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


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



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 original ground floor walls within the building.  The walls displayed … 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



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