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SOME OBSERVATIONS OF THE SPAB RESEARCH REPORT 2. THE SPAB BUILDING       PERFORMANCE SURVEY 2016 INTERIM REPORT: 2017 Introduction: The report ‘The SPAB Building Performance Survey 2016 Interim Report: 2017’ was first made […]


INTRODUCTION: The published Research Report [‘Report’] is based initially on data obtained in the laboratory concerning air movement in cavities. Whilst it is appreciated that the report may be interim, there appears to be an […]

An interesting damp survey that involved magnesite flooring

I recently had an enquiry regarding a small puddle on a hallway floor, which was presumed to be a penetrating damp issue. On quizzing my client it was also noted that this was mainly observed […]


Complete Preservation offer design, install, commissioning, and servicing of MVHR units across the South West. We offer solutions to Housing Associations and Councils, as well as home owners. We also carry out surveys looking for defects […]

Do I need a damp proof course, or is it a condensation issue?

I was recently asked to survey a property that had dampness issues internally. I was informed that a ‘damp specialist’ had already visited the property, and had diagnosed rising damp issues and recommended a chemical […]

Rising damp and dry rot survey, of West Ashton Church in Wiltshire

Complete Preservation received an instruction from a previous client who is a member of St John’s Church West Ashton Wiltshire, to find out why the walls are suffering from damp issues and the timber floor […]

Wet retrofit cavity wall insulation, penetrating damp – who’s to blame?

Complete Preservation were asked to inspect a property in Bristol that had dampness issues. There was visible staining on the ground floor, and first floor of the flank wall, and also around the window reveals on […]

Soaking wet cavity wall insulation in Wiltshire

This is literally the worst case of wet insulation I have ever come across. Also highlights don’t presume you know what the problem is, it’s not always that simple! A property owners recently had cavity […]

Damp chimney, penetrating damp, salts?

Where we survey and repair many chimneys we come across lots of different situations and hear so many different stories of mis-diagnosed repairs. This one just shows how confusing it can be for the layman……….Old […]

A review and opinion of performance data relating to an environmentally controlled damp-proofing system

A review and opinion of performance data relating to an environmentally controlled damp-proofing system 1. INTRODUCTION: In recent years there has been some significant advertising in the national press about a Patented, damp proofing system […]