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Local Branch

Rentokil Property Care
Riverbank, Meadows Business Park
GU17 9AB
01276 817997

Surrey Property Care

About the Branch

The busy towns of Woking, Leatherhead and the Historic towns of Guildford and Weybridge make up some of the addresses where we provide professional property care services. Our customers range from home owners and businesses with a variety of period and historical properties, through to modern and refurbished premises within town centres such as Woking, Tadworth and Esher. We provide discreet and responsive property care solutions to many properties, to ensure they remain free from the damage caused by woodworm, rot and damp issues. Our aim is to always deliver the highest quality local property care services with the support and resources of a national company.

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Areas We Cover throughout Surrey

The Surrey branch of Rentokil Property Care covers:
  • Guildford
  • Leatherhead
  • Woking
  • Dorking
  • Weybridge
  • Chertsey
  • Esher
  • Wraysbury
  • Tadworth
  • Byfleet
  • Staines-upon-Thames
  • Bisley
  • Pirbright
  • Banstead
  • Caterham
  • Ashtead

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

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.

Property Care solutions across Surrey

Much of Surrey is in the Metropolitan Green Belt and is the most wooded county in the UK. Medieval houses, manors and barns survive in the area including in: Cobham, Ewhurst Dockenfield/Frensham, Chobham, Chertsey, albeit with considerable later modifications. A number of smaller houses and pubs of the 16th century are also still standing, whilst 17th century buildings proliferates much further including  the Guildhall, Guildford. In the late 18th century towns like  Farnham and Croydon grew rapidly as commuter towns, while new Victorian towns such as Woking emerged beside the railway lines.

The range of rural and urban areas throughout Surrey, offer a variety of differing age properties, from Tudor manor houses and Victorian brick terraced homes to modern apartments. Any property can be exposed to the risks of damage from woodworm rot and damp, whatever its age, size or history. However, these types of problems can be more prevalent in older buildings, such as Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and early 20th Century properties.

Flooding has been a periodical problem along the river Wey, as it flows through Guildford. The river has long been used for powering mills, as many as 22 have been recorded on the banks of the Wey. In the autumn of 1968 the Wey burst it's banks, with flood waters reaching 6 feet deep in some areas of Guildford. At the time it was said to be a 1 in 1,000 year occurrence, yet over Christmas 2013 (jut over 40 years later) heavy, prolonged rainfall left many areas saturated with groundwater. Christmas eve brought extreme weather with strong winds and 57mm of rainfall within a 24 hour period. The river Wey burst its bank again causing fluvial flooding throughout Guildford town centre, closing roads and flooding homes and businesses. Months after flood waters have retreated, damp may no longer be visible in a property. Yet moisture levels in some timbers can remain high enough 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 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.

Parks and open spaces across Surrey such as Laleham Park in Staines or Stoke Park in Guildford, could offer harbourage to wood-boring beetles. Lofts, cellars, garages and garden sheds in Leatherhead, Weybridge, Esher and Woking 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 professional property care team have the knowledge, expertise and resources to deal with any property care issues. Our 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, damp and rot issues. Expert specialists are on hand to respond quickly 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.


Rodney Durrant - Damp, Woodworm & Rot Surveyor

Rodney Durrant

I'm from a construction surveying backround and have worked for Rentokil Property Care for the past 5 years. I'm proud to represent Rentokil Property Care in the Southern Area.

Name: Rodney Durrant
Job Title: Surveyor
Qualifications: CRDS

Customer Reviews

Woodworm Treatment

"I was happy with the service."
  Rating 9/10
- Leatherhead

Woodworm Treatment

"Just did what was asked to do and good service on the day."
  Rating 10/10
- Guildford