*The Critical Role of Proper Wall Preparation in House Refurbishments*

The Critical Role of Proper Wall Preparation in House Refurbishments

Monday 22nd April 2024

When it comes to renovating a house, ensuring the correct preparation of masonry walls before applying render, plaster, and decoration is crucial. A recent site survey conducted by Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors in a newly refurbished property in Highgate, London, shed light on the potential issues that can arise when worthy masonry walls are not properly dried out and contributing factors are not adequately addressed.

One of the primary concerns uncovered in the survey was the presence of damp-related issues stemming from the lack of proper drying out of the masonry walls. When walls are not adequately dried, moisture can become trapped within the structure, leading to a host of problems such as mould growth, decay of building materials, and compromised structural integrity.

Moreover, the survey highlighted the importance of addressing contributing factors that can exacerbate damp issues. Leaking gutters, soil pipes, and chimney stacks that have not been properly sealed and vented were identified as key culprits in the dampness observed in the property. In particular, missing internal chimney breast vents were identified as a significant oversight that could lead to serious damp problems if left unchecked.

Are there issues that further exacerbated the problem where high external ground levels breach and DPC courses and drains that were backing up.

By uncovering these issues during the site survey, Tayross Chartered Building Surveyors emphasised the critical importance of addressing underlying factors before proceeding with render, plaster, and decoration work. Failing to do so can result in costly remediation efforts down the line and ultimately compromise the quality and longevity of the refurbishment project.

In conclusion, the case of the Highgate property serves as a valuable lesson in the significance of proper wall preparation in house refurbishments. By taking the time to ensure that masonry walls are dried out and addressing contributing factors that can trap damp, homeowners and builders can avoid potential issues and create a more durable and resilient living space.


Here at Tayross Associates, Carl and Mike are both Chartered Surveyors with experience in Dilapidations, Planning Matters, Building Surveying, Building Consultancy, Contract Administration, Project Management, Boundary Disputes and Party Wall related matters. They are happy help with any questions you may have regarding the above.

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