FAQ’s – Property Maintenance
If your roof is not properly maintained it could leak and cause all manner of internal damage and decay. We deal with every aspect of roof repairs to prevent this, including:
- Repairing or replacing flat roof coverings
- Complete overhaul
- Replacing defective tiles or slates
- Repointing, rendering or rebuilding chimney stacks
- Replacing roof flashings and the reforming of mortar soakers
- Overhauling or replacing rainwater goods
For safety reasons, most of our surveys are carried out from the ground using our Sky Pole camera, which gives us a complete, safe view of the roof coverings.
Surveying a roof using a Sky Pole camera Unblocking guttering using a Sky Vac
Some properties are rendered externally, which acts as a protection against rain penetration. In time, this can weather or crack and allow rain to penetrate, which become trapped. In winter, the trapped water can freeze and when this happens, it expands and forces larger areas away from the wall, causing further damage, more rain penetration and more internal damage.
Pointing is the mortar joint that is formed between the bricks, to prevent rain penetration. These can vary and some are softer than others and become weak and porous quicker. When this happens, driving rain can penetrate between the bricks and slowly transmit through the wall. Our experienced surveyor will inspect and assess the extent of the defects and recommend what areas need to be repointed.
Drains are not generally a part of our properties for which we give a great deal of thought, because they are ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, when a drain blocks, it proves to be very inconvenient and will need immediate attention. If waste or foul water can’t escape through the drains it will back-up and be forced to find another route, which may be back into your property or the surrounding ground, not a pleasant situation. More importantly, long term leaking drains can undermine the foundations of a property, causing contaminated, internal damp and serious structural problems, so if you suspect your drains are leaking call Tapco HomeDry immediately to arrange a CCTV survey
Blocked Drains & Repairs
Defective drains used to be one of the more challenging problems a property had, because the blockages or leaks are underground. Fortunately, nowadays it often isn’t necessary to excavate the ground, because they can be repaired by essentially, creating a pipe within a pipe, by installing a strong Structural Resin Liner. Once installed the new liner bonds to the inside surface of the pipes, which not only saves time and considerable disruption, but also your money.