In these video you will see how Ross Charters goes about his surveys in identifying damp and timber issues. You can view lots of different issues in regards to damp and timber surveys on the Youtube channel. If you have any questions you can always ask them on the Youtube channel.
The above video shows how a rising damp survey should be carried out. Obviously this video doesn’t show exactly everything I picked up, but it shows issues with drains, French drains, wells, culverts, and gravimetric graphs. This is the type of survey we offer to find the root cause of rising damp issues.
In the above video you will see me go through a step by step of eliminating the cause of bridging of the damp proof course. Bridging of the dpc is common cause of rising damp, where there is a physical damp proof course. Often this is missed because of cheap surveys that are non invasive. In the video I also tell you the questions you need to ask a damp surveyor to ensure you get the correct diagnosis every time.
See how our client spent thousands on damp proofing when the previous Company failed to find the obvious defects that were the cause of the damp issues. I would expect an averagely competent surveyor to pick all of this basic stuff up.
See in this survey how we have a different opinion of the previous damp surveyors. If I follow previous damp surveyors to look at damp issues, its not unusual to have a difference of opinion. I recently carried out a survey like this where the CCTV drain survey picked up root intrusion, and displaced joints that were the root cause of rising damp. Fortunately a drain lining patch, and some drying equipment fixed that one. Root rising damp cause identified and fixed.
Free rising damp survey….. Probably not the best option when you consider this client spent thousands, and still had the exact same issues. We were called in as they claimed the property was still drying down; when it actual fact it was still suffering from condensation, and not rising damp as first presumed and treated for.
The above video shows a record number of leaks that we found on a damp survey in Wiltshire. By spending time at the property and investigating all potential causes we can then give the correct advice.
The above video shows a spectacular issue with timber floor decay because of sub floor ventilation issues. The cavity wall insulation (cwi) restricted the sub floor ventilation, and caused subsequent sub floor condensation. Long term sub floor condensation will eventually cause decay to a suspended timber floor. Dry rot or wet rot will occur, and timber repairs will be needed. Unfortunately as it is hidden beneath the floor, clients don’t even know its occurring.
The above video shows the ThermaTech Super Heated hot water system heating and peeling the modern paint from the wall. This system basically heats up the water up to 150 °c. We use this regularly to help remove paints that have the potential to trap in moisture, and cause subsequent damp issues. Modern masonry paint at the base of a traditional wall can cause rising damp symptoms. If you advice with a sympathetic approach or rising damp issues, this is one of the solutions we offer.
The above video explains how to lower high external ground levels. Sometimes the high ground level can bridge the damp proof course, or it can just slow evaporation at the base of the wall. You will also see a typical drawing of how to lower high ground levels. This is a common cause of rising damp at the base of the wall, and offers a sympathetic damp repair.
Have you heard the Deathwatch beetle tapping sound ? The Deathwatch beetle sound is pretty loud and can be heard quite easily in the middle of the night. This video also shows Deathwatch beetle frass, and tips on what to look out for to see if a Deathwatch beetle infestation is active or not.