All properties require maintenance on a regular basis or they eventually become dilapidated and day to day or planned/cyclical maintenance is the only way to keep your property or portfolio in a fit state of health.
Before you make up your mind to purchase a property, it should be surveyed by a professional surveyor, to make sure it is both structurally & cosmetically sound, however, there are some very basic checks that you can carry out first before spending money on any type of survey.
"A pair of binoculars, a good eye and some common sense will be all that is initially required".
Maintenance as a topic can be extremely extensive, however, partly due to the amount of questions we receive daily on dampness, this topic seems as good as any to detail further.
We have detailed throughout this guide, the three most common causes of dampness and hope this information will be on some assistance to you.
1. Poorly capped chimney.
2. Faulty rainwater protection where chimney stack passes through roof.
3. Displaced roof tiles.
4. Faulty coping stone, without damp–proof course (dpc).
5. Defective parapet & valley gutter lining.
6. Lack of cavity tray over window head.
7. Defective rainwater pipe & hopper.
8. Cracked felt on flat roof & incorrect fall to same.
9. Missing lead soaker adjacent to flat roof.
10. Rain splashback over dpc.
11. Defective render.
12. Mortar droppings on tiles between two leaves of a cavity wall, transmitting penetrating rain to inner wall.
13. Defective window cill admits water.
14. Poorly painted window frame.
15. No threshold to prevent driving rain.
16. Earth bridging dpc.
17. Earth retaining wall not tanked.
18. No vertical damp proof membrane (dpm) & no air brick ventilation to cellar.
19. Missing dpc under joists resting on sleeper wall.
20. Missing dpc under floor & door frame.
21. Blocked ventilation gaps to roof.
22. No air brick to gable wall.
23. Interstitial condensation in flat roof, due to no vapour barrier present.
24. No flu vent in blocked up chimney breast.
25. Cold spot condensation on solid concrete lintel.
26. Condensation behind pictures & in cupboards, due to lack of ventilation.
27. Condensation at the bottom of an external wall.
28. Soil heap bridging damp-proof course (dpc).
Technical Reports and Schedules
JAC LTD also specialise in the preparation of;
Protimeter Surveymaster 2 Moisture Meter
Assorted condition reports
Maintenance budget cost reports (BCR)
Schedules of maintenance (PPM)
Specifications of works
On site contract administration
Section/s 11, 17 & 20 Notices EWR & Disrepair Surveyor
Protimeter Surveymaster 2 moisture
meter diagnosis reports
FLIR thermal image camera (TIC) energy loss & flat roof hot spot/s combustible safety reports
FLIR E6 Thermal Imaging Camera
FLIR thermal imaging cameras (TIC), essential infrared image recording for the following;;
Day to day maintenance
Fire damage reinstatement works
Hot works safety on site
Insurance assessments & claims
Planned & cyclical maintenance
Schedules of dilapidation
Section 11 Landlord & Tenant Act (LTA) 1985 Expert Witness Reports