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With the New Year upon us, and the cold, wet weather still around, it’s a good time to revisit the problems that may have been blighting your home.  In this article, we discuss 6 very good reasons why it might be time to tackle those niggling home improvement jobs.

1. Condensation

Condensation is a major problem affecting many homes across the whole of the country and is common in houses which lack sufficient ventilation. This problem, if left untreated, can lead to black mould forming on walls and ceilings which in turn can damage wallpaper and painted surfaces as well as furniture and clothing etc. Spores produced by black mould and the moist conditions can also increase the risk of illness such as asthma and bronchitis. If you’ve noticed some of the signs indicating that your home may be suffering from condensation, it’s probably time to get it checked out.

2. Damp proofing

Signs that you need to address your damp proofing, or are suffering from rising damp, such as discolouration and staining to plaster finishes, crumbling or white salt bands appearing on walls, rotting skirting boards and architraves, decayed timber floors, peeling paint and wallpaper, are all indicators that it’s time to address the issue

These defects are not always visible but when they are, a specialist inspection is always recommended to limit further damage.

3. Basement Waterproofing

A water-logged or damp basement renders a potentially useful space into something which can start to affect the upper floors of your home. Dampness can lead to rising damp, which can then lead onto further issue discussed in point two, above. However, for those fortunate enough to have a basement, basement waterproofing can make a redundant basement into extra usable space, and with the correct waterproofing system, basements can be converted into a whole host of different uses including; kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, studies or even home cinemas….you are limited only by your imagination.

4. Dry Rot and Wet Rot

Dry Rot or Wet Rot can best be described as fungal decay to building timbers and is by far the most common, and the most serious cause of damage to building timbers. Contrary to popular belief, Dry Rot and Wet Rot are not limited to old buildings, and can affect all timber both new and old. Dampness along with a lack of ventilation provides the perfect conditions for fungal attack on timber to take place. The fungus, once established will break down the cell structure of the affected timbers causing potentially widespread and extensive damage if left untreated. To remedy this decay, the infected timber may need to be removed and a fungicide used to prevent further decay.

5. Woodworm

Your woodwork may be harbouring woodworm without you knowing it. Wood can be infected with eggs or larvae without it being noticeable, and you may not discover a woodworm infestation for several years. It’s a common misconception that woodworm only affects old properties; in fact it can cause damage to newly constructed buildings. Here at TrustGuard, our experts will identify the species, determine whether the infestation is still active and establish if any timbers have been structurally weakened and need replacing.

6. Cavity wall tie replacement

Most homes built in the last hundred years are of cavity wall construction: the external walls are built of two leaves of brickwork held together with steel ties referred to as cavity wall ties, this makes for a warmer and drier home. However, prior to 1980 wall ties used in the construction of houses were of inferior quality being inadequately protected from corrosion, older types of metal tie may have no protective coating or they may have a bitumen or light zinc coating. Either way these ties are susceptible to corrosion in the presence of moisture and oxygen; it is when these cavity wall ties begin to fail that they can compromise the structural integrity of the building, and if left for a long period of time, can lead to very costly structural repairs.

Our fully trained and experienced local Surveyors have a range of solutions at their disposal to solve your cavity wall problem. With our technology and expertise, cavity wall tie replacement is simple, quick and effective. Our cavity wall ties provide a permanent and economical solution to wall tie failure.

The solution – a professional property survey from TrustGuard

At Trustguard, we offer our clients a full range of professional survey reports undertaken by fully experienced surveyors, from pre-purchase surveys for house buyers, basement waterproofing surveys through to flood, fire and water damage restoration surveys. Our reports include in depth assessments along with our recommendations and the cost calculations of any necessary repairs. Our reports include high-resolution pictures and detailed specifications along with category damage ratings to make the report clear and easy to understand.

All our surveys are carried out in accordance with The British Standards Code of Practice and are ;of a non – destructive type, meaning no damage to the building will occur. If however, during a visit our surveyor needs to make disruptive investigations to accurately diagnose any problems, we will, of course, ask your permission prior to proceeding.

We hope that you have a great 2013 and think of us if you need to take remedial action when preserving your home.