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How to prevent flood damage

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In recent years, extreme floods have hit the nation and have caused extensive structural damage to both residential properties and businesses. Consequently, it is important to implement precautionary measures which will limit any flood damage to your home or business and which will speed up the restoration process. To help, listed below are our top three tips on how to prevent flood damage.

1. Invest in flood resistant materials

When carrying out house renovations, you should install floor resistant materials – you could lay ceramic tiles on ground floor surfaces and advise your kitchen fitters to place all of your units and electrical sockets above ground level. By implementing these measures well in advance, you will be able to repair flood damage more rapidly should any unfortunate incidents occur.

2. Remove any obstacles

Extreme floods can cause debris to fall and damage buildings. Therefore, you should endeavour to cut back any large branches that overhang your property and to store any heavy valuables, such as power tools, that may be swept away by floods or which may collide with your property.

3. Create an emergency kit

If you put together an emergency flood kit that is full of essential supplies, you will be sufficiently equipped to cope in the event of a flood. Important items that you should pack within this kit include: a torch, blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, bottled water, canned food supplies, a first aid kit, a portable radio with spare batteries and a list of contact numbers for local services that can come to your aid (such as the numbers for the flood helpline, emergency services, and joinery and building services).

Planning renovation work?

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Are you planning a big renovation? Then it’s only natural to feel a tad anxious. Very soon, builders, carpenters and decorators will be taking over some or all of your living space and making large scale changes to your home.

Therefore, it’s worth preparing yourself properly before they arrive at your door. Here are three key tips.

• Get ready for noise

Even the most professional builders are going to make some noise as they go about their work. Whether it’s the squealing of saws or the hammering of nails, you are going to have to make ready for some pretty irritating sounds cutting through your home’s formerly peaceful air. So, if you work from home or like to take a nap during the day, you are going to have to come up with some alternatives, unless you’re lucky enough to have a house big enough to do these activities far from your renovation team.

• Accept that delays can happen

Regardless of how good your contractor is, a delay may simply be unavoidable. In the construction industry, when workers get ill or equipment is not delivered on time, it can wreak havoc with a job’s schedule. While most projects should come in on time, don’t be too panicked if the schedule has to adapt during the process.

• Make your decisions beforehand

During a big renovation, you will be posed many, many questions by your contractor. They are not doing this to stress you out. They just want to make sure the job is done precisely to your satisfaction. So, before things kick off, decide in as much detail as possible what it is you are after, from the type of finish on the skirting boards to the position of your electrical sockets.

A large scale renovation can really breathe new life into your home. To make sure the process is as non-disruptive as possible, make sure you prepare properly beforehand.

Looking after the outside of your property

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With the days getting longer, major outdoor projects such as exterior house painting come into sharper focus. The chances are you’ve been thinking about it over the winter and may have already decided on the colour you want for exterior walls and other surfaces, but have you made up your mind whether you’re going to tackle it yourself or get in professional housepainters to do the job? If you are considering doing it yourself, here are some professional tips to help keep you right.

  • Work out the type of paint you need for the various surfaces, estimate accurately how much paint you’ll need and buy enough paint to complete the job, including extra for touching up jobs.
  • Buy in bigger tins and stick to quality brands. Cheaper paint often results in a cheaper looking finish that won’t last as long. Never mix different brands of paints as you can’t be sure of the result.
  • Be sure of the colour scheme before you start applying paint to avoid costly, time-consuming, and frustrating back-tracking.
  • Make sure all surfaces are properly prepared (washed, sanded down etc.) before you start painting. This is one of the most important tips, and one that can be easily overlooked by the DIY painter, especially if you’re short of time and trying to get the job done at weekends or during the holidays.

With interior projects you can take it a room at a time, but for the best results exterior house painting needs to be done in one go, and done with great care, which is why we’d always recommend using professional housepainters for the job.


What you need to know about dry rot

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How Do You Get Dry Rot

Dry rot is usually caused due to different types of fungi. The fungi visibly weakens the wood give it rigidity, and typically causes wood to appear very dry, hence its name. You may think that dry rot is caused due to dry surroundings however it’s actually the result of the wood getting in contact with too much water! If this is not caught early on then the dry rot will quickly disintegrate the wood.

How To Prevent Dry Rot 2018

The first thing you can do is avoid excess moisture in the building. This can be managed by ensuring that small jobs around the house are being done. If you happen to have a plumbing issue then make sure that it is dealt with as soon as possible. If excess moisture is just uncontrollable, wood treatment is a viable option to protect yourself – this is a job that we at George Hardie & Son can do for you. Get in touch today so that we can help you with dry rot issues and any other issues that plague your home or property.

If, unfortunately, you’re reading this page when it’s too late and dry rot has already become a problem for you, we’re here to save the day. If you need Dry Rot Treatment Edinburgh 2018, we have the skills, manpower and expertise to fully eradicate dry rot, whether it’s in your home, office building or elsewhere. We have full public liability insurance and many happy customers.

Give us a call on 0131 447 5327 or head to our contact page to talk about how we can help you with dry rot treatment.

Is it time to have a Kitchen Renovation?

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Here at George Hardie & Son, we’re not just builders and joiners; we also consider ourselves experts at Kitchen Renovation, and we have years of experience in the trade. What’s more, we’re able to bring expertise from the wide range of other services we offer to the job of designing and fitting beautiful kitchens. Is it time for you to get a new kitchen? There are some circumstances where it’s definitely advisable to invest in a new kitchen.

In fact, here are a few reasons why you should consider a new kitchen:

Adding value to your property with a kitchen renovation

Even though your property is your home it still holds some kind of value. If your keen on having the value of your home as high as it can be then a kitchen renovation is for you! If you’re planning on selling your property in the next twelve months, then it’s definitely time to take advantage of our kitchen design and kitchen installation services. Even if you’re not planning on selling your property soon, it can be worth looking at Ideas For A New Kitchen in a new kitchen anyway. A well-designed kitchen that is installed with care will still look fabulous and add value to your property years after it is fitted.

Dealing with a damaged kitchen

Has your old kitchen sustained serious fire or flood damage? In this situation, having the old kitchen repaired is likely to cost a substantial amount of money and take a considerable length of time. You may, therefore, wish to take the opportunity to have an entirely new kitchen fitted. If you choose to spend your time and money on having repairs made, you’ll just get your old kitchen back. In contrast, if you choose to spend that time and money on having a new one fitted, you could substantially improve your home environment with a wonderful new space.

Home Remodelling

If you’re in the process of improving your entire home environment, it’s vital not to overlook the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most practical and important rooms in your house and its appearance can seriously affect the way the rest of your home looks and feels. Don’t pass up the opportunity to have a new kitchen fitted when conducting house renovations!

You should certainly have a new kitchen fitted in any of the circumstances we’ve listed here. However, that doesn’t mean you should refrain from investing in one at all other times; if you want to have a new kitchen fitted for any reason, feel free to contact us today!