Damp Investigations & Surveys

Southern Damp Proofing homebuyer reports offer specialist pre-purchase woodworm, rot and damp studies to potential purchasers of any design and age of the building.

Southern Damp Proofing provides a full examination of the property, offering a range of damp, timber decay or woodworm treatment options. If a valuation survey has determined any damp or timber problems or if your lending institution or mortgage service provider feels the property is of an age when moist or timber problems might easily exist, Southern Damp Proofing can assist in fixing these problems. Purchasing a new house is likely the most expensive thing you will buy in your lifetime and protecting yourself from unpredicted flaws that might be costly to repair as soon as you’ve purchased the property is essential.

Concerned about damp or wood-rot

As is the case with many problems, it is easier to deal with an issue when it’s found early. There are many reasons for wet, ranging from condensation, harmed pipework or an inadequate Damp Evidence Course. The secret to fixing the problems is to set the source and determine the problem.

Early and specialised intervention can assist protect property, not just from the structural degradation, however likewise from the health risks that can occur from the existence of mould.

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Our Timber and Damp Surveys

Our timber and damp surveys diagnose the causes of any dampness/moisture ingress that may be present. We investigate how your home was constructed, and what works been compelted to your property over the years. Southern Damp Proofing then explain how these aspects come together to produce a pattern of possible issues – along with diagnosis and remedial services. We educate you about your house, and provide you with the self-confidence that it is NOT gradually sinking into the Thames estury or drawing up a rivers worth of water via brick capillary action.

Damp Proofing Can Help Prevent

  • Rising / Penetrating Damp
  • Ingress of Water
  • Salt Crystallization
  • Plaster Breakdown
  • Damp Staining
  • Wet Rot / Dry Rot

How a Damp Survey is carried out

There are lots of possible problems that are connected with damp and water ingress, in order for the cause to be appropriately determined, a specialist surveyor is requires to check your property thoroughly. Damp and moisture in your property will, with time cause structural damage as well as potentially leading to rotting wood fungi such as wet rot and dry rot. which themselves have health implications. The end result is structural timber deterioration, and the longer damp is left untreated, structural deterioration will be become worst and more expensive to correct.

How a Timber Survey is carried out

An assessment of the both the inside and exterior of the property will be carried out to identify any timber decay or structural flaws that could potentially lead to timber degridation or fungal decay.

Pre-Purchase Report for Woodworm, Rot & Damp Problems

If you are in the process of purchasing a property, re-mortgaging your home or attempting to get equity release? So you and the prospective buyer have settled on a price for the property, the mortgage lender will usually send out a specialist surveyor to perform a valuation report. You will need to provide damp and timber survey report before the lender will allow the sale to complete.

Contacting the damp and timber specialists

Aranging up a damp and timber survey with Southern Damp Proofing is simple. Call your regional office on the number below or complet our online cotnact form to request quote and one of our Damp Proofing experts will get in touch to organize the survey for you.

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What is a Damp Proof Membrane
A damp proof membrane (DPM) is another common technique used to avoid rising damp from occuring within a property. Our damp proof membrane sheets are made from materials such as polyethylene or butyl rubber and serve as an effective barrier to prevent moisture from making its way into a property. Our qualified specialists have a terrific understanding of how to fix damp concerns and are experienced in setting up damp proof membranes for walls and floors within a property.
What Happens During the Damp Survey?
Once you have spoken to the damp specialist and scheduled the survey, we will attend your property or the property you intend to purchase. Souhern Damp Proofing will work systematically through the structure and focus on any areas that have been identified as at risk from damp or water ingress.
What to do After a Bad Damp Survey?
If the report comes back, and there are significant damp issues, there is no need to panic. Most damp issues can be repaired relatively quickly, and might not necessarily cost you a significant ammount. It’s likely that the survey will have been carried out before your physically pay for the property, and at this moment you are still able to negotiate a sale price based on the findings/outcome of the survey
Do I Need a Specialist Damp Survey?
A chartered surveyor will be able to adivse if damp is a problem in your property. They will do this by utilizing special tools to measure the level of internal moisture in walls and taking a look at particular locations that are frequently affected by damp problems.
What is a Damp Proof Course?
A damp proof course (DPC) is among several damp proofing treatments used to prevent damp problems within a property. Damp Proof Course repair can be applied, utilizing a range of techniques and is a long term solution to prevent damp/moisture from getting into your property through walls.