Dryfix News

How smart home technology can help reduce the risk of condensation and mould problems

December 14th, 2018

All posts, Condensation, Energy Efficiency / Insulation Improvements, Surveying

Over the past year or two I’ve recommended remote heating systems such as Nest or Hive to several clients most of whom are landlords suffering with mould / condensation problems in their let properties.

As most will know mould and condensation problems are not just caused by poor ventilation, they occur due to an imbalance between a number of factors such as: moisture production, ventilation, … read more

City of York Flood Events 2000, 2007, 2012 & 2015

October 24th, 2018

All posts, Flood Restoration & Drying, Surveying, Water Damage















Nearly two years after the devastating floods in York, Dryfix are still surveying properties for reported flood damage.

Over the Christmas period of 2015/2016 the City of York suffered extensive flooding due to weeks of torrential rain and failing of the River Foss barrier, resulting in over 300 home owners requiring … read more

When water proofing goes wrong

October 8th, 2018

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

Flooded garage in York due to failed water proofing system. BS8102 - Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground

Chimneys & Salt Contamination

September 28th, 2018

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Nice example of salt contamination on a chimney recently.

Have you ever noticed discoloured patches which often appear damp on the face of your chimney? If so, this could be caused by salt contamination.

Salt contamination within a chimney occurs due to the long term effects burning of fossil fuels (coal and wood etc) in an open fire. When fossil fuels are burnt, contaminates are … read more

The truth about moisture meters (protimiter)

August 7th, 2018

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So, you want to know the truth about moisture meters?……………………………. They don’t work, they don’t actually measure moisture, they’re designed for wood, they’re a waste of time, you can make them go red by putting your finger over them! Yes, during my 20 years in the industry and 14 years as a professional surveyor I’ve heard all the claims, even the suggestion that “rising damp … read more

Industry Perception Study

July 26th, 2018

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industry perception study

Although I dislike the thought, there is the perception that our industry is full of con artists; surveyors running around sticking inaccurate moisture meters in walls of buildings diagnosing rising damp in every property with the only appropriate solution being the inevitable retro-fit damp proof course and expensive re-plastering. It is an image which has tainted the industry for the past thirty years. Like many … read more

Dampness in buildings explained

June 28th, 2018

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

Dampness in buildings explained

Buildings and the materials used within their construction are complex. Many buildings will be constructed with a wide variety of different materials ranging from concrete, brick and plaster with a further variety of each such as cement, lime and gypsum.

When buildings become affected by dampness either through rising damp, penetrating damp or water leaks these materials can become contaminated by … read more

New changes to insurance guarantees for remedial repair

October 1st, 2014

Accreditations / Associations, All posts, Guarantees

As a professional Property Care Association Approved Company we are able to offer our clients insured guarantees for all of our specialist work. This ensures that if our company were to regrettably cease trading your guarantee would continue to provide protection for the work undertaken by ourselves.

For decades our industry has been at the forefront of consumer protection and the provision of long term … read more

Why Choose a member of the Property Care Association?……

April 1st, 2014

Accreditations / Associations, All posts

Why Choose a member of the Property Care Association?……

If you’re looking for a gas inspection you’ll be checking you’re contractors registered with Gas Safe, likewise if you’re looking for an electrician you’ll be checking they’re registered with the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting), so when looking for a damp or timber survey why would you not be looking for a read more

Who and what is the property Care Association and what does it stand for?

April 1st, 2014

Accreditations / Associations, All posts

The Property Care Association

Who and what is the Property Care Association and what does it stand for?

Historically the preservation of timber and installation of retrofit damp proof courses were represented by two separate associations known as; the British Wood Preserving Association (BWPA) and the British Chemical Dampcourse Association (BCDA). In 1989 these two associations united to form the British Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing … read more

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