Buildings Maintenance Issues: Our Top 4 Property Problems

Because we provide a range of property services – from cellar and barn conversions, to wet/dry rot and rising damp – for our Worcester customers, we see all kinds of problems, and buildings in varying states of upkeep.
Given the kind of climate here in the UK, it’s not surprising that many of the cases we deal with involve damp or moisture in one way or another, and this is our top four most often treated:

Rising and penetrating damp
A problem mostly associated with older properties, rising damp can be caused by a failing damp-proof course, poorly maintained brickwork or broken guttering. Making sure these three are well maintained will provide protection against the incursion of water. If you have basement space under your house it will require tanking to keep the damp away – why not ask about our cellar conversion service, available for Worcester and the midlands.

Airborne moisture
In milder form this can just be a bit of a nuisance, but it canreally get out of controlwhen certain atmospheric conditions apply, ruining household interiors, possessions and damaging health. If you have water condensing on your windows and walls, don’t wait to get it sorted – we can deal with all kinds of damp, including condensation, and we cover Malvern and the surrounding area.

Wet rot and Dry rot
These are both actually fungal infections that need swift action to avoid serious damage to the fabric of your home. Wet rot is an easier culprit with localised fungal blooms, it only flourishes where wood, brick, or plaster are actually wet. Dry rot presents a bigger problem – if left to spread it can leave the site of moisture and creep into the wood and brick structure of your property, making it difficult and costly to eliminate.

This is a fairly common pest that can be treated at the site of the infection. Wood applications can then ensure that other timber in the home is not susceptible to attack. Look out for regular shaped little holes in your wood work –and check for timber residue beneath the boring site, this will indicate alive infestation.