Training Courses for Surveyors
Dampness and Timber Infestation Courses
All courses are now run by the Property Care Association in Huntingdon.
They form the basis of the CSRT qualification which is nationally recognised: there are 3 modules to the qualification:
Health, Safety and Law
For futher information contact:
The Property Care Association at www.property-care.org
The 2 modules that are given by Graham Coleman and their contents are listed below
Dampness in Buildings
Moisture in Masonry:
Hygroscopic and Capillary moisture
Distribution between different materials
Electrical moisture meters -- use and interpretation of results
Carbide ('speedy') meters
Efflorescent, hygroscopic and Deliquescent
Importance and origin of sulphates, chlorides and nitrates and other salts.
Moisture in Wood:
How water rises
factors affecting rise
Identification of rising dampness
Assessing efficacy of dpc's; methods
Chemicals dpc's -- types and application -- performance --
limitations and problems.
Function and performance
Sands and additives.
Relative humidity and dew point
Identifying and determining condensation
Structure -- macro and microscopic Durability and natural resistance Preservation
Wood as a food source
White and brown rots
-- properties and identification
-- damage Requirements for decay.
Dry rot (Serpula lacrymans): Recognition
Other fungi in buildings
Wood boring insects:
Life cycle and morphology
Action and performance of remedial chemicals
* = Samples of decay, insects and insect damage for study