Handbook for surveyors on all aspects of dampness investigation, colour illustrated. Published 2003. Ralph Burkinshaw & Mike Parrett.
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Ralph F Burkinshaw, RICS Books, 2009
Substantial textbook with range of dampness remedies explained and illustrated by case studies.
This textbook covers a wide range of damp
problems together with remedy illustrations
- Basement waterproofing
- Drying after flood
- Wallbase damp
- Woodworm and dry rot
- Plumbing problems
- Bathroom and shower design solutions
And How to Monitor Dampness.....................
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Book Reviews :
1) Diagnosing Damp
Reviewer: Dr David Watt, Senior Research Fellow, De Montfort
University, Aug 3rd 2004
Diagnosing Damp provides an essential reference for all who
wish to understand the often complex causes and effects of
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 loosing 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.
Reviewer: A C Auchterlounie FBEng FCIOB MRICS, Senior
Lecturer, Bolton Institute, Mar 8th 2004
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
Reviewer: Martin S Beck BSc MRICS, Principal
Lecturer/Regional Training Advisor, RICS West Midlands, Dec
The arrangement of the book is both logical and very
detailed without being too complicated for any surveyor to
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 mis-identification 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 rcommend 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.
Reviewer: Dr Barry White, Recovery Magazine, Oct 23rd 2003
Written with authority by authors who know what they are
writing about, people with extensive experience of
real-life, practical dampness diagnosis
Journal of Architectural Conservation, July 2004
By Dr David Watt :
(extract) ‘Through its clear written style , easy-to-follow
format, and level of illustration – stands head and
shoulders above its competitors. It is a sensibly priced
book that will provide students and practitioners alike with
a sound and lasting point of reference on which to base
their own dampness investigations.’
National Flood School :
‘A complete reference source to aid diagnosis. Appropriate
for any level of survey it contains colour photographs,
checklists and case studies’.
RICS Business (Sep 2003) :
‘Verdict : A must-have reference for all property
professionals involved in damp investigation’
2) Remedying Damp
a) BDMA : Recovery Journal
Ralph Burkinshaw’s recently published book is reviewed by Steven Richford
WITH KNOWLEDGE and expertise,passion and curiosity, Ralph
Burkinshaw has created another valuable addition to the
and reference material available to our industry.
Published in January, ‘Remedying Damp’ has over 250 pages of
information and data, including a wealth of illustrations,
and references, which will further advance the technician’s
knowledge. Burkinshaw has been interested in diagnosing
dampness in buildings
for many years and, in 2003, coauthored ‘Diagnosing Damp’, a
book which focused on the correct identification of inherent
‘Diagnosing Damp’ was of particular interest to damage
management technicians, for whom the ability to identify and
related dampness is an essential part of their expertise. In
his latest book the author has combined his knowledge of
science with his understanding of psychrometry and it links
perfectly to the work we carry out.
As techniques advance, there will always be debate and
disagreement in any field. There will be those who might
wish to debate some of
the content, and that’s to be expected. However, taken as a
whole, I think most will appreciate the way it demonstrates
damage management practitioners can add in damage
mitigation. Among other things, the book explores a variety
of targeted drying
systems, including the type of drying that reduces building
demolition and overall claims cost. The processes being
illustrated with good quality
photo images and diagrams. Burkinshaw also invites us to
look through the customer’s eyes and reminds us yet again of
important this is.
As construction metholds evolve, we are continually
searching to improve our knowledge and to produce
structures and solutions, while at the same time we still
have all the old building stock to work on.
The laws of science under-pinning our work don’t change, but
they do need to be well understood. ‘Remedying Damp’ not
only helps us
with this but explains the practical application of this
science, in an environment and in ways we should all find
b) Homebuilding and Renovating Journal
Remedying Damp provides you with the knowledge and tools to
understand how to deal with damp problems in buildings. It
offers practical help and advice in tackling the effects of
damp and illustrates remedial action you can take. Practical
examples, diagrams, case studies and photographs enable you
to select the most suitable remedial approach. Written by
one of the authors of "Diagnosing Damp" (RICS Books, 2003),
this book will enable you to: employ a useful seven stage
process to tackling damp problems; access technical advice
on the various damp remedies available today; assess
alternative strategies and damp remedy options with the help
of direct illustrated examples; understand the implications
of the chosen damp remedy option; and, use checklists and
case studies to verify your approach. The main text is
supplemented by useful appendices, a glossary and a
comprehensive section of references and further reading.
About the Author
Ralph Burkinshaw FRICS PGCHE is a chartered building
surveyor with 30 years' experience in the property and
construction industry. A practising surveyor and building
contractor, he has written and researched on dampness in
buildings extensively, including the classic textbook for
surveyors Diagnosing Damp published in 2003 by RICS Books.
He runs seminars on dampness diagnosis and remediation for
surveyors and is qualified in remedial treatment surveying (CSRT).The
author has extensive experience in flood remediation, with
industry qualifications in applied structural drying and
water damage restoration, and is a silver trowel holder for
brickwork. Ralph travels throughout the UK diagnosing damp
problems and helping to devise their remediation
Selected Journal Papers
SPAB News Sep 2001
How a positive nitrates result may not actually prove rising damp
(Journal of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings)
Structural Survey Volume 20 Number 5 2002
What is the moisture meter trying to tell us?
(Winner: Award for Excellence, Outstanding Paper 2003)
Various tests on moisture meters described. www.emeraldinsight.com
Structural Survey Vol 22 Number 1 2004-10-24
Which instruments should surveyors use to monitor moisture condition?
Includes a useful test where a floor screed is cured, and its moisture condition monitored using a variety of surveying instruments
(Winner: Highly Commended Award, 2005)
Journal of Building Appraisal (JBA) 2005 -Issue 1 Volume 1
Wall Base Damp Is one horizontal damp proof course sufficient protection?
Various low level damp problems are described and illustrated where damp penetration
at low level was the main cause. www.palgrave-journals.com
Journal of Building Appraisal 2006 - Issue 1 Volume 2
Moisture on Tap
A case study where various diagnostic techniques gradually home in on the cause of dampness.
‘The Rising Damp Tests of Camberwell Pier : Potential height of moisture rise in brickwork and the effectiveness of a modern chemical injection cream damp coursing application.’
Published in the Journal of Building Appraisal, 2010
‘Rising damp :Part 1. Case study examples and the Lambeth Pier Test : How to isolate ground-sourced rising damp by the ‘Burkinshaw Test method’.
To be published in 2012 for the first issue of Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation’