Archives for September 2011

A trip around Envirovent’s Harrogate facility

I enjoyed a trip around Envirovent’s base in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, the other day. Envirovent North’s Owner, Stuart Wright, invited me and was clearly very proud to show me around. I was surprised to find that the building houses an assembly plant, where the company’s range of Positive Input Ventilation, extraction fans and heat exchangers […]

Property Care Association Northern regional meeting 2011

This week saw the northern meeting of the PCA members take place in Blackburn, Lancashire. The PCA is the only credible trade association for damp and timber specialists in the UK. Members include contractors (like me), and independent surveyors and consultants.  Manufacturers of the materials we use can also join. Anyway, this wasn’t just a […]

Woodworm in houses–some timber survey tips.

Whilst we are nearing the end of the flight season for Common Furniture Beetle Anobium punctatum, the holes the buggers make don’t heal up and you’ll come across them all year round.                              Above – Fresh flight holes in the back of […]

Damp stains on a chimney breast and adjacent ceiling – It may be salts.

I’m finding that the number of enquiries relating to damp stains on chimneys is on the up.   The common complaint is that the roofer has either fixed the stack or the flashing, but the damp still comes in.  Usually the roofer has been back a couple of times or three and still the problems […]

Damp Diagnosis case study; a bridged DPC in a cavity wall

  Having recently posted Graham Coleman’s moisture profile table on Preservationexpert, I thought I’d keep an eye out for some on-site case studies for you, which demonstrate some finer points to take account of on damp surveys. This one is a classic rising damp profile I found the other day, using a conductivity moisture meter, […]

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