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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

Kings of Crock!

October 30th, 2013

Accreditations / Associations, All posts, Guarantees

Kings of Crock!

Recently the PCA (Property Care Association) which is the leading industry body damp and timber preservation professionals wrote an article in their weekly publication warning of an increased number in the reported cases of Logo abuse. This is basically the use of the associations logo by none accredited companies passing themselves of as PCA members. For some reason there has been an … 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


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

Dive Into a Nature Break With Vildmark i Varmland

July 3rd, 2013

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Travelers can either take a canoe or timber raft tour along the Klaralven River in Sweden.

By Kristina Kulyabina

Have you ever wondered what life would be like living on Sweden’s longest river for a week?

The Klaralven River, or “the clear river” in Swedish constitutes over 250 miles of clean and fresh water stretching from Sweden through Norway. Its big turns and curves were … read more

Hitting 30 – Its not all about Work (Part 3 – Gemma’s Perspective)

May 9th, 2013

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Russell suggested I write the third and final instalment of the blog on our Swedish adventure. I thought this was a fabulous idea, not just because it’s nice to have someone else’s perspective on such a unique experience but also because I hope someone like me will read this and be inspired to try something they’ve never tried before!

So let’s start by backtracking slightly. … 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

The balance between energy efficiency and ventilation

November 27th, 2012

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

Most people in Britain are interested in finding new ways to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and spend less money on things like gas and home heating oil.

However, homeowners have been reminded to allow the water vapour that builds up during everyday tasks such as washing clothes and showering to escape, otherwise it can cause condensation and mould.

A study published earlier … read more

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