Damp Survey, HampsteadPosted: 15th March,2021
Hampstead Damp Survey
Recently one of our surveyors undertook a damp and moisture ingress survey on this modern property, located in Hampstead. Alpine Surveys were instructed to undertake an in-depth assessment of the property, guaranteeing to find the source of the problem.
In order to ascertain the true cause of damp, we always undertake a thorough and detailed investigation of the property. Initially we obtain any important history regarding previous or present issues. We undertake a detailed assessment of the properties exterior and assess every room where a full property survey was instructed, or the selection of rooms where a partial survey or areas of concern were instructed. In this case the survey was undertaken on 3 problem areas.
The client had previously undertaken various works to try and eradicate the problem however the issue was still persistent. They called upon Alpine Surveys to establish exactly where the problem was originating from, and to provide them with specific recommendations in order to eradicate the problem.
In this case the surveyor undertook a survey on 3 specific problem areas that were suffering from incessant damp problems. The surveyor assessed the lounge, adjacent hallway and the associated external walls. Whilst assessing the exterior it was established that a few bricks had spalled on the upper left area of the right pitched roof just under the fascia board. This level of deterioration will allow water and moisture to penetrate through and into the structure. Furthermore, the surveyor also noted a gap extending the entire width under the hall windowsill, which would also allow moisture ingress, which will migrate down through the structure.
Internally, the hallway had blown plaster and paint peeling on the wall above the front wall adjacent to and on the side partition wall adjoining the lounge. This level of deterioration is a result of the defects noted externally. The RD levels (Relative Damp Levels) on the lower area of the ceiling were up to 389. The high moisture levels are a result of the defects noted externally.
In addition to this during the assessment of the lounge, the surveyor found that the walls and floor generally appeared to be in a reasonable condition, apart from the upper area of the rear sliding door adjacent to the side glazed window. This level of deterioration is a result of moisture penetration from the balcony above.
Our surveyor gave specific recommendations to rectify the exterior defects, in order to correct the internal issues, these were included within our standard comprehensive report.