Scotlands Damp Proofing Specialists
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Firstcall Trade Services are the leading damp proofing experts in your area, serving the whole of Scotland. Firstcall Trade Services is part of the award winning Firstcall Group, with over 30 years experience within the All Trades building services industry.
Based just outside of Edinburgh City Centre, we are the leading Damp Proofing experts in your area, serving the whole of the central belt, including;
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy, and the surrounding areas.
Damp Proofing is a general term used to describe methods and treatments of controlling moisture that has built up within walls and floors into the interior of the property.
Although older properties are more susceptible to dampness as they haven’t been constructed without a damp-proof membrane, it can occur in any property. Wether its penetrating damp or rising damp, Firstcall Trade services are specialists in identifying the type of damp and the potential problems.
Rising damp issues are 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.
Rising damp particularly effects older houses although it can effect any property, most common causes are related to older homes when the original damp proof course fails to prevent rising dampness or when the ground level has been altered, bridging the original damp proof course.
One of the most obvious ways to tell if you have a rising damp problem is the clearly defined band of dampness starting from the floor upwards which may cause paint to flake and wallpaper to peel off. Other symptoms include a smell of dampness, reduced temperature at the base of the wall, crumbling plaster and rotting floor timbers.
With rising dampness, the sooner you treat it, the better, as it reduces the risk of long term damage whilst lowering your costs. Contacting fully qualified experts like ourselves as soon as any of the symptoms occur, is the safest and most reliable solution.
Penetrating damp is frequently caused by issues relating to moisture ingress into the building through faulty plumbing, windows or roofs. It is more often found in older properties that do not have cavity walls, it’s often a difficult task to pinpoint exactly where the cause of the damp is coming from unless you use a qualified surveyor or reputable builder.
The key to most penetrating damp problems is firstly locating the point of entry for the moisture and resolving this problem. After cutting off the moisture you can then start to access the damage caused by the penetrating damp and decide on what treatment is required.
Our trained surveyors & technicians will: