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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Unit 1, 245 Eldon Street
01228 809796

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Cumbria Property Care

About the Branch

Our dedicated team of expert surveyors and technicians, looking after Cumbria and Lancashire, have a depth of property preservation knowledge and experience, dealing with the most common problems that can cause structural damage to your home on a daily basis. We aim to deliver the highest quality local property care solutions including wet and dry rot treatments, damp proofing and woodworm solutions. All reinforced by the support, technology and resources of a national company.

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Areas We Cover

The Cumbria and Lancashire branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Carlisle
  • Penrith
  • Blackpool
  • Kendal
  • Preston
  • Blackburn
  • Leyland
  • Keswick
  • Gosforth
  • Whitehaven
  • Workington
  • Morecambe
  • Burnley
  • Lancaster
  • Lake District
  • Ribble Valley

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.

Expertise throughout North Lancashire & Cumbria

Cumbria, its Lake District and Lancashire are on the North West coast of England. An upland, coastal, and rural area, which historic sites include Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey, and Hadrian's Wall - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is largely rural: having the second lowest population density among English counties.

This region is affected by the North Atlantic Drift which, combined with the mountainous landscape, makes it one of the wettest part of England. This means that properties in the area can become susceptible to damp and rot problems as the prevailing coastal winds provide an overabundance of moisture that may eventually be absorbed through the fabric of buildings, leading to timber decay from wet or dry rot, or issues such as penetrating or rising damp.

Flooding across areas of Cumbria is not uncommon. Carlisle, on the flood plain of three rivers (the Rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril) has suffered periodical flooding since 1700’s. The heavy storms of 2005 caused surface water flooding as well as river flooding, when 2 months’ worth of rain fell in under 24 hours. This has led to strengthening of the flood defences. Areas such as Cockermouth, Keswick, Seathwaite and Workington have also shown they are susceptible to flooding problems from heavy rainfall events. Areas of impermeable surfacing (roads, roofs and pavements) and the legacy of Victorian drainage systems that are not equipped to cope with intense rainfall have exacerbate the problem. Months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible in a property. Yet moisture levels in some timbers within a property, can remain high enough (above about 20%) for dry rot to decay the wood.

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 generic name for 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.

Parks and open spaces across Cumbria (like Buchanan Park in Lancaster or Haysham Park in Carlisle), could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Lofts, cellars, garages and garden sheds in Carlisle, Kendal, Lancaster and Ulverston 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 team are professional Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care problems. Specialist technicians are on hand across the region to respond quickly to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. We have over 60 years of practical expertise in treating rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm, with all our treatments for these issues carrying a 30 year, peace of mind guarantee.


Lee Catterall - Damp, Woodworm and Rot Surveyor

Lee Catterall

I've been covering the North West and Cumbria area with Rentokil for the last 2 years. I always take pride in delivering the best service and solution to damp and timber decay issues.

Name: Lee Catterall
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: BSc

Customer Reviews

Woodworm Treatment

"They were very professional from the moment, GO! Liked the way we were treated."
  Rating 9/10
- Lancaster