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House surveyors have traditionally used conductance moisture meters to find those parts of a building subject to undue dampness. Moisture meters have their place, their strengths and weaknesses, and are today more sophisticated — able to not only detect moisture by their pin probes, but in the same instrument able to offer as well a ‘capacitance reading’. The following case shows how useful this facility could be in a survey. In addition to moisture meters, a range of diverse instruments can be used by the surveyor — and a listening device features in the diagnosis that follows, a relatively inexpensive item of equipment well worth adding to your site armoury. There need to be many more examples of damp defects in surveying textbooks — and with photographs of the symptoms such as those found at Sutton.

Keywords: damp, capacitance meter, borescope, thermo-hygrometer, listening device, stethoscope, brickwork stains — white

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dampness Investigation Services 32 Acland Crescent London SE5 8EQ, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2006


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