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Condensation Problems

 

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Our Surveyors pride themselves on a high standard of work. If you have problems with condensation or any other property problem we can help you. We can offer Building Surveys also known as Structural Surveys, Specific Defects also known as Engineers Reports or Damp Reports. We can also carry out Independent Valuations. We have written many articles and may even already have written an article about the problem you have. We would refer you to the many articles we have on our home page 1stAssociated.co.uk. Please Free phone us on 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat.

Condensation

 

Is it condensation or rising damp or lateral dampness?

We have come across various instances of dampness that has been thought to be rising damp or lateral damp. Many people when they see dampness in properties think it to be rising damp, however very often it is not and indeed many argue there is very little rising damp. Part of the problem is specialist damp proofing companies.
Testing for and finding minor rising damp

 

Rising damp

Lateral dampness

 

Why specialist damp proofing companies can only see rising damp

First of all we need to explain how rising damp companies make their money. This is from diagnosing rising damp and treating it by inserting a damp proof course and usually needing to re-plaster internally, plus any associated work such as repairs to the floors. So if they do not diagnose rising damp then they do not have any work. If you do ask a specialist damp proofing company (damp proofing sales person) to come in then do not be surprised if they find you have rising damp! In our experience condensation and lateral damp are much more common.

Damp proof course

Bitumen damp proof course

 

When is a surveyor not a surveyor and really a salesperson?

Unfortunately the term surveyor can be used by anyone, unlike architect that is a registered term. You need to look for the term chartered surveyor, which shows the person has spent a period of education, training under supervision and also a breadth of knowledge and to ensure the person is an independent chartered surveyor. This means that they are not tied to any company (estate agents, building societies and/or bans) and are working for your interests first.

There are various other surveyor qualifications but we would argue that there is none that comes near to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors training, which takes many years.

Even once a surveyor is qualified they have to carry on what is known as life long learning, which is recorded and monitored by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (and cannot use the designation chartered surveyor) until they have had the appropriate experience and have been examined upon it. Therefore, be aware of anyone saying they are a surveyor without using the term chartered surveyor. Many sales companies, we feel, have utilised the term surveyor to their advantage when they really mean sales person.

 

Can I spot condensation?

To some extent identifying condensation comes with a mixture of knowledge and experience. There are a few factors that are pointers towards the property being likely to have condensation. Probably the most important one is how the house is utilised. We found that houses that are occupied by many people, such as large families, or what is known as multi-occupied properties, or HMO's (houses in multiple occupation), where there is a great deal of steam cooking or alternatively a lot of showering going on without suitable ventilation, these properties tend to be more prone to condensation.

A lot of steam cooking

What does condensation look like?

Condensation can take many forms, literally from liquid on the walls to mould on the walls.

Black mould from condensation

Black mould on a wall

Black mould from condensation in the corner of a bedroom

 

Where does condensation occur?

Condensation can occur almost anywhere. Commonly it occurs in high humidity areas with a lack of ventilation, where the warm air meets the coldness of the walls, so typically at low level.

 

Air bricks provide natural ventilation

 

How can we cure condensation problems?

Increase the ventilation in the property, particularly the rooms where water vapour is being caused, for example where there are many people in the same room add ventilation, where there is a great deal of boiling, steaming or cooking going on again add ventilation, where there is a great deal of showering and bathing going on again add ventilation.

Testing the extract fan. This one had a poor extraction.

 

Condensation -

Ventilation has to be

used

In our experience unless the occupants are almost forced to use the ventilation they will generally not use it, for example when they turn the light on in the shower room it should also turn an extract fan on. Simply having a window to open is not good enough and will be forgotten.

Condensation from a shower where there was a window that could be opened nearby but never was.

 

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Surveyors with Thermal Imaging Cameras

Yes, we do have thermal imagers and yes it can be dangerous for Surveyors using thermal imagers if they do not have enough experience of working with them. We have developed knowledge of thermal imaging cameras over the many years we have now worked with them. We have even given lectures about thermal imaging cameras at Universities.

 

Condensation visible on metal return of window

Shows a cold metal frame in a room where condensation occurs

 

What are the ovals and circles in our reports?

Within our reports you will see a number of photos with ovals and circles that highlight specific problems and characteristics of the property that has been surveyed. If we still feel the problem or characteristic has not been explained enough then we will include one of our sketches that have been drawn exclusively for us to show it in more detail.

 

Air brick

Air brick ventilates a room

 

Independent Surveyors

Please contact us for help and advice on condensation issues, surveys, building surveys, commercial surveys, structural reports / engineers reports / specific defects report, structural surveys, home buyers reports or any other property matters on 0800 298 5424 and a surveyor will ring you back to discuss this further.

 

Our Good, Bad & Ugly surveys!

We would like to introduce to you what we call our Good, Bad and Ugly survey which is a building survey, sometimes known as a structural survey, and is something that we have developed over many years, in fact several decades. We have listened to feedback from our clients and amended and altered our surveys to make them easy to read and describe issues clearly. The key factor we believe is that our surveys are easy to understand in plain English.

 

We can email you examples of our structural surveys and specific defect reports

If you are interested in having a structural survey or Specific Defect Report on condensation problems within your property please call us and we would be happy to email you some examples of our tailor made reports.

 

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