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The Defects Log

Guy’s regular update on what to look out for when buying a house

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Lazy Leadwork

The vendor of this property had recently paid a contractor to clear her gutters and gulleys. They seem to have overlooked this one! Rainwater from the rear roof slope of the main building discharges into this box gutter via the downpipe at the top of the photo. Not only had this box gutter been poorly […]Read More »

A Good Dressing Down

We felt these lead flashing were generally well dressed down onto the tiling, however, a closer inspection with binoculars showed that they were poorly finished at the eaves. Sadly rainwater doesn’t just fall vertically and driving rain will quickly lead to ingress through gaps like this. Following our trail of suspicion, we tested the wall […]Read More »

Crazy Paving

Tiling on suspended timber floors rarely works and this is the result if it’s laid badly. The owner of this property was a builder so he should have known better. Ceramic tiles are brittle and as the timber floor below flexes under load, they are bound to crack. If you have your heart set on […]Read More »

A Poor Finish

The contractors who built this extension clearly hoped no one would peek through the loft hatch. Not only is there loose and poorly finished wiring all over the place but where is the insulation? They threw a bit in one corner and then left. And where are the hoods for the spotlights? The owners of […]Read More »

Moving Away from your Neighbour

This vertical crack to the shared gable end of two houses set alarm bells ringing. We climbed into the roof space and found that the crack extended through the wall to the full height. We then looked at similar properties along the street to see if there was an underlying defect. There was no evidence […]Read More »

Leaking Shower Tray

While surveying this overcrowded HMO in south London, we were alarmed to find this saturated wall around an electrical socket . The shower tray in the adjoining room was flexing, creating a gap between the tray and the tiling. Water had leaked into the wall creating the very real danger of electrocution. A simple repair […]Read More »

Slipping Soldiers

This stepped crack above a window reveal is an all too common defect in Victorian properties. If left, there is a very real danger that the brick soldier course above the window will slip. If caught early this is a simple repair. We recommended that the crack is cut out and made good and monitored […]Read More »