West Midlands North

Property Care Services

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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 5 Bromford Central
Bromford Lane
B8 2SE
01902 275148

Call to book a survey on 01902 275148

Wolverhampton, Stafford, Shropshire & Powys

About the Branch

Our branch encompasses a mix of industrial, commercial, rural and residential premises across South Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands and Powys. We provide a fast and efficient property care service enabling us to quickly understand and resolve any rot, damp or woodworm issues that might arise in your home or business.

The knowledge and experience gained over more than 60 years of treating structural problems caused by wood-boring beetles, wet and dry rot and rising damp is complemented by innovative products and the latest technology, which means we can offer customers the most appropriate solutions to their needs. We always aim to provide the highest quality local property care service with the support and resources of a national company.

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Areas We Cover

The Wolverhampton branch of Rentokil Property Care
  • Wolverhampton
  • Shrewsbury
  • Welshpool
  • Stafford
  • Ludlow
  • Oswestry
  • Market Drayton
  • Newtown
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Telford
  • Cannock
  • Madeley
  • Bridgnorth
  • Ellesmere
  • Penkridge
  • Newport

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

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.

Local Expertise within Kidsgrove, Shrewsbury, Welshpool and Tamworth

Much of this area is influenced by being in the ‘rain shadow’ of the Cambrian Mountains - warm, moist frontal systems of the Atlantic Ocean which bring light rain in autumn and spring. However the Severn valley is particularly prone to widespread flooding, especially in winter and early spring when soils are usually near saturation, as it drains extensive upland areas in mid-Wales. Recent examples include flooding of the River Severn across areas of Shropshire in early 2014, where areas such as Franwell in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Maesbrook near Oswestry suffered flooding from severe rains which swelled the River Severn to bursting point.

Several months after flood waters have receded damp may not be visible, yet the moisture content of timbers (particularly those in hidden voids or cavities) may still be high enough for damage to occur from wet or dry rot.

This is a diverse area of the UK, from the abundant urban industrial Victorian properties in Wolverhampton, through rural mountainous settlements across Powys, to the historic market town of Shrewsbury. Whose centre has a largely unaltered medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. Any of these building can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm wet or dry rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history - however these issues are not always immediately obvious, in many cases it takes several  months or years before a problem is noticed.

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 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 many 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 Shropshire and Powys can unknowingly, offer potential harbourages to wood-boring beetles. The larvae (woodworm) of  beetles like the powder post or common furniture beetle, if left untreated can cause serious damage to wooden beams, floors and wooden furniture in a property.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Damage to buildings caused by problems like woodworm, rot or damp are often not immediately visible. Our professional team of Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Quality, specialist technicians are on hand from Ludlow to Oswestry, Telford, Shrewsbury and beyond to respond quickly to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. 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.

Customer Reviews

Damp Proofing Treatment

"Well you were punctual, pleasant , clean and very professional"
  Rating 9/10
- Wolverhampton

Woodworm Treatment

"You were efficient, gave all information and did what you said you would do. It was an excellent service."
  Rating 10/10
- Whitchurch