Property Care Services

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For over 60 years we have protected properties across the UK from woodworm, damp & rot

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
2 City Place
Gatwick Airport
01293 739989


About the Branch

We are a dedicated team of property care experts working across Sussex looking after areas including; Haywards Heath, Crawley,  Brighton, Reigate, Worthing, Eastbourne and Uckfield. Our technicians and surveyors have a wealth of experience and knowledge in property care, dealing with issues of structural damage that can be caused by woodworm, wet or dry rot and damp problems on a daily basis. We pride ourselves on exceeding our client’s expectations and on making sure that our customers receive the best advice and treatments in the business. All of which is backed by the resources and support of a national company.

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Areas We Cover throughout Sussex

The Sussex branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Crawley
  • Worthing
  • Brighton
  • Eastbourne
  • Hastings
  • Horsham
  • East Grinstead
  • Uckfield
  • Bognor Regis
  • Crowborough
  • Haywards Heath
  • Burgess Hill
  • Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Bexhill
  • Chichester
  • Reigate

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.

Property Care with local knowledge throughout Sussex

The Sussex coast is a varied mix of coastal communities and lively cities set alongside rural towns. Sussex's building materials reflect its geology, of flint on and near the South Downs and sandstone in the Weald. The area was greatly modified by sea bathing for health which became fashionable among the wealthy in the late 18th century. Resorts such as Brighton, Hastings, Worthing, and Bognor developed along the coast, full of Georgian and Victorian architecture. Our skilled experts working around Worthing, Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton know how pests like woodworm behave and how rising damp or dry rot can affect these and more modern types of properties. This enables us to quickly and effectively resolve problems within homes and businesses across the area.

The climate of coastal Sussex is strongly influenced by the sea, which, because of its tendency to warm up slower than land, results in cooler temperatures than inland in the summer. Rainfall during the summer months is mainly from thunderstorms; from January to March heavier rainfall is due to prevailing south-westerly frontal systems drawn in from the Atlantic. If excess moisture from this climate is eventually absorbed through the walls or floors of a property into the fabric of the building, this can lead to timber decay through rising damp or rot problems.

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.

The areas parks and open spaces such as Brighton’s Preston Park or Bishops Palace Gardens in Chichester, could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Garages, garden sheds and lofts across Bexhill, Eastbourne, Horsham and Reigate 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 professional team 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 from Bexhill to Horsham, Reigate, Chichester and beyond to 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.


Sonny Cook - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Sonny Cook

I've worked for Rentokil Property Care for just over two years having previously spent four years studying Building Surveying at University. My focus is on providing the highest levels of expertise and professionalism for all of my clients.

Name: Sonny Cook
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: BSc