May 24th, 2019
Most people would assume as a damp surveyor i’d only inspect old period properties, most of which are constructed absent from an original damp proof course. The truth is, however, that’s simply not the case. The majority of surveys I undertake are on much more modern properties, buildings that most would consider quality construction, with adequate protection against age old problems such as dampness.
Even … read more
May 20th, 2019
This article my ruffle a few feathers however I believe it’s a topic well worthy of discussion.
How one paragraph in a BRE digest is used to dismiss thousands of damp related insurance claims…….and how contractors may also assist in this process.
So, do you know what this device is?…………………………………….
If you do great, you’re half way into understanding how this piece of equipment is … read more
May 13th, 2019
March 15th, 2019
Gravimetry is basically the quantitative technique which measures mass or a change in mass during an analytical process. For example, we’ve probably all unknowingly undertaken this ourselves when stepping on scales during a dieting regime or when in training. Effectively we’re measuring our own body mass and comparing this weight loss or gain to a prior measurement, this is basic gravimetry.
The gravimetric technique is used … read more
Today I revisited a property to take some equilibrium relative humidity readings in a hygrobox which I installed last week. The property is a new build which had floor screeds laid late last year. The clients are installing expensive oak flooring throughout and wanted to check the floors were dry prior to laying. I undertake these tests often for many flooring contractors and floor retailers … read more
October 8th, 2018
June 28th, 2018
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
November 7th, 2016
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
September 7th, 2013
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 //www.property-care.org/ for a professionally recognised, approved, credible damp specialist and avoid the … read more