Plasterwork Surveys and Lessons to be Learnt
Over the last 8 years of carrying out plaster surveys, you would think that we would have found that the most common cause of all ornamental ceiling damage was water ingress. Whilst this is true in many instances very close runners up are over cleaning the back of laths, despite asbestos air tests showing no danger, and the insertion of ill-considered walkways. These walkways often rest on timbers which are supporting the ceilings and cause deflection and failure or worst still cut through or damage ceiling supports or plaster wads when they are inserted.
Inserted safety walkways threatening the safety of ceilings below
Over-cleaned ceiling backs with plaster nibs broken and lost
Distress caused by over cleaning and walkway insertion