SPECIFIC DEFECTS REPORTS
AFA is able to undertake full defects analysis
of buildings and their component parts, for both commercial and
As Building Surveyors we are often instructed
to carry out inspections, provide reports and recommendations on
what works are required. Also we are often instructed to inspect
building works where it has been alleged that the works are of a
poor standard or where the works have been carried out incorrectly,
these reports often form part of legal proceedings against builders.
Properties often suffer from such defects as damp,
cracks, subsidence and rot. A Building Surveyor can determine what
works will be necessary to rectify the problem.
At AFA we understand buildings and we also understand
building defects and we are here to enable you to get these works
rectified in a professional manner ensuring that you get value for
If we feel that there is a specific problem you
have that needs to have specialist investigation, we are able to
assist you in the appointment of the correct specialist.
Some Common Defects
- Dry Rot: The fungus is often concealed behind
panelling or flooring. It can spread at a rate of 1.5 metres per
year and can destroy the internal fabric and structure of a property
within a few years if left unchecked.
- Wet Rot: This type of rot tends to occur outside
the property, in particular to doors, door frames, window frames
and eaves joinery which are constantly exposed to the elements.
However, if the damp proof course has failed or an element is allowing
moisture penetration it can also occur inside as well.
- Rising damp: This is the movement of water
through the structure of your house by capillary attraction. The
surface tension of the water will pull itself up through the wall
unless it is physically stopped. It is very common in older properties
where the damp proof course or damp proof membrane has failed or
- Structural movement: This covers settlement
and subsidence of properties with the causes being many and varied.
- Woodworm: This building defect is caused by
the larva of a wood boring beetle eating its way through timber.
If left unchecked it can destroy timbers yet it can be quite easy
to treat if you know of its presence.
- Asbestos: This has been used in construction
for over 75 years. It was common in most house types and was incorporated
into many things from boiler houses and ceilings to balconies and
walkways. Asbestos cement products include sheeting on walls and
roofs, roof and floor tiles, cold water tanks, gutters, pipes and
in decorative plaster finishes, to name just a few.
- Radon gas: This is a colourless, odourless,
radioactive gas which comes from the earth's crust and may enter
a home through cracks in the foundation or drains in the floor.
In sufficient concentrations Radon gas can cause health problems.
- Lead pipes: In older properties lead pipe work
can be unseen in the wall cavities. It needs to be identified as
it can cause lead poisoning and can be expensive to remove.
- Faulty electrics: A faulty electrical installation
can present a significant risk not only to you, from electrocution
but also to your home from fire.
- Cavity Wall Tie Corrosion: The British
Research Establishment estimate that over 2 million dwellings in
the UK are affected by cavity wall tie corrosion. In extreme cases,
where it has been left unchecked, it can cause the collapse of entire
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