What happens on a damp survey?

by Wayne D. Damp Proofing Expert

Damp is the presence of moisture in the walls, which causes damage to the internal structure of the building. Nowadays, dampness is a common problem and affects many households differently. Dampness results in difficulties selling your property, where potential buyers and mortgage lenders are put off. 

Whether the damp problem seems to be small or large, they are all treated equally.

Who needs to arrange a damp survey of a property?

  • A property owner who has found particular damp problems in the property

  • A property purchaser has had a structural survey carried out, and damp problems have been highlighted, with the advice of a further study carried out by a reputed Company.

  • A property management company who has been informed of damp problems by their tenants.

What happens on a damp survey?

  • The damp survey starts when the Surveyor arrives at the property and evaluates the construction of the building. At this point, he is mentally noting the condition of it.

  • The Surveyor will ask you questions about your damp problem, such as are you aware of any damp problem? Are you aware of previous damp treatments? And Any guarantee in final damp proofing work? Make sure you will answer these questions. Surveyor will note answers in his sheet.

  • Further, the Surveyor will inspect the property to check signs of defect. Also, he will be evaluating the construction details like cavity construction, DCP, etc.

  • The unusual features like cracks in external render coating, defects in external gutters, gaps around doors, etc., will be looked at by an experienced surveyor. 

  • After inspecting the outside of the property, the Surveyor will know where the damp problem arises.

  • After the external survey, an internal inspection will be carried out, which is restricted to the particular area where the problem has been identified.

  • During the internal inspection, the Surveyor will evaluate areas visually with the help of a damp meter, both conductance mode and radiofrequency mode. This is also used to check the walls where there are no obvious visual signs of dampness, in case the damp problem is new and hasn’t damaged the walls yet. If a visible problem is seen or where a high damp reading is found, the meter will be used to evaluate the scope of the damp.

  • If the damp meter shows high reading, the Surveyor will start to profile the area to find the moisture distribution. 

  • The moisture distribution will help find the cause of the dampness and how to treat dampness.

  • Sometimes the Surveyor may also use a thermal imaging device to identify whether or not the damp is a rising damp, or in fact, a hidden, leaking pipe.

  • Ensure that the Surveyor has access to the walls to comment on the damp problem accurately.

  • Then, the Surveyor will make a report regarding your damp problem and suggest you the best solution.

  • If you have any doubts about your damp report, ask your Surveyor.

Final words

It is essential to treat your dampness on time and make sure that your dampness will be performed only by an experienced and skilled surveyor who is certified to CRST and CSSW level through PCA( Property Care Association). If you need help with your damp problems, book a free damp survey Today.

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About Wayne D. Junior   Damp Proofing Expert

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