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Clarke & Watt: Expert Damp and Timber Defect Diagnosis in Stratford-upon-Avon

Nestled in the heart of England, the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon is renowned for its charming period properties and rich architectural heritage. Preserving these architectural gems requires specialised knowledge and a keen eye for detail, particularly when it comes to issues like damp and timber defects. Clarke & Watt Building Consultancy recently completed a comprehensive damp and timber defect diagnosis on a period commercial property in this iconic town, showcasing their expertise and dedication to maintaining the structural integrity of historic buildings.

A Period Commercial Property

The commercial property in question, a beautiful example of period architecture, presented unique challenges typical of older buildings. Over time, exposure to the elements and natural aging processes can lead to a variety of issues, particularly with damp and timber. Addressing these issues promptly and effectively is crucial to preserving the property's aesthetic appeal and ensuring its long-term usability.

Clarke & Watt's Diagnostic Approach

Clarke & Watt approached the project with their trademark thoroughness and precision. Their diagnostic process included several key steps:

Initial Inspection and Assessment: The team began with a detailed visual inspection of the property, identifying visible signs of dampness and timber decay. This initial assessment provided a roadmap for more targeted investigations.

Moisture Mapping: Using advanced moisture mapping technology, Clarke & Watt pinpointed areas of high moisture content. This non-invasive method allows for accurate detection of damp without causing damage to the property.

Timber Inspection: Timber components, particularly those in structural roles, were closely examined for signs of rot, insect infestation, and other defects. Clarke & Watt's experts utilised specialised tools to assess the condition of beams, joists, and other wooden elements.

Diagnostic Testing: Where necessary, the team conducted further diagnostic tests, such as hygrometer readings and core sampling, to gather more precise data on the extent and nature of the damp and timber issues.

Comprehensive Reporting: Following the assessment, Clarke & Watt compiled their findings into a comprehensive report. This document detailed the condition of the property, identified specific issues, and provided recommendations for remediation.

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