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Below are a collection of articles that will hopefully be informative
and useful to anyone dealing with a damp or decay problem in a property.

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Article 1 - Condensation in our homes – the basics PDF Print E-mail

A very informative article written by Graham Coleman who is recognised as one of the country’s leading independent experts specialising in laboratory and consultancy services for the examination of dampness, timber infestation and timber decay in the built environment. Graham has been in private practice as an independent consultant since 1982 and we are grateful for his permission to reproduce this article.

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Article 2 - Condensation or Rising Damp? - Get the diagnosis right! PDF Print E-mail

Differentiating between rising damp and condensation is essential to avoid wasting money.

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Article 3 - Correct diagnosis – an every day dilemma PDF Print E-mail

A brief article highlighting the importance of the correct diagnosis of a problem.

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Article 4a - How do you find a contractor? PDF Print E-mail

This article is the first in a series of four useful articles (4a – 4d) to help you through the process of finding a contractor, assessing reports and estimates, selecting a contractor and booking the job.
This article (4a) explores the pros and cons of the various ways by which you may be introduced to or locate a specialist contractor who you instruct to conduct a survey and submit a report and estimate for timber and/or damp treatment that they deem to be necessary in a property. It is very enlightening.

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Article 4b - Assessing contractors survey reports PDF Print E-mail

Do you know what to expect when you receive a report and estimate from a specialist building preservation contractor? This article outlines what you should see in a report and will be of great assistance in your decision process.

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Article 4c - Selecting which contractor to use PDF Print E-mail

You have received reports and estimates from the companies you contacted and now you have to decide which one you would like to carry out work for you. This article helps you through the process of selection.

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Article 4d - Booking the job, work in progress and additional work PDF Print E-mail

This article takes you through the process of booking a start date with a contractor, what should happen as work progresses and how to deal with additional work should the situation arise.

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Article 5 - Conflicting reports – What do you do? Who do you believe? PDF Print E-mail
The receipt of conflicting reports from different companies about the same property is likely to leave you confused. This article explores what you might do in these circumstances.
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Article 6 - Rising Damp - The Truth not the 'Myth' PDF Print E-mail

An informed article written by Graham Coleman which explains the truth about rising damp and dispells the ilinformed theory that rising damp does not exist which is peddled by those whose only agenda is self publicity.

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Article 7 - Should I have an independent survey or a contractor survey? PDF Print E-mail

This article discusses the merits of a timber and/or rising damp survey carried out by an specialist independent surveyor compared with one carried out by a commercially trading contractor.

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Article 8 - Confused! - This was a genuine enquiry! PDF Print E-mail
This was an email I received from a prospective client which highlights what you could be faced with when trying to obtain estimates for what you believe should be the same work.
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Article 9 - A review and opinion of performance data relating to an environmentally controlled damp-proofing system

This article is a well informed opinion of performance data produced by a well respected Dutch Laboratory (TNO) in respect of an environmentally controlled damp-proofing system

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Article 10 - The electrical moisture meter and salts. PDF Print E-mail

Another interesting article written by Graham Coleman that explains what most experienced surveyors should already know . There are others however with a self publicity agenda who pontificate about what might influence a hand held surface moisture meter as if they are the only ones that know! Never mind the politics - an informative article.

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Article 11 - What does ‘Approved Contractor’ mean? PDF Print E-mail

An explanation of the title ‘Approved Contractor’ that is often seen in contractor’s advertisements and on their headed paper – What does it really mean?

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Article 12 - What factors might influence the diagnosis of rising damp, woodworm, dry rot or wet rot? PDF Print E-mail
This article looks at commercial pressures that might influence the diagnosis and repairs necessary when dealing with rising damp, woodworm, dry rot and wet rot.
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Article 13 - Is timber treatment always necessary? PDF Print E-mail
You can see woodworm holes but do you need to apply treatment? This article contains useful information to help you decide if treatment is really necessary.
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Article 14 - What price a correct diagnosis of a damp chimney breast? PDF Print E-mail

This article tells the true story how a property owner ended up spending £14,000 unnecessarily due to the incorrect diagnosis of a damp problem on a chimney breast.

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Article 15 - The difference between a ‘free’ survey and one that is paid for. PDF Print E-mail
A brief explanation of the difference between a ‘free’ survey and one that is paid for.
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Article 16 - The case for using a specialist independent consultant – ‘As seen on TV’ PDF Print E-mail
We see it on consumer programs especially those seeking to highlight ‘dodgy builders’. So why do we not use independent consultants on a more regular basis?
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Article 17 - The differing strengths of timber treatment fluids PDF Print E-mail

Not all timber treatment fluids have the same working strength - some have 100% less active ingredient than others. This article contains a table to help you work out the differing strengths.

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Article 18 - Secretive woodworm and deceptive damp PDF Print E-mail
An article discussing the problems associated with getting estimates for repairs.
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Article 19 - Don’t blame me – it’s the product! PDF Print E-mail
Over the years it has not been unusual for a contractor to blame the product they used when a problem returns. With the advent of cream type damp proof course materials to control rising damp, operative error is less likely and the ability to prove product failure more achievable. Manufacturers beware!
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Article 20 - Building preservation industry qualifications explained PDF Print E-mail

Did you know that there are exam based qualifications for the building preservation Industry? Do you know what these qualifications are and what the initials stand for? Each of the qualifications is explained in this article.

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Article 21- Pre-purchase survey PDF Print E-mail

This article discusses who you should instruct to conduct a pre-purchase survey if this requirement is imposed upon you by your bank or building society. You should also read Articles 4a to 4d inclusive so that you are fully informed of the entire process associated with the building preservation industry

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