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Asbestos Boarding

  Asbestos Boarding Asbestos boarding is one of the harder materials to ascertain visually what type of asbestos may be present. Cement boards, (normally white) are often harder and more brittle. This type of intrusive testing must ONLY be carried out by a competent person as this can be very dangerous. Asbestos boards tend to […]

Asbestos Pipework

Asbestos Pipework Asbestos was often used to strengthen cement based pipework. This pipework performs fairly well as long as it has been regularly decorated throughout its life span. However, where paint has failed the cement based pipework will be exposed and can spall or become porous. Gutters and downpipes were very often constructed from asbestos […]

Thermoplastic floor tiles

Thermoplastic floor tiles Thermoplastic floor tiles are still very commonly found in 1930’s and later properties. These are often in multi-coloured combinations. They may be red, green, blue, yellow or black; one manufacturer Marley in the 1940’s and 1950’s offered over 20 different colours. These used to be advertised  with the wonderful slogan  “ Marleytile™ […]

Garage Roof

Corrugated Cement Sheets The word ‘Asbestos’ strikes terror to many clients’ hearts – and the separate garage roof is often a principal culprit. Roofs covered with corrugated cement sheets are very likely to contain white asbestos. The corrugations may be “Big 6” or “Little 3”, which refers to the size of the gap between the […]

Artex Ceilings

  Artex Ceilings When we are carrying out surveys, one of the most common things we note as a ‘potentially asbestos containing material’  is Artex™. The brand name Artex comes from combining the words artistic and textured. This  textured coating  was applied to many a ceiling or wall in both residential and commercial properties the […]

The A Word

The A word What is Asbestos? When you are in the process of buying a house, the A word is one of the scariest you can hear. This is due to the culture of fear that surrounds the subject. There are still a large number of deaths that occur as a result of historic exposure […]

Under The Floor

What is lurking under those floorboards ? Ask a robot – All sorts of nasty surprises may lurk beneath the floor boarding! Wood boring insects, dry rot, wet rot and vermin infestations for example. The spaces underneath the ground floor of properties are  rarely accessible. However, some houses we visit will have loose floorboards which […]

Pitched Roof Structures

  Pitched Roof Structures You’ve clambered up into the roof void, the attic. What’s the function of those wooden planks and what problems are associated too? Unless it’s a flat roof, the upper most board that normally runs across the top is the ‘ridge board’. This is the apex or peak of the hipped roof. […]

OH, GOOD, IT ALREADY HAS A NEW ROOF…

So you have diligently used our blog entries to guide you in viewing a property. You can see concrete tiles and the estate agent has said‘ Don’t worry,  it has a new roof!’ Why should you be concerned?!  Half of the ‘new roofs’ we inspect at in the Bristol area should have Building Regulations approvals […]

Pole Camera or Drone?

IS IT A SELFIE STICK? Members of the public and vendors often see us with cameras on tall poles at the front of houses.  It’s strange to see a fully grown man with a giant “Selfie Stick” as lots of people call them!They are intrigued by what we are doing and ask questions. We have […]