UK Damp & Timber Surveys
Rising Damp, Damp Proofing, Dry Rot & Woodworm Specialists
Damp Proofing & Timber Treatment Contractors
Specialist PCA Approved Damp and Timber Surveys For 2015
Welcome to the Damp Pro website where you get honest, beneficial and full comprehensible advice on all aspects of the eradication & prevention of rising damp, damp proofing, woodworm treatment & eradication of dry rot.
Damp Pro are full members of the Property Care Association (PCA) formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association (BWPDA). Our unique Membership number is 5728. We are government endorsed by the TrustMark scheme and we offer Insurance backed guarantees by the Guarantee Protection Insurance Scheme (GPI). We are fully qualified and vetted to high industry standards which are annually reviewed by the PCA to ensure high standards across the board.
We are an independent family business that works all across the UK, the North West and the South East of England, The Midlands and Wales. Providing damp and timber survey reports, damp proofing and timber treatment quotations in areas such as; Cheshire, Shropshire, Chester, North Wales, Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Stockport, Shrewsbury, London, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
If you are looking for an honest and professional specialist damp proofing, woodworm treatment and dry rot eradication company, you are at the right place. We have made it our family business for over 30 years to provide excellence throughout the remedial industry all over the UK.
To avoid the disappointment of unqualified advice, please read the information below or speak to a certified damp and timber expert click here for your local telephone number.
TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO ASK A DAMP PROOFING & TIMBER TREATMENT COMPANY TO AVOID THE PITFALLS OF UNQUALIFIED ADVICE...
1. "ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE PROPERTY CARE ASSOCIATION (PCA)?"
2. "WILL THE SURVEYOR CARRYING OUT MY DAMP AND/OR TIMBER SURVEY HOLD THE CSRT QUALIFICATION?"
"If the answer is no to the two above question we strongly recommend you avoid this damp and timber company as it could lead to misdiagnosis and potentially ££££'s of unnecessary treatments. Insist on a PCA Member and a surveyor who holds the CRST Qualification.
Look out for the PCA logo & Unique Membership number
Damp Pro Membership Number : 5728
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CSRT or NOT CSRT?? -That is the question!
CSRT stands for Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments. This qualification is a Property Care Association (PCA) and British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA) qualification, which is awarded to persons that have undergone full in depth training and have passed the strict examination procedures at the PCA Headquarters.
The CSRT qualification is a nationally recognised qualification that allows a person to call themselves an expert or specialist in the damp and timber industry. This is the ONLY certified qualification in the Damp proofing, Woodworm and Dry Rot industry.
All banks and building societies insist that the surveyor carrying out the damp and timber survey is CSRT qualified and a member of the PCA.
Rest assured that your surveyor carrying out your damp and/or timber survey is CSRT qualified and will provide you with full in depth specialist knowledge, with a full written damp and timber report which have been accepted by banks, building societies and lenders on a daily basis.
Don’t fall for unqualified advice, insist that the surveyor is CSRT qualified!
One of the most commonly misdiagnosed source of moisture within a building is Rising Damp. Before Rising Damp can be diagnosed a process of elimination must be carried out. This is where it is essential that a specialist damp and timber (CSRT) surveyor steps in. A few steps to determine this is by checking for bridging externally or internally. Are there any external defects e.g. A guttering/roofing problem causing penetrating damp? Is the dampness surface moisture (condensation)? Is there defective pointing externally? The list is endless but crucial in correctly identifying Rising Damp. Much of the damp that is found within a building is due to a lack of maintenance/ventilation, which can be put right at minimal cost and disturbance, a lot of the time by the clients themselves.
Timber decay... This again is very important to have correctly diagnosed. Again there is a process of elimination that is very important. Questions to be answered are... Where has the source of moisture come from to cause the timber decay? How can the source of moisture be rectified? Then the crucial part: TIMBER DECAY IDENTIFICATION! Is the Timber decay Wet Rot, Dry Rot, A Non-Rotting Fungi or simple Chemical Attack! For more information click here to our timber decay page.
Woodworm - a universal term for wood boring insects. A woodworm infestation may not be as serious as you think! There are many species of woodworm that require no treatment at all! In fact 70% of the woodworm found by Damp Pro is a historic infestation. Key facts to remember when trying to find a woodworm treatment company! For more information regarding woodworm click here you may be pleasantly surprised!
Do we offer free damp and timber surveys?
No is the simple answer. Our specialist damp and timber surveyors are providing a service and do have salaries which need to be paid for their expert advice and knowledge.
Paying for a damp and timber survey will provide you with accurate, honest advice which could save you hundreds even thousands of pounds on unnecessary damp proofing and/or timber treatments.
Something to be aware of in the damp proofing and timber treatment industry is that, many companies send out commission based surveyors to carry out specialist damp and timber surveys. These damp and timber surveys are carried out with “end of month survey targets and commission bonuses in mind.” So you can image what the surveyor is thinking before he even enters your property to carry out a damp and timber survey for free!
Over the years we have had an increase in clients that have had damp and timber companies in free of charge to told they need a new chemical damp proof course. In over 90% of cases this has been unnecessary due to a phyical damp proof course being bridged.
What is free in the world nowadays… unfortunately nothing! So please be aware of the free survey!
I have a damp and timber problem?
You may have a damp or timber decay problem, however to what extent is the question!! There has been many times when our certified damp and timber surveyor has been instructed to carry out a damp and timber survey and found no problems at all, after a “market leading company” or builder has carried out a damp and timber survey and has quoted hundreds even thousands of pounds of unnecessary work.
So the top tip is… Avoid “commission based surveyors” and builders posing as damp and timber specialists. Have a damp and timber survey carried out by a CSRT qualified damp and timber decay specialist surveyor (not on commission) to give you peace of mind and save yourself hundreds even thousands of pounds on unnecessary damp proofing and timber treatments.
Will the treatment be issued with a guarantee?
All our damp proofing, Woodworm treatments and Dry Rot eradication treatments are backed up by long term written guarantees for peace of mind and assurance. A fully qualified damp and timber CSRT surveyor will sign off on every damp and timber treatment to ensure that high standards are met each and every time.
By now we are sure you have searched through many damp proofing and timber treatment company websites, and are aware of the causes and treatment of rising damp, woodworm, dry rot and any other forms of damp and timber decay. However if you want more information please feel free to read our damp/damp proofing, woodworm and dry rot pages or contact us directly for some free honest professional advice.
All our damp and timber surveys are carried out by a fully qualified CSRT remedial surveyor (specialising in the rising damp, damp proofing, woodworm treatment and dry rot eradication field). The surveyor will carry out the damp and/or timber survey and provide you with a report and/or quotation with the causes of the damp, woodworm or dry rot problem and recommend any damp proofing, woodworm treatments or dry rot treatments if found to be necessary.
The surveyor carrying out your damp and timber survey will provide you with a direct telephone number which you can contact him on, if you have any further questions after the survey has been carried out or to go through the report and quotation after you have received it.
How much will it cost for a damp and timber survey on my property?
At Damp Pro we aim to make sure that every client obtains the information they need from their damp and/or timber survey/report. In many cases, our clients will be submitting their report to a mortgage lender and so certain areas must be covered within the survey and report.
It may be requested that a ground floor only inspection is carried out, or perhaps it is essential that all floors are investigated.
In other instances, a damp and timber survey may be required on a property that is already owned and so perhaps only certain areas are requested to be investigated by our surveyors such as, chimney breasts, roof voids or beneath the floor (sub-floor survey).
It is for these reasons that we do not issue a ‘one price suits all’ as one property may have three floors, converted loft space and a basement, and another may be a two bedroomed terrace property.
To give you the best price for a damp and timber survey we need to know as much information about your property and requirements as possible.
When will I receive my Damp and/or Timber Report?
In most circumstances we will endeavor to provide you with your damp and/or timber report within five working days. This can be determined for you on the day of enquiry once we have all relevant information regarding your property or requirements for the survey.
We understand that during the purchase of a property most clients are keen to know the findings of the survey as soon as possible, therefore we can arrange for the surveyor to contact you on/after the survey to discuss the findings. Again, for a speedy process, we send out all our damp and timber reports via email unless requested otherwise.
How Can Our Specialist Damp and Timber Report Surveys Help You?
- If you are a Homeowner with a damp and/or timber decay/infestation problem, our expert knowledge will diagnose the source of the problem and recommend treatments.
- If you are a Homeowner selling your property, our CSRT qualified damp and timber surveyors will issue you with a report and quotation for any necessary works.
- If you are a Landlord in need of a correct diagnosis of damp ingress or timber decay/infestation problems in your property, we will provide you with expert knowledge on all forms of damp proofing and/or timber treatments to rectify the problem.
- If you are in the process of buying a property, and have been instructed by a building surveyor to have a specialist damp and timber report survey carried out, we will arrange access to the property and liaise with vendors and estate agents to carry out the damp and timber survey.
- If you are a Letting/Estate Agent seeking specialist advice on any form of dampness or timber decay/infestation in a property, we will provide you with the correct diagnosis, along with any possible recommendations.
- If you are a Builder in need of specialist knowledge or treatment only, we can provide you with an onsite diagnosis and a quotation for the necessary treatment(s).
- If you are Re-mortgaging your property (equity release scheme) and have been instructed by a lender to have a damp and timber report survey carried out, we will provide you with the damp and/or timber report and carry out the treatments necessary which will be backed by a 20 year guarantee so that the lender will release the equity.
We provide damp and timber survey reports and quotations for more information click here for survey options
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