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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care

South West London

01372 889555

South West London

About the Branch

Rentokil property care services can be found across several areas of South West London including; Kingston, Sutton, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and Richmond. With our experience and expertise, we can offer a bespoke solution for all of our customers as each situation and property care problem is different. Our surveyors and technicians have a wealth of professional experience and knowledge in dealing with property care issues such as damp proofing and timber decay. 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 West London

The South West London branch of Rentokil Property Care
  • Fulham
  • Wimbeldon
  • New Malden
  • Mitcham
  • Sutton
  • Surbiton
  • Long Ditton
  • Epsom
  • Purley
  • Coulsdon
  • Croydon
  • North Norwood
  • Morden

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.

Specialist, property care service across South West London

Richmond was founded with Henry VII's building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century. During the 18th century Richmond Bridge was completed and many Georgian terraces were built, particularly around Richmond Green and on Richmond Hill. As it continued to prosper and expand during the 19th century, luxurious housing was built on the streets that line Richmond Hill. These properties remain well preserved and many have listed building architectural or heritage status today. The former wharf area of Wandsworth river-front has been redeveloped and is now lined with new apartment blocks. Wandsworth Common, at the top of East Hill, is adjoined by an area known locally as "the Toast Rack" which takes its name from its toast rack shape created on a map, which has some of the most expensive Georgian townhouses in London.

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 prevalent in older buildings, such as Georgian and Victorian properties or those that have been refurbished or repurposed during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the damage that can be caused is not always immediately obvious.

Flooding in the area is not something new, the River Wandle was recorded as early as 1903 bursting its banks across Wimbledon. Other notable incidents such as the heavy storms 2007 and 2014 caused surface water flooding as the sheer volume of intense rainfall cascaded down Wimbledon Hill overwhelming drainage systems. South West London remains vulnerable to surface water and sewer flooding from storm and heavy rainfall events. The large areas of impermeable surfacing (roads, roofs and pavements) and the legacy of Victorian drainage systems are not equipped to cope with intense rainfall that exacerbate the problem. Months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible in a building. 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 general term for the young 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 such as Wimbledon Common or Bishop's Park in Fulham, could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Lofts, cellars, garages and garden sheds throughout Epsom, Purley, Morden and Long Ditton 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

Any building can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. Unfortunately, damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious. Our team are professional Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and are experienced in understanding how woodworm, rot and damp problems can affect a property of any age, period or size and can offer the most effective ways to treat them. They also appreciate how traumatic wood-boring beetles, rising damp or wet rot issues can be, and how important a quick response is to eliminate a problem with the minimum of upheaval to your family or business. For additional peace of mind our treatments come with a 30 year guarantee.