Wood Boring Beetles

Wood Boring Beetles

All Creatures Great and Small Having bought a home in the Northamptonshire countryside, I am prepared and sometimes even happy to share parts of our house (or at least some of the less frequented parts) with the occasional insect or small mammal. At certain times...
Dry Rot

Dry Rot

Timber Decay Timber has a very good strength to weight ratio which makes it a valuable building material. In the right conditions, and if properly treated, some seasoned hardwoods are remarkably durable.  However, over time the treatments will deteriorate and, where...
Dampness in Buildings

Dampness in Buildings

Dampness   Dampness in a building is one of the more common defects picked up by surveyors during Home Survey Reports.  It can result in unforeseen cost, time and aggravation. To categorise where dampness comes from, we can consider three locations:   From...
Cracks in Buildings

Cracks in Buildings

Discount Less Serious Causes Interpreting whether a crack is of structural significance can be one of the more challenging aspects for a Surveyor conducting a building inspection. There can be a tendency to err on the side caution and conclude that most cracks are...

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