Preservation Work

Hometech’s team of qualified and dedicated experts can attend to any preservation work that is required to your property, whether it’s a listed building or otherwise.

Our preservation work ranges from damp proofing treatments, including dry and wet rot, to external stonework to simple joinery services and window replacements.

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Timber Decay specialists

Timber remains a very useful material in a world of diminishing resources, and is a major component in most historic buildings. The most common and destructive threats to timber are dry rot, wet rot, common furniture beetle, and death watch beetle. Fungi can lie dormant in timber for years until the right conditions present themselves. Conditions needed are oxygen, moisture and nutrients.

Treating Dry/Wet Rot

Hometech’s team of dedicated building specialists are experts in the early identification of and treatment of timber decay, dry and wet rot.

Dry rot

The first stage of dry rot treatment is to find the source of the moisture and then determine the full extent of the dry rot outbreak. In order to do this plaster needs removed and rendered in all directions, as well as removing flooring and lifting floorboards. You should always replace old timber with pre-treated timber. Masonry surfaces will need to be sterilised with a masonry dry rot treatment. 

Wet rot

If wet rot is left untreated, timber starts to lose its strength and in some situations becomes dangerously unsafe. Common causes of wet rot include:

  • Roof defects

  • Plumbing leaks

  • Leaky or blocked gutters

  • Shower trays and around baths

  • Penetrating damp and condensation

The treatment of wet rot involves applying a fungicide during the drying out period. It can then be applied using a brush or a low pressure sprayer. Wet rot wood hardeners soak into the timber and give it strength. These products are mainly used for doors and window frames.

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Rising Damp and Chemical Damp Proofing 

Rising damp affects the walls of buildings. It occurs when moisture from the ground travels up through the walls. This means that ground water is effectively sucked up through tiny tubes in the bricks, like a series of straws. This water contains salts that travel up through the wall. Generally rising damp is first noticed by the damage it causes to the internal walls of a building. Plaster and paint deteriorates and any wallpaper tends to loosen. A visible stain often appears on the wall in the form of a tide mark at the point where the ground water has reached.

Treating rising damp

Our fully qualified and experienced specialists are experts at identifying and treating rising damp. If rising damp is identified in your property, then we’ll provide a rising damp solution that best suits your circumstances. Unless it’s a very unique property, this will typically be in the form of either a chemical damp proof treatment or the injection of mortar/creams.

Chemical damp proofing

Chemical damp proofing is a system which comprises of two main elements, which:

  • introduces a water repellent or pore blocking material into a wall at a suitable level to form a continuous barrier against the capillary movement of water

  • re-plasters using a dense sand-cement base coat containing a water and salt resistant additive, followed by an additional sand-cement coat

Tanking

Tanking is a form of damp proofing that blocks water ingress from entering a structure by creating an effective barrier. Tanking products are widely used in construction. Cementitious tanking products contain an acrylic polymer, which after hardening strengthens the surface to withstand condensation.

At every stage during any of the above damp proofing courses, our specialists will walk you through what needs doing and when you should expect this to be completed, with the minimum of fuss and disruption to you.

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Listed Building Repairs

Listed buildings are protected by law for a reason. They’re usually of historical or architectural importance and need to be preserved as such, often for the benefit of the general public. Whilst there is no statutory obligation upon the owner of a listed building to keep their property in a good state of repair, it’s usually in their interest to do so. Local authorities can take action to secure the repair of a listed building if they’re concerned about its continued conservation.

our dedicated team can help you maintain your property

Hometech’s specialist and expert all trade services team can help you preserve the listing status of your property, whether that’s at Grade 1 or 2 level. Whether it’s structural improvements, preservation work, drainage, minor alterations or electrical repairs, we can carry out whatever work is necessary with the minimum of fuss and disruption to you.

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Window Repairs

Hometech specialises in the repair and restoration of traditional sash and casement windows. Our dedicated team of specialists can also provide services for historic windows and heritage windows, often associated with listed buildings.

We can supply and fit all types of single or double glazed sash timber windows. We’re also able to effectively draught proof all of your windows, keeping cold air out and improving your living comforts.

our dedicated team can handle your window repair needs

From the point of initial contact, our experts will have a brief discussion about your window requirements and arrange a date/time to meet with you. Our specialist team of dedicated tradesmen will come out to assess the work necessary on your windows, providing a quick and no obligation free quotation.