Watford & North London

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 5 Orbital Centre
Southend Road, Woodford Green
01923 884653

Watford & North London

About the Branch

Our dedicated team are passionate about property care and proud of the quality of service they provide to our customers in North London, Park Royal, Watford and surrounding areas. We have many years of experience, local knowledge and an in depth understanding of the property care problems that can affect customers in their homes and businesses. Supported by the resources of a national company, we can deliver quality, innovative, solutions whenever and wherever you need it.

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Areas We Cover across North London

The Watford and North London branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Watford
  • Barnet
  • Enfield
  • East Barnet
  • Edgware
  • Rickmansworth
  • Stanmore
  • Maple Cross
  • Brent Park
  • Wembley
  • Borehamwood
  • Elstree

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 in Rickmansworth, Barnet, Harrow and beyond

Watford originated as a string of houses located on the first dry ground above the marshy edges of the River Colne. It was the early 1800s, which saw the greatest and most rapid changes to the town and by the early 1900s Watford was an established industrial centre. The 19th century also saw a rapid expansion in housing as people moved to the town for work. Most of the streets in the town centre were laid out in the second half of the 19th century.

Barnet covers a group of hills on the northern edge of the London Basin and has two Grade I Listed buildings: the Church of St Jude, the parish church of Hampstead Garden Suburb. Church Farmhouse Museum on Greyhound Hill in Hendon is a grade II* listed 17th-century farmhouse. Friern Hospital was a large Victorian psychiatric hospital in Barnet, which has now been converted into modern flats.

Harrow is an area of contrast, with high levels of affluence in spots such as Harrow-on-the-Hill, and Stanmore and levels of deprivation in areas like as Wealdstone. Harrow is focusing regeneration on Wealdstone and South Harrow and many new 'key service workers'-type flats are springing up. There has been an increase in property redevelopment of existing Edwardian and 1920s to 1940s housing stock, which in turn is attracting new residents looking for a clean, safe, and relatively green environment to live in, close to central London.

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 Georgian, Victorian and early 20 Century buildings or those that have been repurposed or refurbished over time. 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 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.

Lofts, cellars, garages and wooden sheds throughout Watford, Enfield, Barnet and Elstree could potentially be home to wood-boring beetles like the common furniture beetle or the powder post beetle. The larvae (or grubs) of such beetles is known as woodworm and they can damage wooden beams, floors and furniture in a property if left untreated.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our Property Care specialists hold the Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) accreditation and have the expertise and experience to identify the causes, and offer solutions for woodworm, rising damp and wet or dry rot issues. Our effective treatments offer minimal disruption to your property and family, with the peace of mind of 30 year guarantees on our rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm treatments.


Robert Bialek - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Robert Bialek

I have been working for Rentokil Property Care as a Surveyor for the last 20 years. The knowledge , qualifications and experience allows me to provide a quality survey which is crucial in proper diagnosis of any potential issues.

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

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment & Plastering

"Such a high mark was provided as we have done a lot of work and I have known your surveyor for 10 years and is our customer for many years as well."
  Rating 10/10
- London