its days as a global centre for the cotton trade. Just outside the immediate city centre a number of former cotton mills have been redeveloped into apartment buildings and office space. Manchester Town Hall, in Albert Square, was built in the Gothic revival style and is considered to be one of the most important Victorian buildings in England. The Green Building, opposite Oxford Road station, is a pioneering modern eco-friendly housing project, while One Angel Square (reputed to be one of the most sustainable large buildings in the world) incorporates passive solar gain for heat and uses rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling.

Properties of any age, size or history can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Victorian and early 20th Century properties or those that have been refurbished or repurposed over time. Unfortunately, the damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious. 

The River Irwell runs through central Manchester, fed by the River Medlock - which notably flooded in 1872 washing away footbridges, sluice gates and much of Manchester City Cemetery as well as flooding homes in Ancoats up to their bedrooms. Today the area is more likely to suffer flood damage from surface water flooding (flash flooding after intensive rainfall) than river flood water. 2007, 2010 and 2013 all saw intense rain storms in which widespread surface flooding affected Wilmslow, Hale, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Bury and other areas of Greater Manchester. Months after flood 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.

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.

Parks and gardens like Manchester's Bruntwood Park or Winton Park in Eccles can offer wood-boring beetles a safe harbourage. Many attics, cellars, garages and wooden sheds across Wilmslow, Rochdale, Cheadle, Bury and Sale may also unknowingly, shelter powder post or common furniture beetles, whose larvae (woodworm) can cause serious damage to wooden beams, floors and furniture in a property if left untreated.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our experience and knowledge of pests like woodworm and how problems like rising damp and dry rot affect different properties, enables us to quickly and effectively resolve issues within homes and businesses. Our Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) have the expertise and resources to deal with any property care problems. Specialist technicians can respond quickly to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. With over 60 years of experience in treating these issues, all our treatments for woodworm, dry rot and rising damp problems carry a 30 year peace of mind guarantee.


Damon Rothery - Damp, Woodworm and Rot Surveyor

Damon Rothery

I aim to provide my customers with the right solution for their property care problem.

Name: Damon Rothery
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT