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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
8 Amalgamated Drive
Greater London
020 8003 3505

Middlesex Property Care

About the Branch

We provide property care services and advice for a wide range of different types of premises within Middlesex covering areas such as; Southall, Brentford, Chiswick, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing and Hounslow. We regularly deal with common UK property care issues including wood-boring insects, rising damp and wet or dry rot. Backed by the resources of a national company, we provide quality property care services, tailored to the needs of our customers.

Alongside working with businesses in the area, we provide quick, safe and responsive property care services for residential customers across Middlesex. Our experience of dealing with older properties (especially those that have been redeveloped or refurbished) helps us provide effective solutions to resolve woodworm, damp and rot issues in all types and ages of homes.

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Areas We Cover in Middlesex

The Middlesex branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Richmond
  • Twickenham
  • Brentford
  • Hounslow
  • Feltham
  • Chiswick
  • Southall
  • Isleworth
  • Teddington
  • Greenford
  • Stanwell
  • Kew
  • Ealing
  • Hayes
  • West Drayton
  • Ashford

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.

Specialist, property care service covering Middlesex

Within the area of Middlesex, Chiswick contains Hogarth's House, the residence of the 18th century English artist William Hogarth; 17th century Chiswick House, a neo-Palladian villa regarded as one of the finest in England; and Fuller's Brewery, London's largest and oldest brewery. Chiswick grew almost tenfold during the 19th century and the area is a now mixture of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian housing, many of which have been refurbished or converted into apartments.

Brentford at the start of its 21st century attracted regeneration of its little-used Victorian warehouse premises and docks including the re-modelling of the waterfront to provide more shops, townhouses and apartments, an example being Brentford Dock. Properties like these, 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 that have been renovated or reconditioned.

It is no surprise that with the Rivers Brent and Crane flowing through Middlesex to join the Thames, (which acts as its southern boundary) flooding has always been a periodical issue. From the 1841 flooding of Brentford by the River Brent (due to ice thaw and heavy rains) that caused considerable damage, destroying Brentford bridge to more recent issues of high tides on the Thames and extreme rainfall during early 2014. This led to areas of Chiswick, such as Strand-on-the-Green and Twickenham being deluged as the Thames burst its banks.

Months after flood waters such as these have retreated, damp might no longer be noticeable. Yet moisture levels in some timbers could remain high enough (about 20%) for dry rot to decay the affected 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 a generic term 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 any property which can lead to structural failure of the timbers.

Discovering 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 throughout Middlesex, from Isleworth, Richmond and Kew to Greenford and Hanwell 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 specialists hold the Certificated Surveyors in Remedial Treatment (CSRT) accreditation and have the expertise to identify the causes of woodworm, damp and rot issues and offer effective solutions. Experts are on hand throughout Chiswick, Hayes, Teddington, Isleworth Kew and Richmond to help protect your home or business from the damaging problems of woodworm, rot and damp. 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.

Customer Reviews

Rising Damp Treatment & Plastering

"From start to finish the whole experience was really good, Mr Broom was really helpful, came back when he was asked to. The people who did the work turned up on time and cleaned up after themselves."
  Rating 10/10
- London