Damp Diagnosis Surveys and Reports

We specialise in investigating all forms of dampness and timber decay within buildings. 

Being independent and having over 20 years experience we pride ourselves on correctly diagnosing dampness.  The misdiagnoses of dampness is all too common, which can then result in thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary remedial damp-proofing works being carried out.

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What damp is affecting my property?

Condensation

By far the most common form of dampness. This form of dampness contrary to believe can occur at any time of year, although it is most common during the winter months. Condensation control measures can be as simple as advising how to better control moisture levels within the property.

Penetrating dampness.  Control measures can be fixing that leaky gutter, replacing that cracked roof tile or reducing external ground levels.

Rising dampness. 

True rising damp is fairly rare, but it does exist as we can bare witness to this. However it is quite often misdiagnosed which can then result in thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary remedial damp-proofing works being carried out.

What true rising dampness it is not, is being diagnosed with a moisture meter during a 15 minute ‘survey’.  Only forensic damp testing will confirm the presence of true rising dampness.

Forensic rising damp diagnosis:

To diagnose true rising dampness by where moisture is being draw up from the ground into unprotected walls by capillary action can only be achieved by moisture profiling of the wall.  This entails taking drilled core samples and testing for moisture content and for the presence of ground salts, namely chlorides and nitrates.  This type of investigation is often required in litigation cases and would be very rare during the course of a pre-purchase damp and timber survey.

Damp and Timber surveys:

We provide comprehensive damp and timber surveys/reports which are easy to read along with photographs and recommendations to manage any possible defects.  Please our sample report below.

Structural Water Proofing:

Buying a property or a lower ground floor apartment and require advice on how to manage the dampness? 

Or considering converting that damp old basement into a habitable room? 

We can provide the correct advice or design a water resisting system should this be your requirement.

Condensation Diagnosis.

Condensation can be a destructive and irritating form of dampness.  Causing excessive mould growth and high humidity levels it can affect the respiratory system, clothes, the building fabric and can even cause attacks by wood rotting fungi.  We have vast experience in diagnosing condensation and will provide you with the correct advice to manage this form of dampness.

Wood rotting fungi and wood boring insects – Investigations, surveys and reports.

We can sympathetically investigate all form of wood rotting fungi from Serpula Lacrymans (Dry Rot) to Anobium Punctatum – Common Furniture Beetle which is more commonly known by its generic name Woodworm.
We can correctly identify what rot or beetle is affecting your property.

Why is this important – Not all beetle infestations require treatment and if a rot is wet rot it cannot be dry rot!

Should you require further information on any of our professional services, or would like a competitive free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us.