Electro-osmosis hocus-pocus

We recently came across a relic of the damp-proofing industry – evidence of electro-osmosis damp-proofing. This “black-magic” was used in the past and must have had some benefit, however, one weak point was that any break in the wire rendered the full system ineffective.  The paragraph below explains the thought process behind it:- Electro osmosis …

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Condensation problem

A wardrobe was moved by this homeowner to allow decoration. Substantial mould growth caused by condensation to the wall surface was found to be dry, however, during the coming winter months this wall surface would be soaking wet if the problem is not addressed. Specific advice was provided to deal with this issue. Mould often …

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Recently completed job

A homeowner recently came across a rather concerning mushroom growing through their curtains whilst cleaning an infrequently used room! The customer advised that leaking rainwater goods had been attended to a few month before but at that time no internal damage was evident. Unfortunately, moisture ingress had occurred through the sandstone and caused excessive moisture …

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Condensation and mould

Now that we are in the winter months condensation symptoms (particularly mould) are becoming prevalent again. The recent, desperately sad, news of Awaab Ishak the two-year-old who died has brought the topic of mould into sharp focus. The inquiry concluded that Awaab died of a severe respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to mould. The …

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Exposing Dry Rot

We were asked to carry out a timber survey of office accommodation for the River Garden Project at Auchencruive estate in Ayr prior to refurbishment to form residential accommodation. Warping to window panelling was a tell-take sign of concealed dry rot and further exposure revealed substantial repairs and treatment were required. Work is currently in …

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Providing Advice

We were recently asked to provide advice for rot repairs and damp treatments for a project being carried out at Millport Town Hall for McLaughlin Construction. Specialist works are being undertaken by Insula Preserve and covered by a 20 year guarantee.

Money Saving Expert

We were asked to carry out a Timber survey in Glasgow where the home report had noted, quite reasonably, that movement to the bedroom floor may be indicative of concealed decay to timbers. The customer had already been quoted in the region of £3000 for replacement of the floor. We were able to locate a …

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