Article by Noel Larkin Published in Irish Times, Property Clinic Section, Dated 19 March 2015 Q Five years ago I renovated an old bungalow that included dry walling the interior wall on all the external walls. I am having issues with some of the walls since in that a damp mark from the holding nail (which…Read more
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A short Article by Noel Larkin MSCSI MRICS As Building Surveyors, the identification of building defects forms a primary part of our daily work. More importantly, I see the remedying of building defects and the specification of practical, cost effective, solutions is our key role. The identification of some defects can be easy however the…Read more
The top ten defects in old houses are: Rising damp. Inadequate sub floor ventilation to timber floors and subsequent decay. Woodworm to roof structure / floor joists. Wet rot to single glazed timber windows. Poorly maintained / leaking rainwater goods. Slipped / missing slates and poor levels of maintenance to roof coverings. Gun barrel piping…Read more
The top ten defects in new houses are: Inadequate fire stopping to party walls. Missing or poorly located cavity tray to brick chimneys. Low head height on stairs. Head heights not meeting requirements of building regulations. Inadequate provision of ventilation to drainage system. Drainage system vented into attic. Poorly dispersed insulation within roof void /…Read more
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