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If you are a commercial property owner or a landlord, then you will know that there is a lot of work that goes into property maintenance. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to keep an eye out for the warning signs.

 If there has been damage to your property which has been missed, this could result in loss of income. Property care experts and damp proofing Edinburgh team, Richardson and Starling, have shared their top tips for spotting property problems before they spiral out of control.

Catching Woodworm

If you have tackled a woodworm before then you will know that it can be a real problem. Woodworm is a collective term for a group of pests which thrive off of moist wood and timber interiors and exteriors.

It is extremely difficult to catch a woodworm infestation before damage has been done. If you do recognise a problem, it is important that you contact a specialist as soon as possible. This treatment can be applied quickly and it is often the most cost-effective answer.

Richardson and Starling say that the first signs of woodworm as small holes that are just 1–3mm in diameter. These holes will be fine and may also cause, powdery dust to form around the area of disturbance.

If you avoid treatment, this could cause serious structural damage to your property, which could cost you, your livelihood.

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Damp Proofing Edinburgh Tips

Damp is an uncomfortable infestation. If you are a landlord, it is important that properties are checked regularly for damp. This problem could drive your tenants away from your lease as damp makes living and working environments extremely unpleasant.

Damp can form in a number of ways. Whether it be penetrating or rising damp it is vital that your property is eradicated of the infestation as soon as possible. The main reason why you should treat your damp problem is that it can cause health problems to those who are exposed to it. 

Rising damp can usually be spotted by the tidemark which will appear around the sides of your wall. This type of damp soaks into the wall and can cause extreme damage to the interior and exterior of your home.

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How to Spot Rot

Wet rot appears on porous materials such as timber. In terms of seriousness, Wet rot can potentially ruin the structure of a property. Wet rot is one of the easier property problems to spot as it comes with an unsightly appearance.

Dry Rot Edinburgh say that “one factor which is unique to dry rot is that it has the ability to travel through cracks and voids in building material looking for new timber to attack”.

Wet rot can be caused by poor plumbing, faulty downpipes, gutters, or other water redirection systems, that could be causing condensation within your property. Many people do not know that dry rot isn’t actually that dry. Dry rot requires no water, however, a moisture content of around 20% is necessary for it to form.