WET & DRY ROT
Both dry rot and wet rot can cause structural defects in buildings. Not only is it unsightly and destructive but it is also unhealthy. It can grow at an alarming rate in certain conditions. Dry rot and wet rot are usually caused by dampness, running water, poor ventilation and bad maintenance or a combination of these conditions.
Damp issues are without doubt one of the most frequent problems encountered by homeowners. Each year, the typical Scottish home has to deal with around 16,000 gallons (72,737 litres) of rain water, therefore it is not surprising that dampness can cause many headaches for property owners.
Penetrating damp is frequently caused by issues relating to the building or plumbing where water has been allowed to enter a property. More often found in older properties that do not have cavity walls, it can prove tricky to pinpoint without the help of a damp expert.
Woodworm is a description commonly and loosely applied to all wood-boring beetles. The most common wood-boring insect is the Common Furniture Beetle and is estimated to infest about 75% of properties in the UK. The Wood Weevil is also relatively common in buildings and is usually associated with wet rot.
Water damage can be caused by an array of sources such as broken rainwater or sewage pipes, dishwashers, washing machines or heavy rain and river flooding. Time is of the essence when you have discovered water damage in your property.
BASEMENT WATER MANAGEMENT
Owning a property with a basement can offer valuable extra living space without losing precious garden ground. Basement Waterproofing is becoming a popular way of increasing your space without undertaking major building work or moving home.
A member of the Buckwheat plant family Polygonaceae, Japanese Knotweed is widely recognised as the single most invasive species of plant growing the UK today.
Originally native to Japan, China and Korea, it is believed to have been introduced to Britain by a Victorian horticulturalist in 1824 both as cattle feed and as a decorative shrub.
Nearly two centuries later this large, herbaceous perennial is abundant throughout the UK and causes millions of pounds worth of damage every year.