Category Archives: Building Surveying

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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Old House Defects

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…
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New House Defects

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 /…
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