Dryfix News

BRIDGED DAMP PROOF COURSE EXPLAINED

May 24th, 2019

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

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



How one paragraph in a BRE digest is used to dismiss thousands of damp related insurance claims.

May 20th, 2019

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

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.

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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



Failed concrete damp proof membrane repair

May 13th, 2019

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

in-situ remedial damp repairs to concrete floor and the problems associated with failure.


EXPLAINED: Moisture Content Analysis using the Gravimetric Process

March 15th, 2019

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

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



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


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



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



Condensation the basics

October 27th, 2013

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

Condensation Explained

Upstanding the basics between Relative Humidity, Specific humidity, Vapour pressure, Thirst, Boundary layers and Dew point.

Before we begin explaining the above where does water vapour come from?

Simple daily life produces water vapour through cooking, washing, ironing, drying clothes and even breathing, therefore it is extremely unlikely that an empty property will suffer with issues of high humidity, condensation and mould unless … read more



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