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Thinking of buying a house?……………… If you read nothing else today, just read this!

November 7th, 2016

Accreditations / Associations, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Surveying, Wet Rot / Dry Rot, Woodworm

Thinking of buying a house?……………… If you read nothing else today, just read this!

We’re often asked by clients  do they really need a survey? and if so, should they have a survey before or after they buy?

The simple answer is “Yes and before” I’ll explain why.

The purpose of a survey is to establish the value and condition of a building/property prior to… read more



Damp proofing rouge trader sentenced to jail.

September 7th, 2013

Accreditations / Associations, All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Guarantees, Surveying

There should  be no greater reason for doing your homework when searching for a damp specialist than this latest example.  A Coventry conman who conned elderly victims in the Midlands out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary damp work. Do your research and avoid the conmen, visit the PCA (Property Care Association) website http://www.property-care.org/ for a professionally recognised, approved, credible damp specialist and avoid the… read more



A mortgage valuation report is not a survey!

August 7th, 2013

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Guarantees, Surveying

A MORTGAGE VALUATION IS NOT A SURVEY……….

Many homebuyers commit to buying a property based on a mortgage valuation report under the illusion the property has been examined through the eyes of a surveyor, not realising the mortgage valuation is not a building survey.  Only one in five purchasers actually commission a building survey and yet four out of five think they do, because they… read more



Flood Damage or Failed Damp Proof Course (Part 2)

March 29th, 2013

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Flood Restoration & Drying, Guarantees, Surveying, Water Damage

So four weeks later, we returned to the property to undertake a further inspection and compare our findings to our initial report, provide a diagnosis and repair specification.

As mentioned in our first blog post (Part 1), the building displayed symptoms of a severe damp issue which appeared to be affecting the majority of… read more



Flood Damage or Failed Damp Proof Course?

March 28th, 2013

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Flood Restoration & Drying, Guarantees, Surveying, Water Damage

Imagine this scenario, you’ve bought, renovated and extend your property into the prefect home, damp proofed the walls, re-plastered and redecorated.  After a few years you start to notice symptoms of damp appearing very rapidly and within days the plaster is spoiling, salting and skirting boards are beginning to decay and warp. The kitchen floor starts to crack and move and the drains backfill with… read more



Bridged or failed damp proof course?

October 30th, 2012

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Surveying

Bridged or failed damp proof course?

Another familiar story of a damp investigation for suspected rising damp on a property in York, North Yorkshire where a client contact us with regards to providing a survey and quote for a damp proof course.

The property is a 1960′s three bedroom right semi detached house constructed under a pitched roof with concrete roof tile covering and external… read more



Electronic Moisture Meters

June 11th, 2012

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Surveying

Electrical moisture meters are invaluable tools which are used to aid surveyors in damp diagnosis. Moisture meters are a hand held device used to profile the distribution or pattern of dampness throughout a building and determine the quantity of moisture present in materials.

Electrical moisture meters are the ideal tool to use in pre-purchase surveys or where damage limitation is required as they are clean… read more



Damp Diagnosis: Calcium Carbide Meter – ‘Speedy Meter’

June 11th, 2012

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Surveying

Calcium Carbide Meter – ‘Speedy Meter’

A calcium carbide meter is another moisture testing device used to aid surveyors in damp investigations and diagnosis.  Performing a calcium carbide test is however disruptive and for this reason these test are usually avoided in damage limitation surveys such as, pre-purchase inspections unless permission is granted prior. This does not mean the use of these meters in a… read more



A Review of the Dutch Green Chemical Free Damp Proof System apparently installed “Without the mess of replastering”

June 8th, 2012

All posts, Condensation, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Surveying

This article has been reproduced with kind permission from its author Mr Graham Coleman and the Property Care Association (PCA).

Graham Coleman is a Chartered Biologist (C.Biol), Member of the Society of Biology (MSB), a Member of the Institute of Wood Science (M.I.W.Sc) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers (F.Inst.S.S.E). He also has qualification in Chemistry and Botany.read more



StormDry Weather Protection for Masonry

May 9th, 2012

All posts, Damp / Rising Damp / Damp Proofing /, Water Damage

Bricks vary in porosity, some bricks are soft and very porous such as common face bricks particularly modern LBC’s (London Brick Company), whilst others are more dense and will repel/resist moisture to a greater extent such as; engineering bricks or blue damp course bricks designed to be used in exposed wet areas.

On most modern buildings you will find dense engineering bricks specified below and… read more



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