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Worcester Building Surveys - local issues

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Flooding in Worcester

Flooding could seriously affect both the value and your enjoyment of your home. Hillside run-off from sudden rain, for example, can be a totally unexpected cause of flooding. Even for homes far removed from a major waterway or coastline, flooding can still seriously affect you. The causes of flooding in Worcester may include:

  • Groundwater flooding often occurs where there is a high concentration of permeable rocks, called aquifers, such as chalk, gravel in river valleys, or sandstone.
  • River flooding - This can be caused when the water draining into a river or water course exceeds the volume it can handle. Heavy rain falling on an already waterlogged area is a common cause.

Mitigating the risk of flooding

Buyers should be aware that even the risk of flooding may affect a home's value. A chartered surveyor will carry out a survey of a house and report on the likely consequences were the home to flood.Flooding may occur near the River Severn in Worcestershire, the River Teme and its tributaries downstream of Ludlow and Beverley Brook Catchment in the London Boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Walling Materials in Worcester - Stone

From North to South, buildings have been built both with local materials and those from much farther afield, consisting of two main categories, frame and mass construction. Stone walling covers a wide assortment of different methods, materials and styles. Types include millstone grit blocks, faced in quarries such as those in the Pennines, or slate from Wales and the Lake District. The fabric of a building's walls is a major determining factor in its overall character. It is the responsibility of the RICS chartered surveyor to provide a detailed assessment of the issues this choice of stone has caused, or will cause. The RICS chartered surveyor will consider likely upkeep responsibilities and problems the building's new owners will face, including efflorescence (white staining caused by moisture). If you suspect dampness may be an issue for a Worcester property, speak to your surveyor. Though many different issues can affect the myriad materials used in stone walls, where render is used on a stone wall, moisture is often unable to escape. This leads to deterioration of the stone which can become costly to resolve.

Walling Methods and Materials - Timber

In comparison to other methods of timber construction, such as post and plank, timber frame is by far the most common in Worcester and across Hereford and Worcester. Brick, stone and even plastered wattle and daub commonly feature in box-frame houses. Defects and maintenance issues associated with timber walling are varied, and some can be costly to fix. Points to consider when assessing defects of such houses range from rotten softwood window frames to serious warping of unseasoned timber beams. Benefits of timber-frame construction are numerous, such as -

  • Carbon neutral
  • Can be easily recycled
  • Potentially lower overall maintenance costs
  • Precision crafted timber elements lead to less settlement and movement of the structure over time
Many examples of square box-frame properties can be found in and around Worcester, but the style is less frequently seen in Eastern and Northern England. Many buyers will appreciate the historical character of an exposed timber house, but they should also be aware of the upkeep requirements which a Home Buyers Survey in Worcester can confirm.

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