Specialised Surveying Services
Our specialised services covers damp proofing including tanking, timber treatment, wall-tie replacements, structural repairs and property maintenance.
We offer a fast and reliable service in receiving initial instructions, arranging inspections and finalising reports which can be posted, faxed or emailed.
This service is offered free of charge (except condensation problems) as long as we have the opportunity to include a competitive estimate for future works. All reports, schedule of works, recommendations and estimates are prepared by our NVQ level 4 trained surveyors.
Guaranteed Damp Proofing & Tanking Treatments
All Works Fully Insured & Guaranteed
Rising damp is a condition caused by ground moisture rising up a masonry wall by capillary action. It often occurs where there is no damp-proof course (DPC) or where the DPC has been damaged or bridged. Older houses were built without damp-proof courses or with a barrier material that is liable to failure.
The result of rising damp on the inner wall is visible as a darker patch on the plaster lining of the inner wall, usually starting at floor level on the ground floor and rising up from there, hence the term. In extreme cases, salt leached out of the wall forms crystals on the surface of the plaster as the water evaporates. Needless to say, the appearance of rising damp.
Photo of Penetrating Dampness
Penetrating dampness is defined as the entry of water into the masonry and external fabric of a building.
Symptoms will usually only occur during wet weather. A watermark might appear, and grow if the water continues to enter. If not fixed, plaster may start to perish. Penetrating damp can sometimes be caused by gutter or roof problems which have allowed rainwater to spill onto and saturate areas of wall.
Penetrating damp is most frequent in older homes, which have solid walls. A new build property with cavity walls offers more protection and is unlikely to suffer from this type of defect, unless there cavities have been blocked. Penetrating damp can be tricky to pin-point, and often may require expert help. Installing cavity insulation to exposed walls is becoming a more common problem.
Photo of Condensation
Condensation is an increasing problem in houses today. Years ago when houses had open coal fires and ratty windows air could be replaced more often. Fitting plastic windows and doors, draught proofing everything that opens, in the constant endeavour to reduce fuel consumption is sealing in moisture. We charge a small fee to investigate the cause of condensation. In most cases advice from our surveyors can help resolve the problem.
Condensation Leaflet (Opens in PDF format)
We offer free surveys in areas we cover.
We have many years experience in identifying the different types of timber decay i.e. dry and wet rot fungus, moulds and wood boring insects.
Our knowledge in successfully eradicating infestation allows us to recognise the environments that lead to attack, enabling us to recommend a schedule of works to rectify the problem. After works are completed being approved contractors we can offer a 20 year manufacturers guarantee. Antel Ltd are manufactures and suppliers of timber treatment products and regulate their approved contractor system.
Wall Tie Replacement
We offer free surveys in areas we cover.
All inspections are undertaking in line of recommendations set out by the Building Research Establishment in digest 329 revised 1990 and IP13/90 1990. In most cases an external visual inspection is only needed to establish the condition of the wall ties however an cavity endoscope inspection or exposing the existing tie end may be needed. Works are carried out by NVQ level 2 trained wall tie installers in accordance to BS 5628-1:2005, BRE 401 and Wallfast Ltd technical specification. After works are completed being approved contractors we offer a manufactures 25 year insurance back guarantee. Wallfast Ltd are manufactures and supplies of stainless steel remedial wall tie systems and regulate their approved contractor system.