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The Survey

Our surveyor will have at his disposal all the necessary equipment to carry out a full inspection of the property or area giving concern and diagnose the correct solution for the problem.

The survey will generally be of a non-destructive type, however, if needed, permission may be sought to remove plaster samples or floorboards to further aid the survey. It is recommended that the areas, which are the subject of concern, are made readily accessible and that, carpets and furniture are removed prior to the surveyor’s visit to the property.

Should the surveyor discover the problem to be extensive, the surveyor may decide to halt the inspection and advise that further assistance may be necessary to fully expose the problem areas. In this instance the surveyor will supply the quotation to carry out the necessary exposure works.

Whatever the case the surveyor will endeavour to keep you informed at all stages of his inspection.

He will discuss with you the logistics in carrying out whatever works that maybe required. After completion, we shall, without any obligation on your part, send you a comprehensive report and estimate on our findings and recommendation for remedial treatment. To request a survey click here.

The Survey

Whatever the survey is for damp or timber the survey should always start with an external survey to note any defects, or parental defects which will lead to water ingress, into the building fabric.

The survey should include unless instructed otherwise, the whole of the building, to identify all forms of dampness as this can manifest in a number of ways, not just rising dampness.


The pattern of moisture/ salts in a wall affected by rising dampness.
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The visual part of the inspection normally reveals more, about the property than the testing with moisture meters, as the defects noted on the external inspection can be related to the internal areas, and a moisture meter although a useful, instrument cannot provide all the answers.

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This gutter leak resulted in this dampness on the internal wall, without the external survey this would not have been seen, and a damp proof course would not have solved the problem.

If the surveyor uses the meter correctly he will moisture profile the wall, taking readings from the installed skirting-board and whole of the affected wall area, to try and establish the extent and location of the moisture source, beware of the surveyor, who simply takes a reading from the base of the wall just above the skirting-board, as this is incorrect, pointless and he is likely to be trying to sell you a damp proof course, which may not be need.

The Report

The report should give a full written account of what the surveyor found and his recommendations to correct the issues. It should include all defects relating to the all possible forms of moisture ingress, even if they are not caused by rising dampness after all, the survey requested was a damp survey and this should include the possible leaking gutter.

His recommendations should include a written specification, where required, including photographs and plans for the correct remedial works, even if this is simply recommending, that the gutter are cleaned to prevent them over running resulting in water running down the external elevation. It should not simply be an estimate of costs for repairs.

The report should have sufficient information, for anyone reading the document at a later date to be able to establish what past defects were recorded and the works undertaken, the specifications installed so in the future, if a problem arises a full documented history is then at hand.

Our surveyor will have at his disposal all the necessary equipment to carry out a full inspection of the property!

If you have any questions please call us on 0161 633 9860 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or make arrangements to undertaken an inspection, of your wall ties to ensure your property is structurally sound.