South East London

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care

South London

020 8003 3948

South East London

About the branch

Our property care services in the South East of London deals with a range of problems in all types of locations from Woolwich, Greenwich, Lewisham, Dulwich, Clapham, Battersea, Lambeth, Kennington and Bermondsey. We have the knowledge and expertise to offer tailored solutions for all of our clients. On a daily basis we deal with issues of structural damage that can be caused by woodworm, wet or dry rot and damp problems.

We have a wealth of professional experience and knowledge in dealing with property care issues such as damp proofing and timber decay. We offer a bespoke solution for all of our customers as each location and property care issue is different. This means we can offer the highest quality local property care services backed by the support, resources and innovative technologies of a national company.

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Areas We Cover across South East London

The South East London branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Woolwich
  • Greenwich
  • Lewisham
  • Dulwich
  • Clapham
  • Bermondsey
  • Kennington
  • Lambeth
  • Battersea
  • Camberwell
  • East Dulwich
  • Shooter's Hill
  • Blackheath
  • Peckham

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

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.

Expertise across Clapham, Battersea, Lambeth and Kennington

Greenwich is notable for its maritime history, built to the south of a broad meander in the River Thames, with a safe deep water anchorage lying in the river. It became a popular resort in the 18th century and many grand houses were built there, such as Vanbrugh Castle (1717). From the Georgian period estates of houses were constructed above the town centre. The buildings surrounding Greenwich market are Grade II listed and were established in 1827–1833. In 1997, Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites, for the quality of buildings of historic and architectural interest, from those along the riverfront, Greenwich Park to the Georgian and Victorian town centre.

As with many areas beside the Thames, in Battersea land was reclaimed by draining marshland and building culverts for streams. From the late 18th century it was established as an industrial area with all of the issues associated with pollution and poor housing affecting it. Industry declined from the area in the 1970s, and local government has sought to address chronic post-war housing. Factories have been demolished and replaced with modern apartment buildings. Elsewhere in Battersea are a growing number of private architecturally-acclaimed riverside, park side and typical modern London homes.

Properties of any age, size or style can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more noticeable in older buildings, such as Georgian, Victorian and early 20th century properties or those that have been refurbished or repurposed during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the damage that can be caused is not always immediately obvious.

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 generic name for 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 open spaces across South East London (like Woolwich Common and Greenwich Park) could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Lofts, cellars, garages, attics and garden sheds in Dulwich, Lambeth, Clapham and Battersea could also unknowingly, shelter powder post or common furniture beetles. The larvae (woodworm) of these insects can cause serious damage to wooden timbers in properties if left untreated. However our skilled, experts know how to identify and effective treat any woodworm problems.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our team of professionals 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 to respond quickly throughout South East London, to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. All our rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm treatments carry a 30 guarantee for your peace of mind.


 Chris Breen - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Chris Breen

I have worked as a surveyor at Rentokil Property Care for over 7 years, covering SE & SW London. Our ultimate aim at Rentokil is to provide a high quality cudtomer service and professional damp and timber treatments for our customers.

Name: Chris Breen
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment & Plastering

"Quite impressed with Simon Cook who dealt with me, went throught the survery with me in detail and I felt I could trust him."
  Rating 9/10
- London

Rising Damp Treatment & Plastering

"Well I have no complaints they were very efficient. Done very well. The only thing I would say is I thought you were doing more than you said. But the guys did it for me as they said it needed doing, so all sorted."
  Rating 10/10
- London