Dryfix News

DIY Repairs – False economy

April 6th, 2011

Accreditations / Associations, All posts, Woodworm

I recently read an article published in the Consumer Watchdog Magazine by the Property Care Association raising awareness of the pitfalls homeowners may face when trying to save money by diagnosing and undertaking specialist remedial repairs themselves.

These days it’s possible for almost anyone to trawl the internet reading articles, publications and blogs on how to repair flood damage buildings, floors or dampness and even… read more



Improving Levels of Loft Insulation

April 6th, 2011

All posts, Condensation, Energy Efficiency / Insulation Improvements

loft insulation

CONDENSATION IN ROOF SPACES IS GETTING MUCH WORSE WITH INCREASED LEVELS OF INSULATION.

It is important to remember that the majority of moisture we produce in our homes is created in a gas form as water vapour. Unlike water in a liquid state, water in a gas state can spread easily causing condensation, which may result in damp and decay to vulnerable building materials and… read more



A fan of ventilation

April 6th, 2011

All posts, Condensation, Energy Efficiency / Insulation Improvements, Thermography / Thermal Imaging

ventilation

Over this past winter i’ve been surveying properties on a daily basis suffering from severe condensation and mould issues, both problems which have become a trend over the last decade with new regulations for insulation and glazing and exaggerated further in new builds by air tightness tests.

As of April 2006 a percentage of new builds now require air pressure testing to comply with building… read more



Boron Timber Treatments Re-classified as Hazardous

April 6th, 2011

All posts, Wet Rot / Dry Rot, Woodworm

New Regulations from the European Parliament and Council have amended the classification of well known Boron based timber treatment products to hazardous.

Boron is a naturally occurring mineral which borate compounds are formed and used extensively in timber treatments as highly effective insecticides and fungicides to be used in pre-treatment preservatives and remedial repair treatments. Borates have also been used as effective biocides on masonry… read more



How easily a thermal image can be misinterpreted?

April 6th, 2011

All posts, Surveying, Thermography / Thermal Imaging

thermal image

Advancements in technology have seen the cost of rather new thermal imaging technology reduce significantly where now some manufactures are able to produce thermal imaging cameras for under £1000.00. Whilst this is great, I expect that thermal imaging cameras will become common technology affordable to everyone in the industry and therefore subject to the same criticism as other tools such as; the electrical moisture meter.… read more



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