The aim of this book is to take the reader by the hand and show them exactly how to carry out various inspection techniques to identify the causes of damp in buildings. This is achieved by taking them through a variety of investigation methods using real-life case studies illustrated by dozens of sketches, drawings and photographs – and considerable insight into how investigations can be conducted on site – and also including most importantly the Client’s input and perspective on a damp issue.
Written in non-technical language by a leading expert and author on damp, the book begins by outlining the common types and phases of an investigation, the equipment required and the nature of potential remedial work. Case studies then cover condensation, penetrating damp, plumbing and roof leaks, below ground moisture and damp bridging – and some innovative remedies installed by the author himself. The final section contains step by step guidance on procedures such as using a humidity box, inspecting a cavity wall, using a damp meter and extracting and testing a plaster sample for salt content.
The book is full of hints and tips developed over a career spent investigating, diagnosing and remediating damp issues and is essential reading for surveyors looking to improve their skills and knowledge of this often complex defect. The book will also be very useful for homeowners trying to self-diagnose, and architects, engineers and other professionals who need to gain insight into common problem caused by moisture imbalance in buildings.
Table of Contents
SECTION A. INTRODUCTORY MATTERS; SECTION B. GUIDANCE ON THE COMMON DAMP PROBLEMS; SECTION C. CASE FILES; SECTION D. LEAK DETECTION; SECTION E. INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY; SECTION F. STEP BY STEP GUIDES OF SITE INSPECTION TECHNIQUES; SECTION G. GLOSSARY, REFERENCES; SECTION H. APPENDICES
Ralph Burkinshaw (FRICS, BSc, MA, CSRT, PGCHE ) is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 45 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. He has written and researched on dampness in buildings extensively, including firstly with Mike Parett the classic textbook for surveyors, Diagnosing Damp published in 2003, followed by Remedying Damp in 2009. He is qualified in remedial treatment surveying (CSRT) and has extensive experience in flood remediation, with industry qualifications in applied structural drying and water damage restoration. He has also learned trade skills in construction – winning a silver trowel award in brickwork – and several of his hands-on innovative projects feature in this text. Ralph has also been employed as a senior lecturer in building surveying and has run innumerable seminars for surveyors all over the UK on dampness investigation.