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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?

 

Back in June we were proud to announce sponsorship of STAAG (The University of St Andrews Adventure Group): an intrepid bunch of students on a 10,000-mile pan-continental expedition to raise money for GoHelp’s charity project in Mongolia.

The STAAGs were taking part in the Mongol Rally; a marathon road trip in which 879 teams cross 10,000 miles of mountains, deserts and rough terrain to reach their final destination: Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Maybe you noticed the official STAAG Mitsubishi, ‘Mitsy’, driving around St Andrews beforehand with The Preservation Company’s logo on display.

These courageous students commenced their mission on 14th July 2012 at Woburn safari park. Led by team member Tom in Mitsy, the crew set off on their epic road trip, journeying across inhospitable lands to the ancient Mongol capital. Throughout the course of the rally, other vehicles such as the team’s Ranger gave up the ghost, but not so Mitsy, who soldiered on to her ultimate destination.

For a highly entertaining account of Mitsy’s many adventures, read more about the STAAGs’ epic mission on their official blog.

Here at The Preservation Company, we’re passionate about our surroundings. Our magnificent medieval town of St Andrews is teeming with cathedrals, castles, botanic gardens and country parks, and boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines and golf courses in this part of the world.

St Andrews is also home to Scotland’s first university, founded in 1413 and still thriving today. Something we see quite a lot in our remedial work is properties that have been used as student accommodation and have, over the years, been somewhat neglected both internally and externally.

13 Greyfriars Garden was no exception to this rule. When Kevin Mullins (the current owner) bought it, this typical first and second floor St Andrews terraced property was in dire need of attention. Rainwater ingress through aging roof coverings and gutters had caused some serious internal issues. We discovered penetrating damp and wet rot to joist ends, rafters and wall strappings, and plaster damage among other problems.

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Over the course of our remedial treatment, we stripped back the damaged areas, treated all remaining timbers, replaced the plasterwork and framing, renewed the lintels in concrete and made good all areas, including the traditional ornate cornicing. Now the owner can continue his refurbishment of this centrally placed character house safe in the knowledge that rainwater can cause no further damage.

“I am happy to go on record as saying that, throughout the whole process, The Preservation Company was extremely professional” summarises satisfied owner Kevin Mullins, “and the work carried out was of the highest standard.”

If you have concerns about how this wet autumn weather might be affecting your property, contact us today: we’d be happy to help.

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