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Rentokil Property Care
Unit 5 Orbital Centre
Southend Arterial Road
Woodford Green, Essex
01245 807407

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Essex Property Care

About the branch

Essex Rentokil property care has a network of professionals looking after Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Romford and Clacton-on-Sea. We offer our customers the benefits of over 60 years of knowledge and expertise, supported by the resources of a national company.

We are proud of the relationships we have formed with many clients across the region, ranging from residential clients in urban and suburban locations, through to offices and business sites to modern and refurbished properties in highly populated city centres. We deal with all of the common issues (such as wet and dry rot, damp problems and wood-boring beetles) on a regular basis.

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Areas We Cover throughout Essex

The Essex branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Colchester
  • Braintree
  • Chelmsford
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Basildon
  • Romford
  • Brentwood
  • Billericay
  • Little Waltham
  • Witham
  • Rayleigh
  • Brentwood
  • Great Dunmow
  • Alresford
  • Boreham
  • Danbury

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.

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 across Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Braintree

Over 14,000 buildings have listed status across Essex and around 1000 of those are recognised as Grade I or II importance. The buildings range from the 7th century Saxon church of St Peter-on-the-Wall, to the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club which was the United Kingdom's entry in the "International Exhibition of Modern Architecture" held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1932.

The county includes urban areas such as the Lakeside Shopping Centre, London Stansted Airport and the new towns of Basildon and Harlow, as well as rural towns, villages and hamlets largely built in the traditional materials of timber and brick, with clay tile or thatched roofs. Buildings of any age, style, period or size can be exposed to the risks of wood boring insects, wood rotting fungi or rising damp. These types of problems can affect the structure of the property and tend be more prevalent in older buildings, or those that have been refurbished or redeveloped over time. Problems of this nature are not always immediately obvious, and in many cases can take months or years before an issue is brought to light.

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.

The regions parks and open spaces such as Brook End Gardens or Admirals Park in Chelmsford, could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Garages, garden sheds and lofts across Basildon, Braintree, Harwich and Romford could also unknowingly, shelter powder post or common furniture beetles. The larvae (woodworm) of these insects can cause serious damage to wooden timbers if left untreated. However our skilled, experts know how to identify and effective treat any woodworm problems.

Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment

Our team of professionals are Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) and have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Specialist technicians are on hand to respond quickly to help keep your home free from woodworm, rot and damp. With over 60 years of experience in treating rising damp, fungal decay and woodworm, all our treatments for these issues carry a 30 year peace of mind guarantee.


Daniel DeBrito - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Daniel DeBrito

I have worked at Rentokil, in total for two and a half years. Working for Rentokil is a great opportunity as it's a great company to work for. My aim is to provide the customer with great customer service.

Name: Daniel DeBrito
Job Title: Surveyor

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment

"Chap who did the work was brilliant, Nothing was too much bother, Very good he answered all the questions, Good communication as if he was going to be late he called to advise, He was tidy."
  Rating 10/10
- Chelmsford

Rising Damp Treatment

"No complaints at all. The thing is, the finance - I paid it online but it was just a minor thing everything was fine."
  Rating 9/10
- Woodford Green

Rising Damp Treatment

"The cost was good and they came when they said they would come."
  Rating 10/10
- Clacton On Sea

Woodworm Treatment

"The cost was reasonable, the technicians was professional and you are reputable company. Also the gaurantee."
  Rating 9/10
- Hornchurch