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Increased subsidence risk in 2013 warns Searchflow

By , Chartered Surveyor

Wed 13 Feb 2013

Property search provider Searchflow has warned that a dry summer in 2013 could result in hundreds of... More

Missing restraint leads to roof spread

By Scott Oke, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 09 Jan 2013

As restraints were not fitted to provide a degree of lateral restraint between the flank/gable walls... More

Timber cladding decay and repair

By Stewart Heasman, Chartered Surveyor

Tue 11 Dec 2012

Homes with timber cladding will usually have seen some upkeep and repair during their lifetime, but... More

Failed double glazing can be painful

By Toby Gledhill, Chartered Surveyor

Thu 06 Dec 2012

The streaks and condensation visible in a failed double glazed unit can be particularly frustrating... More

Scaffolding needed to fix parapet coping on London home

By Stewart Heasman, Chartered Surveyor

Mon 03 Dec 2012

A routine home buyers survey of the roof and parapet walls revealed missing coping at the apex of... More

Defective felt roof needs work

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Fri 30 Nov 2012

Home surveyors often unearth poorly installed felt roofs when investigating properties with... More

Frost destroys ground level brickwork

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 21 Nov 2012

This spalling damage to the brickwork has likely been caused by long-term exposure to the elements,... More

What are flashings and what do they do?

By , Chartered Surveyor

Mon 19 Nov 2012

Flashings on a property's roof must not be neglected, as they can cause considerable damage to the... More

Not all cracks are cause for alarm

By Edmund Drewelus, Chartered Surveyor

Thu 15 Nov 2012

Mention cracks to most home buyers and they are understandably tempted to run a mile. However all... More

Driveway slope creates damp problems

By Stewart Heasman, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 14 Nov 2012

The living room of this property was suffering extensive damp and water damage below a bay window at... More

Blocked drain potentially serious implications

By , Chartered Surveyor

Mon 12 Nov 2012

This matter should be investigated further as a matter of urgency as the overflow can seriously... More

Ever wondered where mice and vermin get in?

By , Chartered Surveyor

Mon 12 Nov 2012

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Classic example of flat roof at end of life

By , Chartered Surveyor

Mon 12 Nov 2012

Problems with flat roofs are one of the most issues discoveries made by home surveyors - this... More

Cracks to pointing reveal movement

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Mon 12 Nov 2012

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Bucket used to conceal roof leak

By , Chartered Surveyor

Mon 12 Nov 2012

What hidden problems await the unwary? A good surveyor will always carry a ladder and where... More

Older plaster ceilings in need of repairs

By Scott Oke, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 07 Nov 2012

Before the introduction of plasterboard, lath and plaster ceilings were formed by applying plaster... More

Rusted Downspout put Foundations at Risk

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 07 Nov 2012

The guttering of this Manchester house were in particularly poor condition, and had begun to cause... More

Historic woodworm no cause for concern

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 07 Nov 2012

During a recent building survey, the surveyor noted evidence of historic woodworm (photograph shows... More

Wall ties are not always cause for concern

By Martin Tate, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 07 Nov 2012

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Rising Damp Ruins Bathroom

By Scott Oke, Chartered Surveyor

Wed 07 Nov 2012

Damp throughout this St Albans home was particularly evident in the bathroom, where rising damp had... More

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