DAMP PROOFING IN EDINBURGH

Are you unsure about a damp issue in your property? Our damp proofing specialists have decades of experience in identifying and treating damp in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. Our specialists will identify if your property is suffering from a damp problem and what is causing it. If a damp problem is found, our surveyors will put together a detailed treatment plan to fix the damp issue in your property.

Wise Property Care are rated and approved by Which? Trusted Traders, Trust Mark, Safe Contractor, Constructionline and the Property Care Association (PCA). Our treatments are typically backed by long term guarantees, giving you peace of mind you are covered should any problems arise.

Our Edinburgh based surveyors are available to advise on any issues with damp proofingdry rotwet rot and woodworm treatments with in both residential and commercial properties.

The Wise branch in Edinburgh covers all areas surrounding Edinburgh including Bathgate, Dalkeith, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Livingston, the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

Our Edinburgh branch covers all of the following services:

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Our Edinburgh team will be able to survey, identify and provide treatment for all of the following property issues:


If your property is suffering from rising damp, this likely means your damp proof course is broken or bridged. Moisture from below ground level can travel up through the walls of a property. This process is known as capillary action and can occur if there is not a working damp proof course in place. If you live in an old building in Edinburgh, we would recommend you ensure the damp proof course is not outdated and meets modern standards.

Heavy periods of rainfall can make the signs of rising damp more apparent. This is because high amounts of rainfall means there is more groundwater that can be absorbed by bricks. According to the Met Office, on average, it rains on 137 days in Edinburgh every year. This accounts for 784 mm of rainfall.

Before any rising damp treatment can take place, our surveyor will conduct a damp survey. During this survey, the surveyor will establish whether or not rising damp is present. If rising damp is present, it is treated by either fixing the damp proof course in place, or installing a new remedial damp proof course altogether. Damp proof injections are the most common method of treating/installing a damp proof course. This usually involves injecting a damp proof cream into the mortar joints to form a water repellent barrier.


Penetrating damp occurs when water or moisture from outside a property finds a way inside. The most common cause of this is a leak through property defects. Defects like faulty guttering and downpipes, gaps in windows, ageing render or gaps and cracks in bricks can contribute to penetrating damp.

Properties with these defects can be even more vulnerable to penetrating damp after facing wind driven rain. Edinburgh is on the east coast and often referred to as “The Windy City”. According to the Met Office, Edinburgh experiences an average wind speed of 8.15 knots. This makes Edinburgh properties at risk of horizontal rain driving against buildings.

The first step to penetrating damp treatment is to identify the source of moisture. It is likely that the source of moisture ingress is down to one of the property defects listed above. Our specialists will establish where moisture is entering the property and remove its source of entry.


Condensation occurs when excess moisture isn’t adequately ventilated from a property, and settles on walls and ceilings. This can lead to black mould growth, peeling decorations and a damp musty smell. Condensation solutions can be as simple as taking steps to improve ventilation in the property. This includes opening windows, use of extractor fans and drying clothes in a tumble dryer. If these steps alone are not effective, then you may wish to consider professional ventilation solutions there for a persistent condensation problem.

Professional solutions to condensation problems can include:



DRY AND WET ROT TREATMENT IN EDINBURGH

Wood rot treatment will vary, depending on whether the timber is suffering from dry rot or wet rot.

Unlike dry rot, wet rot is localised to the source of moisture that allowed it to grow in the first place. Therefore, the first step is to identify and eliminate the source of moisture that is allowing wet rot to grow. Once the moisture source has been eliminated, the damage can begin to be repaired. Our preservation experts will restore affected timber, either by replacing sections of timber that have decayed, or applying a fungicidal treatment to the timber to prevent further damage.

Getting rid of dry rot also begins with eliminating the moisture source, and waiting for the timber to dry out. Infected timber pre-treated timbers Timbers affected by dry rot will be removed and replaced with pre-treated timbers. Any nearby timbers not yet affected must undergo thorough fungicidal treatment to prevent the rot spreading.




CONTACT OUR EDINBURGH OFFICE

Our Edinburgh branch serves most of the East coast including: Livingston, Dalkeith, Bathgate, the Lothians and Borders.

With local surveyors and repair teams based throughout the area, you can contact our Edinburgh team by calling us or using the form below.

Wise Property Care – Edinburgh
7 Bankhead Crossway North
Sighthill Industrial Estate
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH11 4BP

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