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External Areas

What to look for:

  • Damp walls
  • Ponding
  • High ground levels around walls
  • Blocked drains and drainage
  • Clogged or debris to French Drains 

The principles of good maintenance apply to the external areas as well as to the house itself.  Make sure that the ground level outside the building is lower than that inside (and always below any damp-proof course) and ideally slopes away from the property.  Remove anything blocking low-level ventilators in walls (these keep the floor void aerated and prevent dry rot). Large paved areas should be drained to a soak-away well clear of the building.  Hard surfaces immediately around the walls can cause splash-back and if possible a channel should be introduced with pea-shingle to prevent this.  An expert may advise on the inclusion of a French drain to protect against unnecessary dampness.  The same care should be taken with the environs of garden walls and painted timber surfaces.

Some garden walls either within the grounds or around your property may also be listed, either in their own right or part of the curtilage listings. Garden walls should be inspected in the same way as your home walls. Fixings such as gates should be inspected and decorated on a regular basis.