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Some of the typical problems revealed by a professional survey
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5 Poorly installed roof windows will result in rain penetration and extra expense.
1 A close inspection of the roof structure in this house reveals significant decay and future costs.
2 Inspecting and maintaining external roof flashings will prevent more expensive repairs.
3 Leaking chimney flashings can lead to extensive internal damage to timbers and finishes.
4 Penetrating damp in period timber frame houses can have a serious impact on the building structure. Careful examination is essential.
6 Rising dampness can not always be seen with the eye. An electronic damp meter inspection will reveal potential future expense.
7 Timber windows are expensive to replace once they have rotted. Proper maintenance is important.
1 A close inspection of this roof valley reveals some worrying defects. Blocked valleys will result in penetrating dampness eventually.
2 Defective roof gutters and timbers are difficult to access and expensive to repair.
3 Flat roofs have a limited life and are expensive to replace.
4 Once a felt roof is covered in moss, its life will be limited and future replacement inevitable.
5 The deterioration of this tiled roof has resulted in significant moss growth. Future repairs or replacement will be likely.
6 This loft conversion is worrying. The upright purlin timber supports appear to be loading onto inadequate ceiling and floor timbers.
7 This second storey flat roof has no protective chippings and will be expensive to access and maintain.
1 A large tree close to this house may have caused this structural movement. A more detailed investigation is needed.
2 Cracked Victorian brickwork will require repair to prevent further deterioration of the structure.
3 Is there a proper lintel above this replacement plastic window?
4 Most cracks are not significant and require just minor repair, but it is important to have them inspected.
5 Poorly maintained brickwork will eventually require significant repair or rebuilding.
6 The damaged rendering to this Victorian house has increased the risk of future dampness and timber decay internally.
7 This bay window is suffering from movement possibly caused by a nearby tree. Further investigation is needed.
1 A close inspection in this airing cupboard has revealed a worrying leak from the hot water tank which has resulted in rot to the floor.
2 A close inspection the of the electrics sometimes reveals worrying defects.
3 A leaking bathroom fitting has caused significant damage to this ceiling from the floor above.
4 A simple visual examination of the electrics can reveal parts that are old and require upgrading like this fuse box.
5 Asbestos water tanks are expensive to replace. It is important that an inspection of the roof space is carried out to determine the material of the tank.
6 Blocked drains can indicate more worrying problems. Often further investigation is needed.
7 Twin flex wiring with no apparent earth cable means this installation would fail to meet current standards.