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Damp Proofing and condensation talk for Leeds University

23 March 2013

Our damp and condensation CPD program never stops

Damp diagnosis and condensation training took our MD Bryan Hindle on the road again this week. The destination was Leeds University for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session with the University’s estates department.

A dozen or so surveyors, architects and estate technicians were in attendance for an hour on damp diagnosis and condensation. Bryan used his extensive collection of site photos to talk the delegates through a wide variety of real situations, with incites on how these dampness problems were resolved and tips on getting the information needed, to really explore damp in detail and avoid misplaced damp proofing work.

The advanced features of modern moisture measurement systems were demonstrated and Bryan took everyone through the process of a damp survey, to measure the internal environmental conditions and compare these to the external conditions in accordance with BS 5250:2011 Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings.

The use of Storm Dry external water repellent cream, to reduce penetrating damp and also save heat loss on solid walls was introduced and correct specification of air extraction and Positive Input Ventilation was explored.

Vertical damp proof membrane application above ground, using the Oldroyd range was demonstrated and Bryan was able to show delegates an example of a dry rot outbreak caused by incorrect specification and application of a membrane using a generic membrane system. The importance of correct diagnosis, combined with correct specification and skilled application of damp proofing materials was emphasised.

Mould was on the agenda of course and whilst being realistic about the growing problem which is mould growth, Bryan was able to settle some myths about mould, which are sadly being promoted by some ‘mould inspectors’ and the media.

A chemical moisture meter for correct measurement of water in building materials was demonstrated, as was basic moisture profiling to get the best possible use from conventional electronic moisture meters used by most damp surveyors.

A buffet lunch was provided and feedback was excellent, with delegates asking questions and really appreciating a chance to pick the brains of a real experienced expert.

The knowledge we have is from years of training and experience, so clients know we can find the causes of their damp and cure the damp problem correctly – guaranteed.

Our CPD presentations are available on our core expertise to building professionals as follows:

  1. Damp and condensation – diagnosis and treatment
  2. Timber infestations and treatment
  3. Basement waterproofing, specification and application – new and existing basements
  4. Wall Tie Corrosion and structural repairs of masonry – a practical guide.

Further reading on these subjects is available from our blog and web sites below:
Our damp and condensation CPD program never stops:

Call us now for free advice on dampness problems or to book a damp and/or timber survey… 0800 591 541

Professionals in the built environment can apply for a free ‘in house’ CPD presentation by calling general manager Katrina Jackson on 0113 232 8433. We also hold cpd events, which are ideal for smaller practices, call Katrina to put your name down for the next event.

Leeds University (CPD) session with the University?s estates department Chemical moisture meter for damp diagnosis A damp meter in use