Kingston Cellars

We are almost finished the super cellar conversion at Oxford Terrace in Edinburgh this cellar has fitted a toilet and a sink and has under floor heating and the floors and walls have been tiled as the owner is pretty tall we dug this cellar out reducing the floor level by 18 inches in order to create additional head height.

The cellar has been fitted with an internal double glazed door an extractor fan and down lighters the owner is extremely happy and gave us a gift today to thank us for doing his cellar conversion which will become an office.

If you require our companies services we can be contacted by e mail via our book a survey form here and by our Edinburgh Walker Street office phone line 0131 240 5430 or mobile 07455777635

We take this opportunity to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

14th December 2017 receiving a gift from a Happy Customer.

Home Report Dampness 3

You got a Home Report done so you can sell your property and it was marked as a category 3 just like the one shown below.

Dampness, rot and infestation
Repair category 3
Notes: The walls were tested for dampness and positive readings were obtained
in numerous areas. Timbers in contact with damp walls may be affected
by rot.
There is a water stain to the ceiling in the eastmost ancillary room.
There are areas of damp flooring in the eastmost ancillary room and also
at the side of the bath in the westmost bathroom.
There is dampness to the area around the chimney breast in the centre
ancillary room.
There are signs of woodworm infestation to the roof timbers.
In the circumstances, it is recommended that a  Timber specialist firm is
instructed to investigate the cause and full extent of these faults and provide a report and estimate.

Thats when you call us 07455777635 or contact us using our 24 hour 7 day a week enquiry form here if you can send us a copy of the Home report we can then organise for a fully qualified Timber Specialist surveyor to carry out the survey and provide a report and qualifying a price to repair the issues.In most instances the survey is undertaken within 24 hours after taking the instruction.

The works can be carried out before you go on the market, or after you move out and before the buyer moves in Kingston Preservation are recommended by Allied Surveyors and we have helped hundreds of customers to get there house sold by taking advantage of our Home Report Repair service.

Kingston Review

We received this e mail from a happy customer so a big thank you to all the team who worked on this job its good to get e mails from happy customers once we complete the job on time on schedule and on Budget.


Jilly Greig

Nov 27 (7 days ago)

Kingston preservation did an amazing job refurbishing my home after a long term leak from shower and bath plumbing caused by a previous plumbers efforts. Stuart was friendly, approachable and very keen to do the best job possible as quickly as possible. I run a bed and breakfast business so timing was vital.
His team were amazingly quick, efficient and professional and I am delighted with the finished job. Thank you so much to all the team and to you for your great service Stuart. I would highly recommend you to anyone looking to get a professional job done quickly and by caring and knowledgeable tradesmen. If you need a great job done call Kingston!!!
J. GreigEast Lothian
If you require our assistance give us a call on 07455777635, Land Line 0131 240 5430, or you can e mail us 24/7 7 days a week using this link the services we cover are  Basement Conversions Under Street Cellar Conversions, Rising Damp, Home Report Damp and Timber Section marked with a 2 or 3 we can fix Dry Rot Woodworm Wet Rot Tanking and plastering.
We also now have an all trades team who deal with Insurance Claims for flood and fire damage.
We also have our own decorating team so we can supply quote for re decoration if required.

Arriving to do Survey

Kingston Cellars Update

We are currently working on cellars in the New Town area of Edinburgh and working to complete all these cellars in the next few weeks ongoing jobs/work in progress are 5 cellars at Palmerston Place, 2 at Clarendon Crescent, 1 at Oxford Terrace, 4 at St Bernards Crescent, 2 at Northumberland Street,1 at Saxe Coburg Place, 1 at Torphichen Street, and 1 at Chester Street, and one at Rosebury Avenue that’s 18 cellars all due to be completed this month.

Our basement team just completed a basement at Morningside which used to be a bank we waterproofed the entire basement, we are currently working on 2 other basement projects one is at Dublin Street and the other is at Newington another former bank being converted to a gym, we also have a basement project at Clarendon Crescent where we have removed all the concrete floors in the basement and all the plaster 1 metre high we are in progress of fitting Delta to all the basement walls prior to new floors going down.

Our damp proofing and plastering team are also busy this team exclusively do the rising damp and replastering projects where we strip the damp plaster 1etre high we then drill and install a new DPC prior to fitting Delta Membranes before replastering this service is popular when Home reports pick up damp at the survey at make the Home report as a 2 or a 3 we can get that reduced to a 1 following  the completion of our treatments.

Our water damage and Insurance repair team are almost complete on the water damage repairs job at Ugston Cottage this was an all trades repair which involved the removal and replacement of a bathroom after all the water damaged timbers were repaired this job will be completed next week.

In total, we have an accumulative total of current work in progress of 24 jobs which will all be completed by Christmas.

Surveys and estimates are still ongoing on a seven day a week basis and we can do surveys within 2 days of inquiry some can be done on same day of inquiry if we are in the area you can contact our surveyor direct on 07455777635 to book in a survey or utilize our 24/7 7 days a week inquiry online form here.

Torphichen Street November 2017

Waterproofing a basement in Newington November 2017

Cellar being waterproofed in Chester Street November 2017.

2 Cellars being waterproofed in Northumberland Street November 2017.

Kingston Basement Systems

Our Basement waterproofing specialist Team started work last week at a former Bank building in Morningside Road in Edinburgh the office will be used for   Ian J Brown & Company as there new office and the pressure is on to complete the extensive waterproofing of the Basement by the 1st of November.

Our specialist waterproofing team are working flat out in order to complete the project on time, we are utilizing Delta Membranes on the walls ceilings and floors with the system being connected to a sump pump in order to pump the water away after we have gathered it from the damp walls and ceilings.

We are also currently working on a Basement in Dublin Street in Edinburgh for Stone Acre Development company who are converting a townhouse into 2 separate flats the project involves extensive waterproofing of the basement and damp proofing all wall also in the basement we are working directly with Delta Technical surveyors on the project which as with all Kingston Basement Systems is designed to BS8102.

Works are also currently ongoing waterproofing 4 cellars in Palmerston Place, and 4 cellars at St Bernards Crescent, and 1 cellar in Oxford Terrace, and 2 cellars at Clarendon Crescent we are now on the home straight with all these jobs and looking to have them all completed by the end of November.

Our water damage Insurance repair team also start a new water damage repair job on Monday to restore a property near Haddington Ugston Mill this is a large job following a leak from below a bath that caused extensive water damage to the property.

If you are thinking of converting your basement or under pavement cellar we are here to help surveys are free and we undertake surveys 7 days a week you can contact us to book a survey via our 24 hours 7 day a week online form here or we can be contacted by email at or by telephone 0131 240 5430 or mobile 07455777635

Active Woodworm

We do a lot of woodworm infestation surveys and quite often we get asked if the woodworm is active I have attached some pictures I took yesterday from a property in Edinburgh where you can clearly see the woodworm is active.

What you are looking for is fresh flight holes and sawdust which you can clearly see in these pictures, when we find active woodworm as is shown in the pictures we treat the timbers using insecticidal fluid which is applied using a  high-pressure spray timbers that are excessively damaged in some instances need to be replaced that can be determined at survey.

If woodworm is highlighted on your Home Report then get in touch with us we can help by treating the timbers and producing a report carry out the treatments quickly and produce Guarantees this can all be sent to the RICS Surveyor and it will enable the surveyor to reduce the number 3 on your Home Report to a 1.

You can contact us via our 24 hour 7 days a week book a survey inquiry form here or by calling our Edinburgh Head office number  0131 240 5430  or out of office hours our 7 days

Active Woodworm taken 16th September 2017

a week contact number 07455777635 and we carry out surveys on Saturdays and Sundays if it’s more convenient.

Damp Proofing North Berwick

We are back this week working at Williamstone Farm Steadings in North Berwick the job is to Damp proof and waterproof areas of the former farm steading where high external ground levels apply the buildings are grade A Listed and the project is being overseen by Historic Scotland so we have taken great care to work using specialist methods to preserve the fabric of the buildings to achieve our goal which was to get the buildings dry and able to be occupied.

There are 4 individual houses that are to be formed from these old farm buildings which were in a derelict condition prior to the project starting 3 are now complete and we have issued our 30-year guarantee on these ones already as we have completed all our treatments to these ones.

The 4th building is now currently being converted and we are doing the Damp Proofing and fitting membranes to this building to keep ahead of the main contractor this project is scheduled to be completed by Christmas.

If you require your building damp proofed and waterproofed we have 3 offices now with our 3rd office opened up in Dunbar last month we also have our Cockenzie office and our Head office is located on Walker Street in Edinburgh.

We can be contacted 7 days a week 24/7 via our survey inquiry form here or you can call us on 0131 240 5430 we also have mobile contact 07455777635 this line is on 7 days a week from 8 am to

10 pm We also undertake Surveys on Saturdays and Sundays if it is more convenient.

Williamstone Steadings North Berwick August 2017

Williamstone Steadings Damp proofed and waterproofed by Kingston Preservation August 2017

Williamstone Steadings North Berwick August 2017

Williamstone Steadings North Berwick August 2017

Damp Proofing Edinburgh

Kingston Preservation doing Damp proofing at Loretto School Musselburgh.

We have now finished the Damp proofing to a property in Inverleith Row in Edinburgh we were asked to provide a report on the property by the seller as the Home Report was numbered as a 3 for Damp and Timber Defects.

We surveyed all the walls in the basement and marked up a drawing showing where all the damp was and provided a cost to get the damp fixed, this was very useful to prospective buyers of the property as they all knew what was required to fix the damp and knowing the price they could offer knowing the costs of the damp repairs.

The successful buyer approached us and commissioned Kingston to fix the damp and once treated and fixed and 30-year guarantees in place they would get a 1 on the Home report if they decided to sell in the future.

The way that we do all Damp proof course works involves removing the wall plaster to whatever heights are recorded on the meter in this instance some of the walls needed treated full height so once the plaster has been removed we drill and install a new DPC then we fit Delta membranes tightly to the exposed wall areas then if possible we bond plasterboard to the membranes or apply bonding plaster if there is not enough thickness, either way, we finish with a skim coat of plaster.

The advantage of doing it this way as opposed to a renovation plaster or sand and cement render is that the walls dry very quick so re decoration can be done a few days after we complete the job where as it takes months to dry without fitting the membranes.

We have 2 teams who do all the damp jobs and they are kept going constantly due to the demand for our Services, so the first step is to contact us for a free survey if you have a 3 or a 2 on your Home Report or you are about to go on the market get us in if the surveyor marks it as a 2 or 3 when the Home report is at draft stage and in many instances we can fix it before you go on the market.

If you are bidding for a property that has a 3 or a 2 on the Home report and you need to know the cost to fix it again we can help and quite often the costs can be deducted from the sale price and because we have many years experience we most probably know the RICS Surveyor who did the report so we can speak to them directly to confirm what is being done on average we do 6 to 8 Damp surveys per week and we do surveys on Saturdays and Sundays if this is more convenient for you due to work hours during weekdays.

Our phone lines are open 7 days per week or you can use our 24-hour

Delta Membranes being fitted prior to replastering at a job we completed in Princess Street Edinburgh

contact form here and we will call you to book in a survey by a fully qualified Specialist Surveyor who has over 30 years experience of doing this work. Tel number 07455777635

9 Cellars Completed Stafford Street Edinburgh

We have now completed the 9 cellars we were working on in Stafford Street in Edinburgh this job was for the Edinburgh Developer Ian Murray who was delighted with the quality and finish of the cellars.

As each cellar has been allocated to a flat the 3 townhouses are being converted into 9 flats so each new owner will get the use of a fully dry lined and waterproofed cellar the cellars were all waterproofed with Delta Membranes of whom we are an Approved Contractor.

The job took us 6 weeks to complete which was completed on time and on Budget, we have a similar project to start in another 2 town houses in the Newtown that are to be soon developed into flats with 6 cellars requiring our services.

You can view our cellar film here which shows you a timeline of cellars being waterproofed and dry lined if you would like your cellar turned into useful space we do a free survey and report on your cellar and once completed we give you a 20-year Guarantee on the works.

Our 24 hour 7 day a week survey form you can complete here   or call our Walker Street phone number here 0131 240 5430 or mobile 07455777635.

Working at Stafford Street doing 9 under Street Cellars August 2017

Survey in Athelstaneford

We were called on Thursday afternoon and asked when we were available to survey a bedroom at a bungalow in the East Lothian Villiage of Athelstaneford which seemingly had  rot in the timber floor which apparently needed uplifting and the sub floor joists replaced the customer had had another preservation company in who had supplied a large quote to undertake these extensive treatments and repairs but the customer was not convinced so asked Kingston to come out and give a second opinion.

As in many occasions, we try to fit surveys in the same day so we attended the same day which went down really well with the customer and as he had a bill from this other company for £120.00 he was really pleased when we confirmed we do not charge for surveys.

We arrived at his property just after 5pm and immediately got on with the survey it was established within the first minute of the inspection that there were no sub floor joists the room had a concrete floor with a 12mm plywood fitted on top of the concrete floor which had deteriorated over time this caused the brown dust which to the un trained eye looked like spore dust.

Easy enough to identify we diagnosed that the plywood should be uplifted and removed and we would coat the concrete floor with a polyurethane 2 pack waterproofer so as to waterproof the concrete prior to the new carpet being fitted.

A price was agreed to do the job and we undertook the job on Saturday morning job done on time on budget properly diagnosed no charge for survey and the job done at a fraction of the price quoted by the company who could not identify or diagnose the correct specification required to remedy the issue.

Customer called the company to complain and had his survey fee cancelled and received an apology and the excuse that the surveyor is going on holiday so that’s how he made the mistake.

If you require a same day survey give us a call and if we can we will fit it in for you at No Charge and in most occasions you will receive a report within 24hous of initial survey today (Sunday 13th August )  I did 4 Surveys yesterday I did 3 surveys as we work 7 days a week to accommodate clients who work Monday to Friday.

Most weekdays Monday to Friday I will set off in the Morning with 3 surveys to do and by the end of the day I have done another 3 or 4 surveys it depends on how many requests I get for our services if I am in George Street and I get a call from a customer in Dundas Street or anywhere in and around Edinburgh if I can visit there and then I will do it with no charge.

The happy customer at Athelstaneford has invited me to a game of Golf which I am looking forward to, If you require our services call us direct on 07455777635 or by e mail to or use our 24-hour contact form here  we also are on Face Book Kingston face book page here.

Plywood laid on top of concrete floor incorrectly diagnosed as Rot by other company.

Arriving to do Survey

The plywood was removed and the concrete floor treated with waterproofer

The finished job ready for new carpet.