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Damp & Timber Survey Specialists UK

Damp & timber surveyors – specialists in diagnosing damp together with independent investigations for rising damp, woodworm, dry rot & condensation damp surveys

Damp Aid provides chemical free, cost effective solutions for controlling dampness and timber decay, thus avoiding unnecessary, costly & disruptive chemical damp-proof course injection & timber treatments offered by most remedial damp-proofing & specialist timber treatment companies.

Specialist damp and timber surveyors who can provide comprehensive, impartial pre-purchase damp and timber reports for mortgage purposes to help buyers decide whether to continue with the purchase or negotiate the sale price of the house / flat before exchanging contracts. We also provide reports for property owners applying for equity release loans who require walls testing for damp where high damp meter readings were recorded during home buyers & valuation surveys. These reports are usually required by banks and building societies as a condition of a mortgage offer being accepted so that they can be sure that the structure of property is free from rising dampness, wood boring insects, and wood rotting fungi.

Our C.S.R.T. surveyors are fully qualified to carry out damp surveys & timber surveys in both residential and commercial properties.  DampAid are full members of the PCA (Property Care Association). For honest advice and fees for a damp survey or timber surveys call us or fill in the survey enquiry form.

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Damp Aid UK, specialist damp survey company diagnosing damp and decay in buildings based throughout the UK.  We have been established (over 30 years) as an independent damp & timber specialist surveying company.  Our surveyors carry out combined damp & timbers surveys and provide reports.  We also carry out damp-proofing, woodworm and timber decay treatments along with alternative chemical free environmentally friendly treatments for dry rot & rising dampness.  Our clients include householders, private landlords, commercial premises, builders, property developers & local housing associations.  We also carry out surveys for re-mortgage & equity release companies who sometimes require retention works to be carried out in a house as part of the mortgage loan conditions.  Our specialist surveys & reports, for mortgage purposes, will satisfy the mortgage lenders on any dampness or timber decay problem.  We provide advice on how to cure rising damp,  treat woodworm, dry rot, timber decay and condensation.

We currently offer three damp & timber survey / quotation options plus our Troubleshooter 2 option

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DampAid UK specialist timber & damp surveyors (C.S.R.T. – a qualification which is often a requirement necessary for reports to be accepted by mortgage lenders, banks and building societies) are specifically trained and qualified to carry out a damp survey and timber assessment of all types of dampness and timber problems when surveying  a property. They will provide an accurate diagnosis of the actual cause, not just identify the presenting symptoms. After correctly diagnosing the cause of a damp & timber problem, appropriate recommendations are made and advice given, providing clients with the awareness to make informed decisions and to avoid potentially costly and inappropriate chemical treatments.

The incorrect diagnosis of dampness is perhaps the biggest area of concern to home owners and purchasers in the UK. For worried property purchasers, problems are compounded by advice frequently given by building surveyors that a free survey / damp test be undertaken by a specialist contractor thus passing the responsibility to a person who only gets paid if he can show that there is a need for remedial work to be done.

Many properties which we have inspected, having been told they have a ‘history of dampness’, are actually fine.  Past damp-proof treatments have proved ineffective simply because either the problem being treated did not exist, or because the cause had been misdiagnosed. For example, dampness at the base of a wall can be caused by moisture descending unseen through the core of a wall until it reaches an impervious layer, such as a physical damp-proof course or a previously injected chemical damp-proof course, forcing it to spread outwards. Re-injecting a chemical damp-proof course, at additional cost, will not cure this problem.

Some estate agents have arrangements with damp-proofing companies & timber treatment specialists, where the company carries out a damp survey. These  surveys are usually free and carried out by commission based surveyors or “salesmen” who will, after testing the walls for damp, submit an estimate & report which invariably includes the cost for a damp-proof course & a price for woodworm treatment.

In many cases where the advice has been to have a chemical damp-proof injection carried out, we have found alternative solutions.  By carrying out basic remedial repairs to a house such as lowering the external ground level to below the damp-proof course, and installing additional sub-floor air bricks, the “wick effect” has been reduced.  This means the uptake of moisture from the ground is lower than the evaporation rate from the surface of the wall, thus the problem has been controlled & cured without the use of damp proofing chemicals.

Similarly we have diagnosed the wood boring beetle infestation (woodworm) as being historic or a species not requiring treatment. We do not use commission based surveyors.  “If there is nothing wrong we will say so – your peace of mind is our reward” (our motto for nearly 30 years!)

Many of our calls are from clients who have just received a home buyer report which states that high moisture meter readings were recorded to the ground floor walls of the property they are thinking of buying, and they ask “should I still buy it ?”  We advise them that they should keep an open mind and remember that if the property was built after 1875, there is probably a physical damp-proof course in-situ.

Even if a property does not have a physical damp-proof course we can use alternative cost effective remedies, which are chemical free and environmentally friendly and used to control rising dampness such as reducing raised ground levels and installing extra air-bricks to improve sub-floor ventilation to the moisture reservoir.  If plaster has been affected by dampness and contaminated with salts then we use a physical damp-proof cavity membrane, incorporating warm wall insulating plaster, to reduce heat loss as well as preventing further dampness internally.

There are many reasons why high moisture readings are recorded to walls during a home  inspection. For example the property may have been empty and without heating for quite some time therefore condensation could be present.  Another common problem is the guttering may be defective or blocked.  This will result in rainwater overflowing and hitting the ground.  The water will splash back onto the brickwork and if high ground level is present, this will occur above the DPC line.  The moisture will eventually penetrate at low level, giving the impression of rising damp!

Similarly some woodworm infestations and fungal decay can be controlled by reducing high moisture content of timbers.  In these cases the use of timber preservatives used by timber treatment specialists is often not required to eradicate these wood boring insects, wet rot or dry rot

These are just a couple of examples. That is why you should call upon the independent services of a specialist damp surveyor and timber treatment surveyor.  We will carry out an inspection and provide you with the correct diagnosis, therefore eliminating unnecessary damp-proofing treatment and costs.

Should you require the services of a specialist damp company & timber treatment firm to survey a new house / basement, or flat that you are in the process of buying, selling, intending to let or part exchange, we offer a prompt, professional service.  To speak to a specialist damp proofing & timber treatment C.S.R.T. surveyor for independent advice call 07860 222 743.  To arrange a damp & timber report / survey on a new home that you have just bought, are moving into or a property that is about to be sold fill in our contact form or telephone your local office

Damp survey, timber survey for house and flat purchase, specialist reports for mortgage providers, damp-proofing quotation and woodworm treatment are provided by us in the following North West, Midlands and South East regions / areas
 Birmingham, Cheshire, ChesterWrexham, Lancashire, Liverpool, London, Manchester,
Merseyside, Middlesex, North Wales, Shropshire, South East England, West Midlands, Wirral
& Yorkshire