Ventilation issues – mould growth in Barnsley

Ventilation Issue?

Do you have a lack of ventilation ? Heres what to look out for in your home:


  • Droplets of water running down the walls
  • Mould growing in corners of rooms or spotting on glass or around windows
  • windows do build up with condensation leaving the glass streaming with water
  • You may notice an unpleasant odour

Good ventilation is not only the best way of preventing condensation in your home, it will also dramatically improve indoor air quality.

The general point is if a home is well ventilated this can remove large particles and dust from the air effectively. This helps to reduce allergy symptoms, improving the air quality indoors and making your home much more comfortable for allergy suffers.

Please refer to our free advice guide for condensation which has information on ways to reduce condensation in your home and our Cannon PIV leaflet.

If your property suffers from poor ventilation then why not take advantage of professional free advice and call 0800 859 5181 for a survey today!


Recent building alteration works in Sheffield

Our client bought this former semi detached cottage many years ago with a plan to turn the cottage into one large property.

With this in mind  they wanted to change the appearance of the building so that the property looked like one main residence.

On sitting down and discussing their requirements and what they hoped to accomplish our team proposed and designed the new frontage to the property.

We removed the former seperate doorways and by utilising large glazed doors it allowed light to flood in. The difference in the rooms is remarkable creating light, bright living spaces whilst make the most of the fantastic view.

Our quality team of bricklayers salvaged the stone to seamlessly blending the stonework in giving the appearance that it has always been that way.

Leaving a happy customer with exactly what they wanted to acheive done to a very high standard.

If you are considering a building project and would like advice or a quotation please contact our office on 0800 859 5181.




DPC – Damp Proof Course – What is it?

What is a damp proof course (dpc)…

If you look at the bricks around a foot or two from the ground you will see a fine black line – that is the damp proof course (dpc). Sometimes you might not be able to see it but that doesn’t always mean it is missing.

Render issue found in Wakefield

renderOur latest survey find in Wakefield revealed this render problem.

Bridged dpc due to contact with the ground

‘Bridging’ or ‘bridged’ is a surveying term which means a DPC which has been bypassed by damp.

As you can see the external render is applied over a DPC and worse still is in contact with the ground. This is allowing damp to rise up the wall, even though a DPC is present. No bell cast bead has been fixed in place. If this had been installed then rendered it would have stopped the bridging keeping the damp away.

For further advice please contact our office to arrange a free survey on 0800 859 5181

Roof Maintenance Advice – Common Issues

The roof on your home is one of the most important components.  Important checks should be made regular to make sure they are water tight as roof structures tend to wear out faster.

  • Ensure there are no missing or broken slates/tiles
  • Take a look at your chimney as this is a common source for leaks
  • Check the flashing isn’t damaged or starting to peel away
  • Make sure any vents or structures in the roof are sealed around

Re-roofing is basically taking down the old roof and installing a new roof. This is generally done when the damage is too severe to be repaired and you are dealing with persistent leaks. This unfortunately can be the only way to deal with this situation effectively and it may work out less costly than constant repairs.


What is a Dry Ridge System? Rather than using mortar for a bond,  we offer the option of a  dry fix system that uses screws (often stainless steel) to attach clamps between the joints of each ridge tile, basically clamping them on. Beneath these screws are unions that catch any rainfall and disperse it sideways.

If you would like some advice why not give us a call on 0800 859 5181 and arrange  for one of our local surveyor’s to come and take a look. 

Lateral damp in Sheffield – Read more

Can you see the problem which is causing lateral damp to enter inside this terraced house?

Our surveyor could diagnose this in seconds

Yes… the drive way is reaching far up the end wall of the building causing damp within this home.

lateral damp

Lateral penetrating damp due to adverse ground levels

For further information on how to solve this issue please contact our office for a free damp survey on 0800 859 5181.

Condensation Problem in Sheffield

Our surveyor found this condensation issue today on a survey in Sheffield!

The fan definitely isn’t doing what it should.Condensation dampness

What to watch out for:

  • Water beads on your windows – you may notice them on the morning when you open your curtains
  • Musty smells
  • Mould patches especially in corners, behind furniture and around windows

Condensation can have many negative effects and especially on health. The mould which grows in damp conditions is most dangerous to vulnerable people. Vulnerable people are those who have a reduced capability to deal with infection, as they are most at risk from damp and condensation related illnesses. This includes young babies and children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions/illnesses, or those with low immunity

There are a number of illnesses that are associated with living in damp and humid living conditions. Some of the health conditions caused by damp and condensation include but are not limited to:

  • Colds and flu
  • Skin allergies including eczema, hives, urticaria and other skin allergies
  • Asthma (twice the risk compared to non-damp or humid living conditions)
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis

For more advice on how to reduce and control condensation please refer to our free advice guide on our website.


To request a damp survey to please contact our office on 0800 859 5181.

Rotten Joists – Floor Replacement in Sheffield

Damp and floor joists do not mix well. In actual fact damp and any kind of timber, be it roof trusses, floor joists, door frames, window frames and sills will begin to rot if left untreated.

There are three types of timber damage to watch out for and they are all caused by damp.Joists

Timber will start to decay at above 18% moisture content. Damp can come from the result of condensation/ventilation issues, leaking roofs, rising damp and other forms of exposure to moisture.

Timber in the home should be inspected regular to make sure it is not exposed to any of these problems.

I think this customer in Sheffield wishes he had checked his timbers sooner!

If you think your property is ready for a free damp survey inspection call today on 0800 859 5181.