Rentokil Property Care

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 2, Sarum Complex
Sailsbury Road
01895 808539

Uxbridge and Hillingdon

About the Branch

Working across Uxbridge and the Colne valley, we deliver specialist property care services to customers from Ruislip and Northolt to Pinner and Denham. We are experience in dealing with all manner of property care issues from woodworm in lofts to rising damp or dry rot. Supported by the resources of a national company, we deliver quality, innovative, solutions to effectively treat damp, rot and woodworm issues.

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Areas We Cover across Uxbridge

The Uxbridge & Hillingdon branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Uxbridge
  • Hillingdon
  • Ruislip
  • Northolt
  • Pinner
  • Denham
  • Colne Valley
  • Ickenham
  • Harrow
  • Harefield

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 throughout Uxbridge & the Colne valley

By 1800 Uxbridge had become an important market town, helped by its status as the first stopping point for stagecoaches travelling from London to Oxford. Much of the Victorian housing stock was built during this time. During the Second World War Uxbridge and surrounding areas suffered bombing by the Luftwaffe, which led to much post war rebuilding in the area.

The parish of Ruislip appears in the Domesday Book, some of the earliest settlements still exist today, designated as local heritage sites. The parish church, St Martin's, dates back to the 13th century and remains in use. The buildings at the northern end of Ruislip High Street form the core of the original village square and are now Grade II listed.

Homes of any age, size or style can be at risk of damage from woodworm, rot and damp. These kinds of problems tend be more noticeable in older properties, such as, Medieval, Victorian and early 20 Century buildings or those that have been repurposed or refurbished over time.

Although the River Pinn runs through Uxbridge (passing the former site of RAF Uxbridge and the grounds of Brunel University) joining the Frays River, which branches off from the River, the area is more likely to suffer flood damage from surface water flooding (flash flooding after intensive rainfall) than flooding from its rivers. The summer of 2014 saw an intense rain storm in which 46mm fell within less than 2 hours. This led to widespread surface flooding in Ruislip, Ickenham, Northolt, Hillingdon and Harrow – with the A40 at Hillingdon Circus closed due to flooding.

Months after flooding has occurred and the waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible. 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 the general 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 many years. They will happily eat away at wooden floors, furniture and wooden timbers and if left untreated, can seriously weakens 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 species of woodworm involved and recommending the most effective, targeted treatment to eliminate the pest before it can spread any further through the property.

Lofts, cellars, garages and wooden sheds across Uxbridge, Denham, Hillingdon and Ruislip could potentially offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles like the common furniture beetle or the powder post beetle. The larvae of these beetles are known as woodworm and they can cause damage to wooden beams, floors and furniture in a property if not treated swiftly.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Buildings of any age or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. Damage caused by these problems is not always immediately obvious. Our team are professional Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and have the knowledge and experience to offer effective treatments, for woodworm, damp and wet or dry rot issues. Our services offer minimal disruption to your property and family, whilst our 30 year guarantee gives you peace of mind.


Robert Bialek - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Robert Bialek

Name: Robert Bialek
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT & CSSW
Derek Broome - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Derek Broome

Name: Derek Broome
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CSRT and CSSW