Do you have a low opinion of other damp proofing companies or anyone who considers themselves a surveyor?

  Damp proofing companies install a product. The individuals who perform such tasks have been trained in that particular task and nothing else.   To conduct an accurate survey from which a report proposing works to rectify the causation requires the ability to draw a correlation between factors that can only be obtained from hands-on … Read more

9″ imperial stocks, pointing, flank-walls, parapets, chimney-stacks and wicking

Please explain the following terminology and it’s relevance to damp properties in Medway: 9″ imperial stocks, pointing, flank-walls, parapets, chimney-stacks and wicking   Porosity and exposure; two fundamental elements in explaining the relevance of that particular terminology.   9″ Imperial stock bricks: 9″ is the length. Imperial refers to the measurement, i.e. imperial or metric. Stocks are … Read more

Other common damp causes in Medway properties

The impermeable chalk barrier, bridging of DPC, possibility of leakage from gully. What else is common amongst damp Medway properties? Location. Specifically the undulating landscape that encompasses all of Medway. Whilst not a problem in itself, properties are divided by being either on a hill, on top of the hill or at the bottom. This may sound simplistic in … Read more

Is rising damp caused by rain-water or surface-water going into the wall at ground-level?

“I think i’m right in saying, rising damp must be caused by rain-water or surface-water going into the wall at ground-level?” Wrong, but it is a reasonable assumption. It is the moisture content held below ground level that’s sandwiched between the chalk and concrete. You see, the amount of rainwater that’s in direct contact with … Read more

Historic Building Practices in Medway: Part Two

Despite Medways perceived underclass element and the deterioration associated with that environment, investment in Medway and especially Rochester will effectively elevate the area from being one of the remaining vestiges of affordable housing in the South East. Many professionals and educated middle class families are choosing to move away from London (or are being priced … Read more

Historic Building Practices in Medway: Part One

Historic Building Practices in Medway The Victorian era extended from 1837-1901. Other than the many buildings of historical interest (mostly confined to Rochester), you will notice that properties in Medway predominantly fall into the category of being built during the reign of Queen Victoria. Building practices changed little up to the 1920’s when a vast … Read more

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