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Old building techniques cause damp in Peterborough survey

A Building Survey conducted on a late-19th Century Peterborough property revealed some outmoded building techniques that were now causing problems.

The Chartered Surveyor searched the mid-terrace home for signs of defect and disrepair. In general, his assessment was positive. However, he noted the age of the property and raised concerns about high damp readings. Some Victorian-era construction methods may be leading to the home’s retention of moisture, he warned.

Damp proof course not doing its job in Building Survey in Peterborough

The Surveyor noted that:

“Properties of this type were generally constructed without an effective damp proof course (DPC) and as such are inherently prone to rising damp. ”

In this case, noted the Property Survey, the brickwork had been injected with a chemical DPC. This is a retroactive technique developed during the 21st Century to retard the progress of rising damp in older buildings.

The Surveyor noted that:

“I found traces of slight persistent damp in the rear dining room walls. I could see no significant deterioration from this. Future problems may arise and you will need to keep an eye on this. The possibility of having to carry out some future remedial work should not be discounted. ”

Damp can cause structural and human health problems. Mould and rot can invade woodwork and plaster, bringing with them wood-boring insect infestation. Once a simple damp problem has graduated to one of these nasty issues, it can lead to an expensive repair job.

Sub-floor ventilation also inadequate, says Building Survey in Peterborough

The Building Survey in Peterborough also noted an insufficient amount of ventilation had been afforded to the under-floor area. Because this Cambridgeshire property contained timber flooring, this waseven more vital.  

The Property Survey reported that:

“Ventilation beneath the timber ground floors is inadequate and additional airbricks should be inserted. At the same time a precautionary check of floor timbers (including under floor areas) should be made as inadequate ventilation combined with dampness may have allowed rot to occur. ”

The buyer could now consider their options:

  • To proceed with the sale for the agreed price.
  • To ask the seller to remedy the ventilation issue and provide assurance that the DPC was sound before purchase.
  • To reconsider the sale altogether.

The Building Survey advised the buyer that the best option for this Peterborough property would be to proceed to sale.

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