The most common specific defect survey we get involved in is damp usually in period properties in which in kent there is a lot by this we mean those that where constructed before 1919, our involvement is usually following a survey from another contractor or worse when you’ve had a member of the PCA around to convince you to install a new chemical damp proof course and cement based products on your walls.
We can carry out an extensive survey of your property to investigate your issue and in addition, we are able to use state of the art technology such as Thermal Imaging Camera and industry approved procedures like Calcium-Carbide Testing (Speedy) to make sure there is a real damp issue we do not rely on a pin probed resistance meter for specialist damp surveys although we have one and use them as required during home buyer surveys.
In addition to the technology, we also have access to the industry key standards including
- BS5250 – code for the control of condensation,
- BS6576 – code for the installation of damp proofing
- BS 7913 – Conservation of historic buildings.
- BRE Digest 245 – Rising damp in walls – diagnosis and treatment
Our work is in line with these guidance documents, our director has also completed the excellent CIOB Understanding Building Conservation course which is all on applying ICOMOS and BS 7913 Standards.