Before making a purchase on a property, it is required to assess the property for structural defects, safety, sturdiness & compliance with regulations. There are a set of qualified inspectors who carry out these assessments and provide us with a detailed report on the property under question. Performing this assessment helps us in avoiding risks of any sort in future. Some of the common property defects and their possible solutions are listed below.
Subsidence& Structural Movement
Subsidence is caused by the failure of property’s foundation resulted by the ground movement. Clay soil drying out could be one of the major reasons this is caused. This results in wall cracking, if ignored and is significant might compromise the wall stability. There a set of checks that a professional property surveyor carries out to assess this. The width and the extent of crack can be measured and recorded using a measuring gauge. Structural movement can also be caused by settlement, which is a result of failure of components of the building.
Woodworm and beetle attacks
Woodworm is the most common issue in many properties. The main reason of woodworm to propagate is having the environment for it to lay its eggs, having timber to consume to complete its life cycle. This unfortunately is a contagious and spreads quicker than one can imagine. The most common worm the requires a look out is death-watch beetle. This can be controlled by reducing the moisture in the furniture and maintaining a warmer environment. Proper ventilation can avoid moisture accumulation in the property.
Damp & Rot problems
Damp patches is one of the most common property defects. The older the construction higher is the chance of it getting affected by dampness. Damp can be in several form of which a few are listed below
- Condensation, caused when moist air meets a cold surface and cools of leaving water droplets dripping off.
- Penetrating damp, caused by deteriorating construction materials.
- Mould, a fungus that grows in moist environment.
- Wet rot, also a fungal decay of timber.
- Dry rot, the most critical rot that causes decay of timber.
Checking vents, looking for cracks in timber works, checking for built up soil are some of the checks a professional would carry out in order to determine the effect of dampness if any.
Bracing is providing support or strength to the property. It is incorporated to improve stability of the construction. It would most commonly be incorporated into roof timbers or timber floors to try to design out any inherent weakness, or to provide additional support for replacement roof coverings, which may be heavier than originals. Careful inspection of visible timbers within the roof void, and commenting on whether replacement-roofing products are adequately supported.
To not have a good draining can lead the house to leaks and water intrusions, this can be caused in varied parts of the building creating issues of all kind. Inadequate drainage can also lead to mould and dampness in building.
Having an own house is good; we could do whatever we want. However with that comes a great amount of responsibility as well, because any problem is our problem. Any construction is subject to problems with aging irrespective of the construction quality. Figuring out the issues before they get critical is equally important as finding the right property. In order to do so a knowledge on common property defects and their possible solutions is required.