Not all damp is rising damp. Damp is the source of much confusion for homeowners and leaseholders. It's also the cause of many a dispute between landlords and tenants. Making sure property is well maintained, that cavity wall insulation is done properly and appropriately, and that a house is well ventilated are all some of the solutions or preventative measures for damp problems. These articles explain what damp is, highlight the different causes of damp and put to rest some of the myths.
Take this seemingly innocuous rainwater pipe seen on a survey for instance. It’s in the rear corner of a fairly new house. The garden stuff has been piled up against it a bit, but otherwise it is probably walked past … Find out more
Problems associated with cavity wall insulation could be widespread. One newspaper reports: “1.5 million homes are blighted by damp after cowboy builders cash in on a Government insulation drive”. Another asked: “Could the cavity-wall insulation scandal rival PPI?”. Many post war … Find out more
As surveyors providing expert witness advice in housing disrepair cases, we are often asked to advise on condensation issues. We recently helped a client who was having problems with a tenant complaining of condensation with damp walls and mould growth. … Find out more
Double hung timber sash windows look great on older or period homes, but they can be draughty and offer poor thermal performance, assuming you want to keep them and not replace them with modern double glazed units (we wouldn’t unless … Find out more
As a firm of professionally qualified surveyors, there’s nothing much that annoys us more than those who sit on the fence when they find damp and recommend a ‘specialist damp report’. These are usually poor quality surveyors intending solely to … Find out more
That pesky missing gutter end cap, you know the 79p part that push fits onto the gutter if only you could be bothered to go up the ladder. The one you remember every time it rains and the gutter just … Find out more