Stone Restoration - Stone Repairs - Stone Cleaning in Edinburgh and Central Scotland
Are You Concerned on The Condition Off Your Building?
Checking your building
1. Lintels - Look for cracks or decay above doors and windows.
2. Cills - Look for cracks or decay in stonework below windows
3. Stonework - Look for loose stones, especially in overhanging areas of the building, cracks, flaking or decayed stonework.
4. Pointing - look for gaps in the mortar between the stonework which will let water in.
5. Walls - Look for areas where the external wall protrudes, bulges out or leans, this can indicate structural problems. Check the external walls for signs of water damage for example, damp patches, stains or mould, caused by damage to the external stonework or pointing.
6.Chimneys - Look for cracks, missing or decayed stone or render, gaps in pointing, bulging or leaning sides, loose chimney pots.
7. Gutters and Downpipes - Look for rust, cracks or missing sections. Loose fixings, leaks may be indicated by damp patches on the walls. Blockages may be indicated by vegetation growing.
8. Roof Coverings - Look for damaged or missing tiles or slates, cracks or blisters on felt roofing.
9. Common Stair & Passages - Look for cracks developing between the stair treads and uneven or excessive wear, loose or missing balusters or rails, cracked or loose plasterwork.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR BUILDING
Check your building regularly:
Ideally you should get a building condition survey carried out every five years by an experienced professional such as an architect or surveyor. At the very least you should aim to carry out a quick survey yourself every year and particularly after a storm or high winds.
Put together a list of past repairs:
You should try to put together a record of work carried out in the past. Make a note of when the work was carried out, who the contractor was and if there is a guarantee for the works in place. This information will help you plan for future repairs and will be useful to refer back to. Keep it in a safe place and pass the file on to the new owner if you move. If you live in a shared buildings you could give a copy of the information to your neighbours.
Put together a maintenance plan:
A maintenance plan details what repairs will be carried out over a period, usually five years. The plan helps you to prioritise repairs, it also helps you to prepare and save for more extensive works. The plan should include a schedule of inspections and routine and routine maintenance on the building. For further advice on maintenance plans contact the Private Sector Housing Team.
Plan for future repairs or maintenance:
All parts of a building decay over time. By planning for future repairs and maintenance, you can avoid being caught out by emergency repairs, which could be expensive.
If you live in a flat, the responsibility for the building will be shared with the owners in the block. This means there are other considerations when thinking about building maintenance.
Find out your repair and maintenance responsibilities:
Your exact responsibilities are set out in your Title Deeds and under the Occupiers Liability Act (Scotland) 1960. If you do not hold a copy of your Title Deeds, your solicitor should be able to provide these. A separate information sheet called Reading your Title Deeds is available from the Private Housing Team. If you bought your home from the council under the Right to Buy legislation you are responsible for a share of building repairs such as the roof, chimney or door entry system.
Organising repairs to your building:
Talk to your co-owners and agree how to deal with repairs and maintenance. Some of them may have useful skills or contacts in the field. More information about organising common repairs can be found in the Leaflet Organising Repairs. If some owners will not cooperate, the Council may be able to help, contact the Private Sector Housing Team for more help.