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Now we have carried out all of the basic damp treatment, we have a clean sheet internally to work with and we can progress with the internal 1t fixes. You can see that we are now installing a complete new central heating system, using a special calculator we measure each room, consider its heat losses through windows, walls and ceilings and a heat loss calculation is carried out to determine the size of radiator required to heat each room. Consideration is also given to the electrical layout, ie. TV positions, sockets and lighting requirements, at this point we also fit mains operated smoke and heat detectors to provide an early warning system in the event of a fire. The detectors are fitted with a battery backup should the fire cut the electricity supply to the detector.
Whilst carrying out the internal first fixes we also proceed with the window replacements, again consideration has to be given to means of escape in the case of a fire, and all first floor habitable room windows are fitted with fire escape windows with special hinges to allow the egress of a person in the event of a fire, the windows are also fitted with background trickle ventilation to help with the circulation of fresh air in the property ( thus assisting with the avoidance of damp and condensation ) Our Windows are BFRC “A” Energy rated.
Once the windows are fitted ( preferably not in this order, but restrictions on gaining a scaffold permit gave us a slight delay ) we commenced with a full overhaul of the roof. Not a simple task on this one!, the roof was fitted with slates dating back to probably when the property was built, These slates are random widths and thicknesses due to them being a natural material, Each row of slates was taken off individually and numbered according to their location to enable their repositioning back on the roof. the roof was fitted with a fully breathable roofing membrane -again to assist with ventilation of the roof void and future damp / rot worries, The roof space will then be insulated with 300mm of Rockwool ( or similar ) Loft space insulation. This roof didn’t have any flashings around the chimneys ( well not if you don’t count a few biscuit tins and pieces of lino! ) it had the old cement haunchings in place – Whilst overhauling the roof we will replace all cement haunchings with lead soakers and stepped flashings around the chimneys and into the valley at the rear as this is one of the most common causes of damp at first floor level. Whilst we are here, we will also take the opportunity to replace th sold timber gutters at the rear, and clean out all moss and debris elsewhere.

Next — Plastering!