History of Damp in dental practice
Our next project, a two storey terraced property is a former residential building which had been converted and extended into a dental practice. The first floor of the dental surgery consists of 1 dental surgery, a combined reception and waiting area, a customers’ toilet, two storage rooms and an OPG room. The first floor of the dental practice consists of a further two dental surgeries, a toilet, an office, a staff room, decontamination room and a large storage room. The building has a history of water damage to internal plastering on the ground floor of the building. None of the staff working at the practice had reported any adverse health symptoms which could be attributed to the building environment.
Moisture Mapping Process
Our surveyor used Moisture mapping in order to complete the survey. Using this method he found evidence of rising damp and water damage to the plastering in the reception area, surgery 1, ground floor corridor, ground floor toilet, OPG room and the ground floor store room however there was no evidence of fungal contamination. In the ground floor corridor there was also evidence of penetrating damp on the wall. When our surveyor investigated outside there was evidence of plant growth to the external wall and the guttering in this area was fully blocked by debris, allowing water overspill onto the walls.
Surveyor’s recommendations to prevent damp
On completion of the investigation our surveyor had some recommendations for the client. We recommended the removal of the vegetation growing at the base of the building’s walls and to clear blocked guttering to the building’s extension. We also recommended the installation of plastic wall sheeting to the wall in the corridor, back wall of surgery 1 and walls of the OPG room. The assessment of all the relevant exposure factors indicates that at present the overall risk to health from exposure to fungal elements is likely to be low.