Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Advance House
159 - 161 Ravensworth Road
NE11 9AE
0191 543 8415

Call to book a survey on 0191 543 8415

Teesside & Middlesbrough

About the Branch

Working in the busy city centres of Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington; along with the coastal and rural areas of Durham and Northumberland, our team of dedicated property care specialists have the experience and knowledge to deal with problems such as wet and dry rot, woodworm and rising damp. Whether your home is a Victorian terraced house in Durham or a modern apartment in Gateshead Quay (overlooking the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts), we can quickly resolve problems, with minimal disruption to you. Our services, innovative products and latest technology means that we offer solutions to your property care issues based on your individual requirements.

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Areas We Cover in the North East

The Teesside & Middlesbrough branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Cramlington
  • Blyth
  • Newcastlt-upon-Tyne
  • Sunderland
  • Durham
  • Middlesbrough
  • Darlington
  • Tynemouth
  • South Shields
  • Gateshead
  • Whitley Bay
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Barnard Castle
  • Hartlepool
  • Peterlee
  • Hexham

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 Teesside, Tynemouth, Hartlepool & Blyth

Within this corner of the North East, there are wide selections of property types, from terraced homes in densely populated city centres such as Middlesbrough or larger properties in rural market towns such as Hexham to new coastal homes in Whitley Bay. Any building of any size, age or style can suffer from problems with wood-boring beetles, damp or timber damage from wet or dry rot. Damage to properties caused these problems are often not immediately visible. It can take several months, even years before the issue comes to light.

Teesside experiences a temperate climate which is considerably warmer than some other locations at similar latitudes as a result of the warming influence of the Gulf Stream (via the North Atlantic drift). Yet Gateshead like other urban areas, such as Durham and Sunderland can suffer from the effects of flash (or surface water) flooding. The torrential rainstorms during the summer of 2012 saw the area crippled as the Tyne tunnel was closed and the Metro brought to a standstill due to flash flooding, as drainage systems where overwhelmed. Many months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible within 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.

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 a generic term for larvae of wood-boring beetles. Adults lay eggs in cracks in wood and the larvae (woodworm) burrow deep into the wood to 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 along this North East coastline (Albert Park in Middlesbrough and urban, Burn Park in Sunderland for example), could potentially offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Lofts, cellars, garages and garden sheds in Darlington, Redcar, Hebburn and Middlesbrough 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 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 professional team are Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) with the skills, knowledge and resources to identify and resolve property care problems swiftly and effectively. With over 60 years of experience in effectively resolving these issues our treatments for rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm all carry a 30 year guarantee for your peace of mind.


Richard Leckie - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Richard Leckie

I provide all my customers with the best possible customer service, ensuring that the customer is happy with the quality of work from start to finish.

Name: Richard Leckie
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment

"The guy was very proffessional and did what they had to do."
  Rating 10/10
- Alnwick

Woodworm Treatment

"Very pleased, the chap that came was very friendly, knowledgable, which was a bonus."
  Rating 9/10
- Whitley Bay

Rising Damp Treatment

"Fairly good work, work done in a professional manner."
  Rating 9/10
- Morpeth