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constructeur local en train de couper dangereusement la sécurité de ses travailleurs

Cette photographie montre un constructeur local en train de couper dangereusement la sécurité de ses travailleurs et des personnes à proximité.

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builder dangerously cutting corners

constructeur local en train de couper dangereusement la sécurité de ses travailleurs

C’est le genre de chose que nous voyons tout le temps ici au Portugal, mais pour les moins informés, cela semble probablement assez anodin.
Permettez-moi de dire d’emblée que tous les constructeurs ne sont pas égaux et que nos collègues sont à la fois compétents et expérimentés. Ils sont également assurés au bon niveau.

Pour moi, cela décrit parfaitement la différence entre ce que vous attendez à voir et à expérimenter au Royaume-Uni, en France ou en Hollande et ce qui se passe au Portugal.
La raison en est que les constructeurs au Portugal n’ont aucune formation officielle ou que la grande majorité de la formation n’est pas assurée ou sous-assurée pour couvrir leurs travailleurs, votre famille ou vos biens.

Un jeune homme typique, s’il ne trouve rien d’autre, finira par travailler sur un chantier. Il copiera toutes les tâches de base comme le bétonnage, la brique et peut-être même la menuiserie.
S’il n’est pas bon, il est licencié et passe d’un emploi à un apprentissage en apprentissage.
La principale cause du problème et la raison pour laquelle les propriétés sont mal construites ou mal remises en état sont que le jeune constructeur ne peut pas facilement apprendre la bonne façon de faire si ses aînés et les personnes responsables ne sont pas du tout compréhensifs. de ce qu’ils font ou c, éduqués au niveau de l’école primaire.

Prenons par exemple un constructeur d’âge moyen que je connais. Nous parlions de la construction de grands murs de soutènement et du problème que beaucoup d’entre eux finissent par se déplacer ou s’éloigner de la verticale.
Il a dit “la raison en est qu’ils ont placé les trous dans le mauvais endroit” “Je mets toujours les miens près du sommet du mur”
Je lui ai dit que chez Castelo Construction, nous utilisons toujours un ingénieur en structure pour concevoir de grands murs de soutènement afin qu’ils ne bougent plus à l’avenir. Ces murs ont toujours les trous de suie près du bas des murs. Je lui ai montré des photos des travaux que nous avions effectués et des grands murs exécutés par des entrepreneurs gouvernementaux. Tous avec des trous pleureurs près du fond.
Il s’est avéré qu’il n’était pas capable de lire, alors il était incapable de lire les notes d’instruction des ingénieurs civils et «improvisait tout au long de son parcours».
Malheureusement, si vous aviez une maison construite ou rénovée par ce constructeur, vous pourriez essayer de réclamer une indemnisation à l’avenir. Pour lequel nous vous offrons la meilleure des chances.

Kelvin@casteloconstruction.com

Telephone 00351 927168247

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Rain pouring into homes

Rain pouring into their home

 

The winter is on its way at last and we are suffering rain pouring into homes, storm force winds and heavy rain with occasional hailstones so it won’t be long before we receive calls from people who say they have rain pouring into their homes.

 

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Rain pouring into their home

We all rest easy here in Portugal during the long spring and summer month. Our motivation is to find shade not think about rain and hour home flooding or leaking.

That’s why it’s a shock to the system when it actually happens.

Rains pouring into their home where does it come from

 

The roof,

Adjoining buildings

Under the external doors

Through the window frames

Through the floor

These are the most likely problem areas –

Missing or broken roof tiles, Bent or rusted through roof flashings, Blocked gutters, and downpipes. Miss aligner roof tiles due to the roof timbers sagging.

Adjoining buildings – usually, it’s down to bent or rusted through flashings between the two houses, it could also be caused by an internal rainwater pipe built into the wall.

Under the external doors – Portuguese doors rarely incorporate a thresh system and use a piece of stone or marble. The wind can simply blow the water under the door. You can install a thresh by simply cutting the door and installing one underneath.

Through the window frames – The window frames in Portuguese houses and apartments are fitted with a damp proof course around them like they are in the UK. They rely on a thin bead of silicon sealer the keep out the rain. Trouble is these silicon joints are often applied to damp stone or render so don’t stick properly. You may have to cut them out and reapply silicon on a warm dry day.

Through the floor – This is usually the most problematic area. We are used to damp floors here in old houses and some more recent builds!. The floor will not have had a damp proof course installed so when there is a sudden downpour rain from outside cam come under the house and appear in pools on your ground floors. This problem can be treated but it is very disruptive and costly. Insist on a damp proof membrane being installed.

 

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Cracked walls

Cracked walls

 

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cracked walls

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I was asked to look at a Portuguese house recently which had suffered with the external walls cracking. The couple were about to buy the property but wanted to make sure that the cracking wasn’t recent and that is was not going to get worse. Obviously they didn’t want to put their hard earned money into a money pit.

 We don’t have a crystal ball so you have to research the property and look for evidence.

Here are a few things we look for. New building close by, land slippage, flooding, property extensions, part demolitions of connected out buildings or adjoining properties. Cellar excavations or new drainage installations.

Then we start to look at the overall structure. How is the property built, with what materials and methods. Is the roof old, is it straight or sagging, what is the condition of the main roof timbers. Do they have splits, cracks or breakages are they suffering from bad woodworm infestation.

Then we look inside the property to see if there are cracks matching those outside on the inside. Is there evidence of rain water entering the cracks and passing to the inside of the property.

Once we have established that there are no obvious and serious external factors causing the cracks we can look at the types of cracks Horizontal cracking, vertical cracking, angular cracking, crazing, blown render, stone wall, stone house wall, damaged wall, damaged render individually.

It is not often appreciated that most old Properties in Portugal do hot have what we would call foundations in northern Europe.

They relied upon building flexible walled houses that would move slightly over time and settle into the ground. Ground frost is not usually a problem here so the houses stay viable for a couple of hundred years.

It takes many years of construction experience and many years of Portuguese building method experience to be able to read property problems.

If you are contemplating buying a property in Portugal contact Kelvin@casteloconstruction.com and we will be pleased to help.