Autumn in Fife: fresh bright mornings, beautiful colours, striking scenery and… rain.

As much as we’d like to ignore it, the truth is that Scotland’s rainfall is the highest in the UK, with last year’s September/October drizzle clocking in at 150% over met office averages.

Stormy weather in Fife

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Unfortunately, water can have a devasting effect on your property and the invitable leaks brought on by autumn showers can lead to wet rot, or its more harmful cousin, dry rot. Both can ultimately cause structural defects in your building.

Autumn is a good time to give your property a once over; especially as leaves start to fall you should regularly check your guttering, pipework and other drainage systems for blockages and leaks. It is worth also examining your roof for missing slates or tiles, which could provide heavy rainfall with an entrance to your property and pave the way to serious internal problems.

Leaking gutters and roofing defects can cause penetrating dampness, which can prove tricky to pinpoint without the help of a damp expert. It is vital never to ignore any obvious signs of water seepage and contact a surveyor at the first sign of dampness, either inside or outside the building.

The Preservation Company, owned and managed by Gavin White, can effectively treat and remove dry rot, wet rot, woodworm and many other forms of fungal decay. Based in the historic city of St. Andrews, our main areas of operation include Fife, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Dollar and Stirling.

At the completion of all contracts we provide the option of a 20-year peace of mind guarantee, so why not contact us to see how we can dry up your dampness concerns today?