Advanced Scaffolding Hire Essex For Detection Of Building Defects and Damage Caused By Winter Weather

Waterproofing plays a critical role in protecting all aspects of the structure from bad weather, in which it's effects can severely damage the roof, foundation, and interior of a building. It is imperative to understand the degree of importance to this particular construction project, how to carry out adequate inspections and remediation work as getting it wrong can cause serious havoc to your business or residents, and leave you with a hefty bill to pay afterward.

Spring is the regular period in which facility and construction project managers undertake building inspection and maintenance to fix issues caused by severe winter weather. In this article, we shall be outlining two elements of a building which require detailed examination following the winter months - Building Facades and Roofing. By acting in advance, you avoid the roll of the dice and the issue generating expensive structural work.

Utilising a scaffolding structure as part of any building work significantly improves your efficiency to complete the project within a timeframe and ensure site safety for construction workers and the general public.

By contacting FX Scaffolding today, you will set your future building repair works efficiently and safely. Careful planning, expert selection of scaffolding equipment and access points, weather-proof mounting and regular inspection are critical elements of our work and lay the foundation for safety on the construction site.

Contact FX Scaffolding to arrange your scaffolding hire Essex for Spring 2018 today!

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Building Facades

It is not uncommon for water to flow through the building's materials as this is a feature of the hydrostatic capillary action of the surface tension of wind/air and natural gravity. However, excessive flow following winter storms may cause a severe violation of the envelope of the structure.

External ventilation channels and interior/exterior wall connections are often in close relation to the components of lighting, heating and cooling systems, fire alarms, air intakes, windows and doors, fire alarms - which all to some extent require holes to be drilled into the walls to secure fittings. Due to the presence of holes in walls for these purposes, close inspection and maintenance may be required; especially in regards to the loss of sealant and build up of acid rain over many months. Penetration of the walls by water can lead to the ingress of water, insects, rodents, and algae into the building.

Some wall cracks require more extensive repair work, requiring consolidation via mechanical tools to get to the root of the problem. Damage often develops at the junction of two walls, or a wall and a floor due to the movement of the soil, insufficient chaining, and water damage; the causes are multiple and more or less identifiable. The repair of these breaks is not insignificant and requires more substantial work than for a small crack.

The First Line Of Defense

The first line of protection of the structure is a modern waterproofing system, including sealing for windows and other openings. The amount of sealing required for new or existing structures depends on possible exposure problems and expansion/contraction that may be indicated by structural inspection. For decades, we have seen improved materials and technologies for exterior walls; which in effect have significantly enhanced how modern buildings protect internal elements, such as insulation and interior connecting walls and of course the inhabitants.

Conducting building inspection can be significantly improved by utilising a scaffolding system. Inspection teams and technicians can get close to the sites of the defect, then perform maintenance tasks under complete confidence of safety - due to the scaffolding structure's robust and alterable platforms. Steel scaffolding is very useful as it can be erected quickly, constructed into complex structures and reused in multiple operations. The primary benefit of this system from a health and safety perspective is the flexibility to design a structure that fits perfectly into the building's shape and features.

FX Scaffolding is dedicated to commercial and residential scaffolding and uses both lightweight and robust equipment to optimise working conditions of construction operatives while guaranteeing the health and safety of the teams on the ground.

In Essex and the surrounding areas, FX Scaffolding stands out in the scaffolding industry. Our organisation has gained a unique place thanks to our team of experts who provide complete solutions for work at height. For more information, and to talk to us about Scaffolding Prices in Essex contact us today.

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Roof Covering

Excessive accumulation of water, build up of snow, decaying leaves, pine needles and polluting runoff can contribute to significant damage to a roof's surface and potentially leak into the buildings. The typical reason for accumulation being an impediment of pre-designed streams and guttering upon the roof, allowing the risk-areas to be placed under increased water inflow, internal freezes, and thaw.

For waterproof roofing, it is crucial to determine the best option for your own home or property; which can be applied to internal/external walls and foundations via the following:

  • Application of an elastic film liquid, containing latex coating, to form a smooth and robust film that can withstand high water levels.
  • Horizontal waterproofing of the split-roof structure and membrane modules with an insulated roof; hot rubber asphalt; (EPDM), polyvinylchloride (PVC), chlorinated or chlorosulfonated polyethylene [CPE or CSPE, butyl rubber, and neoprene], such as a monolayer system.
  • Bentonite clay and board systems expand at saturation to prevent moisture from entering the building.

For internal systems, metal capillaries/crystals and cement materials can be used for waterproofing. Such materials can be applied to the opposite side of a concrete or brick substrate by spraying or dry spreading. In the case of tanks, cisterns and other water-retaining compositions, these elements are applied from the outside.

Gutter Maintenance - Prevent Flooding, Deterioration of the Roof and Erosion of the Property

The maintenance of gutters is an essential task too often neglected. Gutter cleaning is necessary to prevent flooding, deterioration of the roof and erosion of the property. Proper maintenance of your gutters will also maximise their life. Evidence of dampness on walls and discolouration on fascias may highlight problems such as damaged/blocked gutters or downspouts. Professional drainage cleaning consists of using telescopic cameras to identify obstructions then syphoning the debris out by a powerful industrial vacuum; thus, ensuring the good flow of the outlets of water.


Conclusion ~ Arrange Your Scaffolding Hire Essex for Spring 2018

Consultants, engineers, and contractors should choose the most appropriate strategy for defect detection, repair, and waterproofing. Ongoing treatment is critical for all building surfaces to remain protected and long-lasting.

Each motion should have a purpose and accomplish a definite result. The work must be arranged in such a way that the builder is continually supplied with the required tools and materials when the surface is stripped back to the damage, a point in which the building is extremely vulnerable to external factors. Therefore, scaffolding must be planned in advance before the work begins, so that engineers can inspect the damage up-close at often inaccessible areas and cause the least interference when technical repair work begins.

All of the building repair projects outlined in this article not only require workers to have the right tools at hand and skilled abilities in mind but also call for teamwork and advanced preparation. Masonry work depends on excellent workmanship and efficiency.

Contact FX Scaffolding today to arrange your scaffolding hire Essex well in advance!