From apprentice to damp and timber surveyor – a career path to be proud of
This is how we make sure you get the best advice on damp and timber survey calls
The ‘Mind the gap’ presentation via The Green Register was an event worth attending
Congratulations are in order for more of our employees as we enter 2017; safer, better and above all – competent
To produce expert damp surveys we have to learn every day…. this week we shared some of that knowledge with Yorkshire’s finest
Yorklshire’s PCA damp experts get together to raise standards
Mould growth in homes? Why is it happening and how should you react to mould growth…… don’t panic!
Surveyor training day is the first Friday of every month. Sometimes these days are quite technical and last week – we concentrated on getting the basics right.
Thermal surveys were improved with additional training for our team – read how it went on the Property Care association’s – ‘Thermography introduction Day’
Wow – CPD for Sheffield damp and timber surveyors reached epic levels last week as our boss Bryan Hindle passed on years of skills…..
Is that woodworm active? Our boss Bryan Hindle gives you hints and tips to answer this like a pro…
Dry Rot treatment Sheffield South Yorkshire It’s an ancient beast Dry Rot… A fungus, which was decaying wood in many more places than Sheffield and south Yorkshire, even before the industrial revolution. Of course there was no treatment then, it was just a case of ripping out the wood and starting again. Over the past […]
CSRT time for damp and timber surveyor For the second time in a month our MD Bryan Hindle spent a day training and mentoring others. This time it was Paul Walker who is a young damp and timber surveyor studying for his upcoming CSRT (Certificated Surveyor in Remedial treatment), exams. He is employed in the […]
Dry Rot? Just how hard is it to treat?
We get lots of calls from clients worried about dry rot treatment. Usually this follows a survey which has suggested dry rot is present in their house, often the survey report will carry dire warnings about the dry rot, resulting in worried homeowners.
Bradford was the venue for the recent Property Care Association northern area meeting.
The Property Care Association is the only recognised trade body for qualified specialists in damp proofing, timber treatment and structural waterproofing. The PCA also covers wall tie replacement and structural repairs of buildings
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Our recent full training day was dedicated to health and safety – for our team – contractors who work with us and for our clients. The work we do presents lots of opportunities for injury and illness. Wall tie work almost always involves working at height falls from height causes many unecessary deaths at work in the construction industry.
Timber treatment means we use pesticides, which need to be used carefully to protect clients and ourselves too.
For some time wall tie corrosion has tended to be pigeon-holed as a defect of pre-war housing. It’s common in 1930s semis and it’s true; my wall tie specialist company’s bread and butter is pre-war dwellings.
However, over the past ten years I’ve noticed a steady drift in our work, which these days includes more and more post war commercial properties.
Woodworm is a generic term and can be misused or accidently used where similar looking beetles are found.
When anyone talks of ‘woodworm’ they are normally talking about The Common Furniture beetle Anobium punctatum. This can be a very damaging pest; eating floors, staircases and roof timbers.
Whilst these are sometimes discovered as holes in timber, the adult beetles also make an apperance in the summer months, so when a client in Bradford found chocolate coloured beetles in her bedroom window sills, alarm bells rang.
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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.
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Thursday was the day for dedicated PCA members to meet up for a series of meetings and presentations given by the PCA and members.
This type of behind the scenes work is crucial for Brick Tie Preservation, in order to maintain high standards for consumers. Briefings included a section on Basement waterproofing insurance, so that PCA members’ customers are protected in the event of problems after the waterproofing work has been completed.
Our March Continuing professional Development event was held in Colton Leeds last Wednesday. A mix of 40 delegates ranging from Structural Engineers to Architects and building surveyors were in attendance, to hear the latest technical details on three subjects…
Damp survey? Damp report? These terms come up every day, all around Yorkshire, when people are either buying or selling houses and? there doesn’t have to be a damp problem for a damp survey to be asked for.
The problem is that most of us don’t buy and sell houses every day, so when a damp survey or damp report is asked for, people don’t know where to turn and that leaves them open to stress, confusion and sometimes; poor service.
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Okay, so Dry Rot is the bogey man of rots, everyone talks about it and yes, Dry rot is a serious problem. However, it is Wet Rot, in its many forms, which dwarfs the damage done by Dry Rot and is seen in very many older (and some newer) houses.
There are many separate species of Wet Rot and I we won’t bore you with the Latin names. But they all have one thing in common; they thrive in damp timber in almost any situation. This is why Wet Rot is the biggest threat to anyone’s structural timbers, be these floors, roofs, staircases or timber frame components. The thing is; wet rot is so adaptable and can happily grow and consume timber at near saturated condition, or that which is dry to the touch. How so?
Why is it that old cavity wall ties may need replacing, even when they look very thick and strong, what harm can surface wall tie corrosion really do? This is a question we often get asked, particularly by builders and other tradesmen, who have removed a window or opened up a cavity and found thick, […]
Tagged as: Wall Tie Corrosion
Brick Tie Preservation take damp diagnosis to a new level of precision with the establishment of a state-of-the-art damp diagnosis laboratory
Chemical damp proofing is tried and tested but it can only control rising damp and will be ineffective against the many other common causes of damp in buildings
More qualifications for Brick-Te Preservation’s surveying team, with Sean Tristram-Jones adding the CSRT health and safety module to his collection…
How to get good damp advice in Yorkshire – a guide. “I wonder if you can help me, I’m selling my house and the buyer’s surveyor says it’s damp?” “Are you the people who cure damp, because I think we’ve got that?” “There’s a smell and I’m sure it’s damp, can you help?” Where damp […]
Bryan Hindle presented a Structural Repair CPD (Continuing Professiopnal Development presentation) for members of RICS in Leeds….
Electronic moisture meters are useful tools but can cause real problems when used incorrectly. If you’ve ever thought “Why use an electronic moisture meter?” this post is for you.
Trouble is afoot in Yorkshire’s housing. Wall tie corrosion became our business in 1985 are we are twenty six years older than they we were then the house I was checking with rusty wall ties were only fifty years old when wall tie corrosion was first noticed, so they’ve aged by another 50%. Bear in […]
Tagged as: Wall Tie Corrosion
Bryan heads to Graham Coleman’s lab for hands on gravimetric damp testing tuition from the Property Care Association head examiner
A bridged DPC may cause damp – but what is a bridged DPC? To save loads of typing I’ve shot a short video on the survey in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This is a case of a an indication of rising damp. Many would just install a new DPC, but I wanted to get to the […]
Structural engineers keep up to date with valuable Continuing professional development with our Structural Waterproofing CPD
Bryan attended a Continuing Professional Development meeting, organised by the Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers last Thursday night. The subject was ‘Flood remediation’. Or in plain English ‘how to dry out and then repair buildings damaged by flooding’. The presentation was done by Steve Hodgson, who is the general manager of the Property Care […]
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