Have you become aware of damp to your property?
We can carry out a defect inspection which includes a detailed analysis of the problem and will explain the cause to you plainly. Where appropriate, details of the remedial work required are included and we can recommend a suitable contractor to carry out the works.
We have considerable experience in the investigation and diagnosis of building defects. These include assessing problems of water penetration and timber decay. Our defect reports are often instructed by home owners, business owners and letting agents wanting to obtained independent advice on the defect and to ensure that it is correctly diagnosed.
We recommend inspection by a Chartered Surveyor before works are carried out by a builder to ensure that the defect is correctly identified and to prevent ineffective costly works.
Your mortgage lender’s surveyor may have requested an independent report on dampness. In these cases it is important to commission a RICS regulated firm to prepare an accurate report on dampness.
An RICS qualified Building Surveyor is best placed to advise on the cause of damp. They are independent and have extensive knowledge of building pathology. When we undertake a damp inspection, the building is assessed from the roof top down to the drains, inside and out, top to bottom.
The survey will investigate potential causes of dampness such as:
- Rising damp
- Penetrating damp from leaking roofs, gutters and down pipes
- Faulty drainage
- Lateral damp penetration associated with raised external ground levels
- Rainwater penetration through external walls
- Rainwater penetration at window frames and doors
- Surface and interstitial condensation
- Internal plumbing and services leaks
Equipment such as a good moisture meter which measures the conductivity of a material will assist in diagnosing damp but a surveyor must also their senses when diagnosing damp. A musty smell and discolouration of linings is often a sign that dampness is significant.