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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care

01865 987587

Oxford, Reading & Thames Valley

About the Branch

Our team covering Oxford, Reading & the Thames Valley offer a wealth of property care knowledge and support to clients across the area from Newbury and Aylesbury to High Wycombe and Wokingham. There are very few property care issues that we haven't seen or resolved before.

The types of properties we help customers with range from residential buildings in rural, urban and suburban locations, through to offices and other business sites. Our aim is always to deliver the best quality local property care services for woodworm, wet and dry rot and rising damp, supported by the resources and innovative technologies of a national company.

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Areas We Cover across the Thames Valley

The Oxford, Reading and Thames Valley branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Oxford
  • Reading
  • Aylesbury
  • High Wycombe
  • Wheatley
  • Abingdon
  • Drayton
  • Chievely
  • Wokingham
  • Maidenhead
  • Marlow
  • Henley-on-Thames
  • Thame
  • Stokenchurch
  • Hazlemere
  • Tring

Branch Manager

Belinda Helme - Branch Manager - Rentokil Property Care

Belinda Helme

I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for over 20 years in a variety of roles. With 15 years surveying experience. I am currently managing South West England & South Wales. Working as a team, our focus is to provide a high quality professional service to our customers.

Name: Belinda Helme
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 solutions across the Thames Valley

Thames Valley is a term used for parts of some English counties roughly following the course of the River Thames, as it flows from Oxfordshire in the west towards London in the east. This area has a maritime climate, with generally moderate, but consistent rainfall throughout the year. Any excess moisture which may be absorbed through walls or floors into the fabric of buildings could eventually cause problems such as rising damp.

Towns and villages along the Thames valley have always been susceptible to the river flooding. Areas of Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Wallingford, Wargrave and Oxford have suffered in recent years from the overflowing Thames. Months after flood waters have receded and damp may no longer be visible in a property, moisture levels may still be high enough for wood decay to occur in timbers (especially if it occurs in hidden voids or cavities, with little ventilation). This could potentially lead to damage through wet or dry rot.

The towns of Reading, Oxford, Newbury, Bracknell and High Wycombe are popular areas to live and work within the Thames Valley. These urban and suburban areas, mixed with some more rural locations encompass a diverse range of property styles and ages from Tudor Manor houses and barn conversions, Georgian and Victorian terraces to very modern apartments and new build homes.

Known as the "city of dreaming spires", Oxford demonstrates examples of every English architectural period since the Saxons, including the mid-18th-century Radcliffe Camera. Whilst Reading has five Grade I listed buildings and 853 Grade II buildings, in a wide variety of architectural styles that range from the medieval to the 21st century. Buildings of any age or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. Unfortunately, the damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious.

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.

Parks and gardens throughout the Thames Valley such as Caversham Court Gardens in Reading or Christ Church Meadow in the heart of Oxford, could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Garages, garden sheds and lofts across Wallingford, Thame, Aylesbury and Marlow could also unknowingly, shelter powder post or common furniture beetles. The larvae (woodworm) of these insects can cause serious damage to wooden timbers if left untreated. However our skilled, experts know how to identify and effective treat any woodworm problems.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) have the expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Specialist technicians can 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 problems carry a 30 year peace of mind guarantee.


Bob Boulton - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Bob Boulton

I have worked for Rentokil for over 25 years. I have 15 years experience with Property Care as a surveyor working in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol Areas.Our focus in Rentokil is to provide a high quality professional service.

Name: Bob Boulton
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT and CSSW

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment

"Just the actual professional job. Your man was superb, he's been fantastic."
  Rating 10/10
- Slough