Bradford City Hall

Bradford’s historic properties

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We’re lucky enough to have worked on many historic and period properties in the Yorkshire region and in our last blog post, we looked at the problems of damp in such properties. Bradford, where the Multiskill Head Office is based, has a multitude of historic properties with interesting stories, so in this month’s blog post, we thought we’d take a …

Period properties

Damp in period or historic properties

admin Damp, Period properties

Damp is a common issue for old houses, whether period, historic or listed. The Multiskill team have worked on a number of historic buildings in the Yorkshire area, as well as many typical period homes, so are well-placed to look at the problem and how to treat it.   Older properties were built using different methods to those of today and …

Tips for effective home-working

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As of today, lockdown rules have been relaxed, meaning we can now look forward to going to pubs, restaurants, hotels, campsites and even cinemas. However, with most children still off school and employees encouraged to continue working from home where possible, it’s still a bit of a squash inside for many! It’s looking like a long, hot summer of working …

We’re open for business!

admin Local news, Uncategorized

We’re back at work and we’re absolutely delighted! Of course, things aren’t quite the same – we’re practicing social distancing and have increased hygiene measures in place. Our new hi-vis jackets mean we can’t forget the 2 metre message!

We’re temporarily closing

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We’re sorry to let you know that from today, on the latest government advice, we’re temporarily closing. We don’t feel we can continue to work and keep our staff and our customers safe, so we’ve made what we believe is a responsible decision. All the clients we’re currently working with have been contacted and arrangements made to continue work once …

Dry rot in Keighley

Case study: dry rot in Keighley

admin Local news, Wet rot & dry rot

We recently visited a beautiful but neglected property in Keighley with a serious case of dry rot. We were asked to survey the property as a local Buddhist group are considering purchasing it. The building has had various uses since its heyday as a grand family home, and was most recently occupied by a firm of accountants. The photos below …

Condensation on a window

DIY tips to prevent condensation

admin Damp

Condensation can be a problem in both period and brand new homes, and is often mistaken for something more sinister, like rising damp. However, in many cases condensation is both easy to fix and easy to prevent. So how does it happen and what can you do to avoid it? How does condensation form? Air contains moisture, and warm air …

Chimney damp

Fix that damp chimney for Christmas!

admin Damp

Only 13 more sleeps until Christmas! The big day is nearly here – so think of Santa and sort out that damp chimney! Chimneys are more exposed than any other part of a building, so it’s no surprise that they frequently suffer from damp. Chimney damp has various causes, including rain (which can come down the flue of an uncapped …

Damp and mouldy wall

How to avoid damp proofing scams and other swindles this Christmas

admin Damp

Sadly, we have met several customers who have fallen victim to damp scams. The story is always the same – the homeowner has spotted signs of damp, called in a so-called damp specialist to fix it, only to find the problem returns. When we are finally called in, we discover that the damp problem was misdiagnosed by the original company …

Phillip at Multiskill Conditioning House

Conditioning House, Bradford

admin Damp, Local news, Period properties, Wet rot & dry rot, Woodworm

We’ve been lucky enough to look around the historic Conditioning House on Canal Road in Bradford several times recently. As experts in damp and timber treatments, we’ve been asked to survey the building by Priestley Construction, with a view to chemical treatment to all timbers. Priestley Construction is the building contractor on this huge and prestigious job. Priestley Construction is …