What is the importance of a good damp and timber survey?

We offer a Free of charge Damp and Timber survey, with a written report, in a clear and easy to understand format. But if you choose to use an alternative company either free or paid what should you expect to see in that report.

All surveyors will have there own methods and routines but essentially all reports should include the following, some of this seems obvious but believe me we have seen all manner of reports with the simplest of details missing.

Address of the property being inspected, Your name and address (may be different from the property if a Pre purchase survey) and the date of the survey which will likely differ from the report date.

The Company and individual surveyors name.

Reports should start with a quick reference to your requirements or requests ” You asked us to inspect your loft timbers” – This will then state the surveyors scope of inspection and any restrictions ” Exposed timbers to the loft will be inspected though items stored there will not be moved, insulation will be lifted to accommodate inspection in a sample of areas”.

The layout orientation needs to be simply explained – Front and rear elevations, left and right as viewed looking out of the property to the front is our choice.

Now the inspection can begin…….

The property needs to be identified, Mid terraced Victoian house with brick built cavity walls and an extension to the rear.

Useful factors such as the weather, UPVC windows installed, urban or rural location,on a steep hill, next to a river, will all help and in some cases be vital bits of information. An inspection completed on a hot day is less likely to uncover severe condensation issues where as an inspection on a cold morning will.

Whilst the survey is concerned normally with internal issues and symptoms an external inspection, particularly for the Damp survey elements is essential and would normally include the following: visible drainage issues, gutters and down pipes, visible roofing defects, signs of historical remedial works, external ground levels in relation to the internal floors.

The report should then detail what has been checked and found covering these basic points:

  • Area of property inspected – The lounge.
  • What was checked – The walls.
  • How – A visual inspection was carried out and a Protimeter moisture meter was used  ( this may often be covered by a generic statement before or after the body of the report).
  • Was anything found – Plaster was loose and meter readings are high at skirting board height reducing as testing continued up the wall.
  • Why was this – With no damp proof course inserted due to the age of the property rising damp has occurred ( a small paragraph explaining in simple terms what rising damp is would be helpful after the body of the report)
  • What next – What can be done and if applicable how much will this cost if the surveyor is also able to provide a quotation for the work.

If work is recommended then it should cover all areas of responsibility before, during and after, such as moving furniture and when can walls be painted.

A plan should be included as part of the report though for some works this is not relevant (PIV unit installations etc)

Health and safety needs to be addressed – Can occupants remain in the property during works? Who will dispose of debris ? obviously this will change depending on the scope of work.

Just because you have asked for a survey this doesn’t mean works are always required an accurate diagnosis of any problems may arrive at a DIY solution or even point to an alternative trade such as staining to a bathroom wall from a plumbing leak. In some cases no works are recommended at all, if you live in a 400 year old thatched cottage with exposed stone walls then the only solution that allows you to retain the character features is adequate ventilation and heating.

These are the basics to what we believe is a good Damp and Timber survey if you need any advice or want to book an honest and accurate Free of charge survey then give us a call today or complete the survey request form.

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Why choose Wessex Damp & Timber

25 Years of Experience

With over 25 years of experience in the service sector you will receive an unrivaled level of customer care from the survey through to the completion of works.

Unrivaled Customer Care

We are a family run business with a professional and modern approach whilst still maintaining that personal level of service you associate with a local company.

Professional Service

Constantly seeking to maintain our knowledge base we access all the latest information and available literature to ensure we are at the forefront of the industry.

Wessex Damp and Timber are an industry leading company who provides services to help cure dampness and condensation in both the home and commerical environments.

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Services We Offer

Some of the services we offer in property preservation

If you have issues in your home such as peeling paint or loose plaster, mould spotting or visible stains and ‘tide’ marks then you may have a damp problem and if so we have the solution. Whether it’s rising or penetrating damp we will provide you with a diagnosis and the solution.

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Condensation in its simplest form is when moist air comes into contact with colder air or a colder surface and the water contained in the air is released to form condensation in the air or on the surface. It often results in black mould growth on walls and surfaces or you can see water droplets.

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Aged and Period properties can often be cold and condensation will form on external walls, we can provide various types of solid insulation and often incorporate this with a level of damp proofing. Internal temperatures will improve and mould spotting reduces.

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