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Specific Defects

At Home Heroes we offer several specific defect reports, a specific defect report is where you ask us to look at a particular issue within your property it is usually building pathology related but in some cases could be contract specific i.e a snagging list for a new build property

Damp Surveys:

The most common specific defect survey we get involved in is damp usually in period properties in which in kent there is a lot by this we mean those that where constructed before 1919, our involvement is usually following a survey from another contractor or worse when you’ve had a member of the PCA around to convince you to install a new chemical damp proof course and cement based products on your walls.

We can carry out an extensive survey of your property to investigate your issue and in addition, we are able to use state of the art technology such as Thermal Imaging Camera and industry approved procedures like Calcium-Carbide Testing (Speedy) to make sure there is a real damp issue we do not rely on a pin probed resistance meter for specialist damp surveys although we have one and use them as required during home buyer surveys.

In addition to the technology, we also have access to the industry key standards including

  • BS5250 – code for the control of condensation,
  • BS6576 – code for the installation of damp proofing
  • BS 7913 – Conservation of historic buildings.
  • BRE Digest 245 – Rising damp in walls – diagnosis and treatment

Our work is in line with these guidance documents, our director has also completed the excellent CIOB Understanding Building Conservation course which is all on applying ICOMOS and BS 7913 Standards.

Building Pathology and Defect Analysis

Using the latest equipment to aid in the investigation of any building defect, our building surveyors can provide detailed reporting and advice. Once identified, we will specify and can even monitor the appropriate remedial works.

Defects can occur in all buildings, but one common factor is the need to act fast. In most cases, this will prevent the need for further, more extensive and costly remedial works.

Snagging Lists

A Snagging List is a detailed report of items not finished to an acceptable standard in a total or partial new build as well as recently refurbished older properties

We would all like to believe that a new build is perfect, or that a builder will be attentive to problems you find after you have moved in, but the best way of being sure is raising the points requiring attention BEFORE you complete and hand over all your money.

There are numerous cases available of this nor being the case all over the internet but here is a few

https://www.snagging.org/bbc-watchdog-persimmon-homes-again/

https://www.moneywise.co.uk/scams-rip-offs/fight-your-rights/our-dream-new-home-has-been-ruined

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-44879858

A Snagging List will give you the authority to require the proper finish whilst you still have leverage over the builder and before you are living in the property, so any damage can not be blamed on you.

Snagging lists provide a professional’s visual opinion on what is correct or unacceptable practice.

If you are buying a new home, it is a good idea to arrange a Snagging List with us at least a two weeks before completion.

We cover Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Ash, Sandwich, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Other Kent Locations for all Our Party Wall, Building Surveys, Home Buyer Reports.

Do you have damp Issues or need another type of specific defect report?

We can help call us today on 01227 806334 to discuss your needs or complete the contact us form

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