Archives for February 2011

Cavity wall tie corrosion in Yorkshire (now getting much worse)

I worked on my first remedial cavity wall tie installation job in the summer of 1984.  It was a domestic house in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.  The detached house was brick, built with black ash mortar. A Structural Engineer had noticed some slight bulging of the wall and suspected wall tie corrosion was at work.  Without […]

Damp. The (very), basic guide. Part 2

Before reading this, it may help to look at the preamble in part 1. Part 2 moves on from damp visible as mould on clothes, walls and ceilings and goes onto damp coming into the property from outside the house.  Specialists and surveyors refer to this as ‘Penetrating damp’.  Of course this means the damp […]

Damp. The (very), basic guide. Part 1

As a damp specialist I get asked about damp all the time.  So this post is the start of a short series of plain English articles for ‘normal’ people – not surveyors or other property professionals. To keep things simple, we need to think first about how to limit ourselves to damp which we all […]

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