|Diagnosing Damp Book
|Building Pathology DVD Set
"... a very good book, worth the price and one that all those involved in
the investigation and diagnosis of damp should read."
"An essential reference for all those who wish to
understand the often-complex causes and effects of dampness."
"Diagnosing Damp provides an essential reference for all who wish to understand the often complex causes and effects of dampness. A clear and practical section on the science of dampness and sources of moisture sets the scene and helps debunk much of the misinformation that one sees in survey reports.
Any volume on building defects and diagnostic practices runs the risk of losing
its readers in a mire of technical complexity and jargon. Here, this is not the
case, and the authors should be congratulated for producing a comprehensive
guide to an often-complicated subject. Diagnosing Damp, through its clear
written style, easy-to-follow format, and level of illustration stands head and
shoulders above its competitors."
A very easy-to-read and comprehensive book that deals with the problems of dampness in a thorough manner. Good format and layout split into three main sections that are logically set out to help the practitioner in the correct diagnosis of the causes of dampness in buildings.
Part 1 looks at the science, sources of moisture and the management/cure of dampness; it does this in clear well written text with the help of useful tables, good quality sketches and excellent colour photographs.
Part 2 covers survey advice and again is written in the same clear text with good quality sketches, tables and again both black-and-white and colour photographs. It considers the general principles of dampness investigations and in actual building elements, as well as a comprehensive look at the currently available equipment and tests.
Part 3 puts the guidance into practice; it details a logical four-stage approach to dampness investigations and presents 11 detailed case studies to illustrate damp problems, their investigation and diagnosis.
There are also some detailed appendices, one of which lists and discusses the
legal implications and relevant legislation. In summary a very good book, worth
the price and one that all those involved in the investigation and diagnosis of
damp should read and certainly have a copy in their office.
The arrangement of the book is both logical and very detailed without being too complicated for any surveyor to understand.
The real attraction of this book, for me, is the inclusion of the case studies, which not only clearly identify the common damp problems often encountered, but also some of the common misidentification problems that happen when trying to diagnose damp problems.
The real world nature of these case studies gives me great confidence
in the whole text book and I would recommend it to any surveyor who should know about
damp problems, or needs reminding of the nature, extent and complications that
can occur when carrying out an accurate damp diagnosis.
"Without the empirical findings of Michael Parrett gained over many years we would not have had the confidence to make the
programme as hard hitting as it was. This is the best programme I have ever made!"
"Wonderful and extremely well produced... I was shocked to learn that architects can specify some of the case studies shown
in the series."
"A very, very professional approach to helping future surveyors."
"The depth of the knowledge it took to create the Building Pathology series is apparent as soon as the first disk is opened.
Whether the inspector is a novice or a seasoned veteran, there is a wealth of information right from the start… Many of us
view our experiences as unique. What Building Pathology teaches us however, is that moisture problems occur the world over."