Category Archives: Building Surveying

Cracks in walls

Here's my answer to a readers question in The Irish times on May 7th 2015 Cracks in walls Q. In 2006, I built a four-bedroom house and was informed by the builders that as the property settles some cracking would occur. Cracking did start to appear over some windows, doors and ceilings. Over the years…
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Who fixes the problem when the builder is no longer around?

Article by Noel Larkin Published in Irish Times, Property Clinic Section, Dated 9th April 2015 Q We recently bought a ground- floor apartment from a developer. We soon discovered rainwater was leaking into the livingroom from the patio door and that there was a draft. The builder reset the doors and used a sealant before Christmas, but…
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Why do damp marks keep coming through?

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…
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Building Defects a shortfall in performance

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…
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