3 bed semi-detached (1950).
All of the 'ground floor' flooring is solid concrete- no floor boards.
A channel to be cut (in the concrete) around the perimeter of 3 rooms on ground floor. Approx 8-10 inches wide from wall and 6 inches deep.
The work is required to house (route) all [new] plumbing pipe work and electrical (and other) cabling.
I have a problem with incoming telephone calls,the phone rings once then cuts off. I have called BT who said the line was working OK so it could be a extension problem.
Damp in front flank hall wall , previous drain problem but now unsure of cause, honest experienced advice and remedial work needed.
We are looking to buy a property and after recovong valution so dempness was indicated and we require a quottion for any treatment required.
Copied text from the valuation report:
The main walls are of solid brick construction with rendered elevations. Some
external timber claddings evident at first floor level, plus painted brickwork to the
bay window elevation. The damp proof course could not be identified, this is
concealed by external finishes.
There are a number of minor cracks in the external walls attributed to nominal
thermal moisture changes, installation work, shrinkage of mortar. These are not
structurally serious but filling of cracks and/or minor repairs to masonry to prevent
water penetration and frost deterioration is necessary. The property does require
The external brickwork appears satisfactory and pained. The air bricks appear
clear although the ground floor levels are considered too high to the front.
Dampness is present to some areas of the external walls. Dampness is likely to
areas concealed by dry lining and further specialist investigation is required. See
Section J1. Penetrating dampness is an inherent problem with solid external walls
and any timbers in contact with a damp affected area will be prone to decay. Walls
of such design often incorporate concealed timbers, for example as lintels above
openings, and are dependent upon effective maintenance of external finishes.
Where there are built-in fitments such as kitchen fittings, dampness can be difficult
to trace and costly and inconvenient to rectify.
External ground levels are set at an inadequate height in relation to internal floor
levels and the apparent height of the damp-proof course. However, the ground
floor levels to the front bay area are too high and should be reduced to a minimum
of 150mm below the damp proof course.
Internal walls are of solid construction. Wallpaper coverings are evident to the
majority of walls, although some areas were concealed by furniture and other
Some shrinkage and thermal cracks, irregularities and undulations are present in
the plasterwork although these are not considered to be serious in a property of
this type and age. Some making good is required prior to next redecoration.
There is evidence of slight movement to the first floor partitions, largely due to
deflection of the floor timbers upon which they are supported. This has resulted in
distortion of door openings and cracking at junctions. Such movement is
commonly found in properties of this type and age.
Systematic checks for damp have been made, wherever possible, using an
electronic moisture meter. Dampness is present to some areas of ground floor
main walls, plus garden room. Dampness is likely to areas concealed by dry
lining/wallpaper coverings and further specialist investigation is required. Where
there are built-in fitments, dampness can be difficult to trace, but costly and
inconvenient to rectify. See Section J1.
Some areas of loose plaster were noted behind wallpaper coverings, you should
anticipate some repairs upon next redecoration.
garage door not working as the string holding the door came off from the track
removing artex in lounge area. Artex may contain low level asbestos as it is pre 1980s.
I'm not sure
Use existing block paving, but install hardcore under blocks to prevent further sinking.