Dwelling Surveys :-
Dwelling surveys come in different forms and depending on the level of detail required, they are also often referred to as condition reports, walkthrough surveys or structural surveys. These surveys can be carried out at various stages such as when a particular defect is noticed and needs to be monitored or prior to the purchase of a dwelling.
Normally, access is required to all areas of the dwelling including the attic space and on completion, the report will contain detailed information relating to the condition of the dwelling, compliance / non-compliance with building regulations, major & minor defects to name but a few. Advice will be given on attendances which may be required by other specialist trades such as electricians / plumbers and on completion, a report will be provided to the client.
At Encore-Consulting, we can provide expert advice on building structure, compliance, condensation, defects etc. for individuals, tenants, landlords or lending institutes.
An example of a typical building defect normally associated with older buildings is rising damp.
Rising Damp – Tide Mark To Internal Wall
Damp masonry at the base of walls may lead to a number of problems:
• The moisture content of the structure may rise to a level at which decay organisms may grow, or the materials themselves may be adversely affected. For example, timber skirting boards or built-in timbers along the base of walls may become infected and decayed by wet rot.
• In very damp conditions, the inorganic materials themselves may lose their structural strength. This occurs most spectacularly with walls made of cob (earth) soaked with water.
• Damp conditions on the surface of walls, particularly in conjunction with condensation, allow the growth of moulds both on the surface and within porous or fibrous materials, such as wallpapers or carpets fitted against the base of the wall. Not only is this aesthetically unacceptable and damaging to finishes, but it can be a significant health hazard to occupants.
• Where evaporation takes place, the deposition of soluble salts on the surface or within the pores of materials can cause aesthetic and structural damage.
Fig:- 1.0 Surface Moisture Reading (Above Tide Mark)