If you are planning to buy and renovate an old property, you may not have considered using the services offered by a structural engineer. While structural engineers are always involved in the construction of new buildings, they are sometimes overlooked when it comes to buying and renovating older properties. Below is a guide to the benefits of employing a structural engineer.
Before you put in an offer for an old property which is in need of repair, you should contact a structural engineer who will be able to assess the building.
With all the splish-splash that takes place in the bathroom, the grout used to fill the gaps between wall and floor tiles is normally waterproofed. Various sealants including silicone sealant and grout protector can be used to prevent water from leaking into the tiling through the grout. These sealants are usually applied when bathroom tiling is being installed. Over time, however, the grout tends to lose its ability to prevent water leakage due to normal deterioration of the sealant.
Although the onset of rising damp naturally happens over time, it is not something that you would want in your home. Rising damp that is let to develop unencumbered can wreak havoc on masonry supplies such as brick, concrete and more. The main reason that rising damp comes about is due to groundwater steadily being absorbed by the building supplies. The rate at which you will require rising damp repairs will vary depending on how porous these materials are.