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in specialising in dampness in buildings and associated timber decay

We can therefore offer unique solutions to difficult problems, such as identifying true dry rot, rising damp, and woodworm infestations, also leaking basement situations, and supply tailored damp control solutions and targeted timber treatments

The principal areas covered are Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, the borders and central Scotland

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Common problems

Dry rot

The Dry Rot fungus name is misleading as it cannot live in dry timber, but it describes the condition of the timber after the fungus has consumed the wood and the decayed timber looks dry. Dry rot can only survive or spread in an area of dampness with a wood source. It normally prefers large dimension timbers as they give a more stable environment for the fungal infection to grow i.e., timbersafe lintels, beam, and joist ends.   After building repairs It can become dormant due to the lack of water from 1 to 9 years and this period is temperature dependent. During this period, it can restart if the area gets damp again.  This is the main justification for specialised preservative treatments of dry rot affected timber. Read More


Wet rot

Wet rot is a broad term used for a variety of fungi inbuilding, such as the cellar fungus Coniophora puteana and the mine fungus Fibroporia vaillantii.  The key to its control is removing the cause of dampness.  Unlike dry rot wet rot fungi do not have an ability to spread through lime masonry joints in search of wood.   As with dry rot structural timber repairs will need to be carried out. Read More



Woodworm is the common name given to wood-boring insects in buildings. The two main wood-boring beetles in the UK are: In Scotland the Common furniture beetle is the dominant one, and it infests soft wood and hard wood especially the sap wood section of the tree.  The Death-watch beetle likes hard wood, which is infected by a wood rotting fungus. Both these beetles require the timber to be moist and their reproductive life cycle is greater in suitable damp timber. Read More

Rising Damp

Were the ground is wet at the base of a wall, which does not have a damp-proof course to stop/or control rising damp, water will creep up the masonry walls inter linked capillary structure, this is true rising damp. Due to the good building practises in some area for over 150 years true rising damp is a rare occurrence.  Due to its rarity some people do not believe it exists which is incorrect it’s just a rarity. It is mostly misdiagnosed bridging or condensation in the masonry. Read More



Condensation in the home occurs when the excess water in the air condenses on a cold surface, we call this the dew point.  A lot of water can be moved around a building in this manner, and it is the main cause of dampness in buildings.  We can detect this by measuring relative humidity.  This can be quicky seen when you take a bottle of milk out of the fridge as the water droplets form on its surface.  A damp environment will maintain moulds, insect life, bacteria and viruses, water is the soup of life.  Therefore, high humidity for an extended time is unhealthy. Read More


Basement damp proofing

If you have a leak in your basement, this can affect your property by creating unhealthy air, mould and promote timber decay.  Structural water proofing is the name we use for damp proofing below ground and “tanking” is a specific form of this work.  For remedial structural water proofing in older/existing properties, this is often carried out from the inner wall surface using a Cavity Drain Membrane as the older wall/floor masonry may be in a weakened condition, sometimes a combination of water proofing systems may be used. The cavity drain membrane manages the failure of the buildings ability to resist ground water penetration. Read More

Living in a bellow ground area can also be dangerous due to Radon vapour, which is responsible for many cases of lung cancer.  The study of the Radon map will help, and testing can also be carried out if required.  This is why good ventilation in a below ground area is important.



It is important to carry out a good investigation and communicate the issues to a client, and those working on the site


Very knowledgeable, professional and reliable. Nigel really understands buildings and is careful to explain the causes of problems and solutions. I would really recommend ADPC

Phoebe Cochrane

Nigel and his team did a great job in my house. I’d recommend them to anybody. Really professional and efficient. Big huge thanks.

Marnie Anderson

We were very impressed with the comprehensive survey Nigel gave our property after issues with damp, wood rot and woodworm – as well as his in-depth knowledge and suggestions. The work he carried out for us was installing insulation, new flooring and timber treatments. Nigel was incredibly helpful, reliable, professional and tidy. And we would highly recommend ADPC Property Care for anyone who had issues with damp in their property.

Anna Carr

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Email: with Your name and address; What the problem is and some photos etc.

Or CALL Nigel on 07831142223

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