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Damp & Timber Surveys In Manchester

Welcome to the Damp Pro website. If you are in need of honest, beneficial and comprehensive advice on all aspects of the eradication & prevention of rising damp, damp proofing, woodworm treatment & eradication of Dry Rot, then look no further. We have made it our family business for over 30 years to provide excellence throughout the damp and timber industry throughout Manchester, the North West and the UK.

As a member of the Property Care Association (PCA) formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association (BWPDA) and a truly Independent CSRT surveyor you can be assured that you are in safe hands.

To Contact Us please click here for our contact page where you can either call us or alternatively send us an email and a member of our team will contact you to provide further guidance.

Or if you would like a Damp and Timber Survey Quotation please fill in our Survey Enquiry form by clicking here and we will provide you with a damp and timber survey quotation.

Our independent surveyor registered through the Property Care Association has no links to any damp and timber treatment contractor therefore our damp and timber surveys are truly independent with no vested interest in selling you anything. Our surveys are conducted to establish the root of the problem(s) and recommend correct and appropriate treatments if necessary at all. As we do not carry out damp proofing and timber treatments we are completely impartial.

Should you choose to instruct Damp Pro’s independent CSRT qualified damp and timber surveyor you can be assured that we do not carry out our damp and timber surveys for further financial gain.  We are not damp proofing and timber treatment contractors, neither do we have any commercial links to any damp proofing and timber treatment contractors. This provides our clients with peace of mind that you are dealing with a truly independent damp and timber surveyor.

Our main objective is to save our clients’ money on unnecessary damp proofing and timber treatments by taking a sympathetic and holistic approach to our damp and timber surveys. Our overall goal is to provide a clean bill of health on buildings surveyed and when and where necessary, recommend appropriate remedial actions. This may involve increasing ventilation, de-bridging damp proof course levels and general maintenance/repairs to name but a few.

The Property Care Association (PCA) is the only governing body in the damp proofing, Woodworm and Dry Rot industry which flagships the industries elite. All members are either fully qualified damp and timber Surveyors, Contractors or Manufacturers.  Whomever you instruct, please ensure that you are dealing with a PCA Member, as anyone who is not a member has not been vetted or may not be qualified to carry out the survey.

Be Safe… Be Sure… Be Certain that you are Dealing with a PCA Member and a CSRT Surveyor.

10 Reasons Why Customers Choose Damp Pro?    

  1. To receive an Independent Damp and Timber Report
  2. Fully Qualified CSRT Surveyor
  3. Full Members of the Property Care Association (PCA)
  4. A True Independent Surveyor
  5. A Recommended Company
  6. Sympathetic Approach to Older Buildings
  7. Will try to provide you with a clean bill of health
  8. Helpful and Polite Staff
  9. Quick Turn Around on Surveys and Reports
  10. Strictly Confidential to Clients

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What is an independent damp and timber surveyor?

An independent surveyor is a person who has no link to damp proofing and timber treatment contractors or a vested interest in achieving damp proofing and/or timber treatment contracts. Rest assured, every damp and timber survey carried out by Damp Pro is carried out by an independent surveyor whose number one goal is to provide accurate diagnosis and save our customers money overall.

Why have an independent damp and timber survey?

If you are looking for honest advice without the link to any damp proofing and timber treatment company, this may be the main reason. However, you may have had a few free damp and timber surveys carried out with all varying opinions. Another scenario could be that you may have underlying damp problems in your house or a damp wall that no one can get to the bottom of.

Whatever it may be, your surveyor at Damp Pro is there to help you and provide honest advice.

What is a damp and timber report?

A damp and timber report is a document that is compiled after carrying out a damp and timber survey. Within the damp and timber report, it will detail references from the damp and timber survey about a property.

What is typically detailed within an Independent damp and timber Survey Report?

Company name, address and contact number

Reference number

Date of Report

Client(s) Name

Property address

Date of survey

Name of Surveyor

Instructions - A damp and/or timber survey to specific areas in correlation to your instructions and survey scope.

Observations

Weather

Time

Property Description

Orientation

Limitations and Restrictions

External observations

Internal observations

Conclusions - Making a diagnosis as to what was seen.

Recommendations - Explaining what damp and timber treatments are needed. Maybe none at all!

Estimated costings for Damp and Timber Related Treatments if necessary. (Not a quotation as Damp Pro do not carry out damp and timber treatments).

If necessary, a Ground Floor Sketch Plan - A floor plan indicating where problems are present.

Our overall goal when carrying out damp and timber surveys throughout is to provide a clean bill of health. We do not have any internal or external influences to achieve sales targets or even sell products; neither do we look for work.

We have adopted an attitude that chemical damp proofing is not usually required as there is a physical damp proof course present within most properties post 1875. In most cases, the properties we survey do not even suffer from rising damp and are purely suffering from the damp proof course being bridged or affected by another source of moisture.

Timber decay and infestation can also be found to be isolated to a small area or even historic and in most cases requires no treatment at all. Therefore, the use of inappropriate chemical treatments are not usually needed. Saving our clients hundreds even thousands of pounds. Also most Woodworm infestations discovered are historic and suspect Dry Rot outbreaks usually end up being Wet Rot which inevitably saves our clients hundreds even thousands of pounds in unnecessary remedial treatments.

By choosing a Property Care Association damp and timber specialist member you are in safe hands as this means you are using a fully qualified company which is vetted to high industry standards annually and reviewed meticulously by the PCA to ensure high standards across the board.

Can an independent damp and timber survey save you money?

From feedback from our clients we have seen an increasing trend that our damp and/or timber surveys have saved clients hundreds, even thousands of pounds on damp proofing and timber treatment works recommended by damp proofing and timber treatment contractors.

We have had instances where chemical damp proof courses have been recommended by a specialist damp and timber contractor due to the presence of Rising Damp which has turned out to be either bridging of the damp proof course level causing the damp problem or condensation due to insufficient heating and ventilation. Both of which didn’t require a new damp proof course injection.

Another common occurrence is the recommendation for Woodworm treatment from a timber treatment specialist contractor who has found Woodworm within a building. Upon our independent timber (Woodworm) survey our inspection has found the infestation to be historic, requiring no treatment at all.

Therefore, it is very common that our damp and/or timber surveys save our clients a significant amount of money and upheaval on unnecessary damp proofing and timber treatments.

How to choose an independent damp and timber surveyor?

This can be done by looking out for credentials. The important and only qualification to look out for is the CSRT qualification.  This credential is gained through the Property Care Association (PCA) and is nationally recognised qualification within the building industry. As well as the CSRT qualification you should look out for Property Care Association membership. This can be crossed reference at the PCA website and everyone who is a member is listed on their site. It is important though to cross reference whether they are independent surveyors or contractors/freelance surveyors as this can differ.

Therefore, to have complete peace of mind and know that you are dealing with a qualified company/surveyor you should ensure that the organisation you instruct is a member of the Property Care Association and that the surveyor carrying out the damp and timber survey holds the CSRT qualification.

Rest assured that we are fully qualified, so please feel free to contact us today to speak to a member of our friendly team.

What qualification should a specialist independent damp and timber surveyor hold?

The only qualification to state a person is a damp and timber specialist surveyor is the CSRT or CSTDB qualification. CSRT stands for Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments and has been recently rebranded to CSTDB Certificated Surveyor of Timber and Dampness in Buildings for newly qualified surveyors. CSRT and CSTDB both are the same qualifications but the introduction of CSTDB has been introduced to ‘re-brand’ the qualification to help the consumers understand the surveyor’s expertise.

Typically, a surveyor holding the CSRT qualification has been in the damp and timber industry longer and usually has more experience within the specialist field. Therefore, you may wish to seek your advice from a more experienced surveyor.

What does a damp and timber surveyor do?

A damp and timber surveyors job (subject to instructions) is to investigate the possible presence of internal dampness within a building and investigate the possible presence of Woodworm, Dry Rot and Wet Rot. These investigations quite commonly are a result of further investigation recommended after a building survey report.

What is a damp and timber survey scope document?

When booking in a damp and timber survey, it is important to clarify what and where you would like inspecting as our damp and/or timber survey will be carried out subject to your instructions. These instructions will be formally written and sent out to you in a document called a Survey Scope.

This document will detail limitations and restrictions of our survey and importantly clarify your instructions before the damp and/or timber survey is carried out. You will also get the opportunity to ask questions and/or clarify the scope of the survey prior to the inspection, to ensure that it meets all your requirements. If at any point prior to the survey being undertaken you have any queries, a member of our team will happily discuss anything with you to put your mind at ease.

The Simple Guide Through The Damp and Timber Survey Report Process…

Your first step, call your local telephone number or use the online damp and timber survey enquiry button. A friendly and helpful Damp Pro member will then advise and recommend the appropriate damp and/or timber survey that’s right for you and your needs.

After a few quick questions you will be given a damp and timber survey quotation over the phone with no obligation or pressure to go ahead with us.

After you have considered all your options and should you decide to go ahead with the survey, you will be provided with the earliest possible date and time that suits all parties involved i.e. Vendors, Estates Agents, Tenants and You our client. We can be  flexible with our damp and timber surveys and will try to please all parties involved however will always put our customers first.

An appointment will be arranged with our Specialist Remedial Surveyor who will either meet you at the property or organise to pick up a set of keys to access the property whenever convenient for the vendor/agents.

Prior to our damp and timber survey, usually a survey scope will be sent out to you via email detailing our inspection for you to confirm or inspection instructions. At this point if any instructions have been misinterpreted you should contact us immediately for clarification and amendment.

The damp and timber survey would then be carried out at the agreed time and date following your instructions detailed within our damp and timber survey scope.

At this point the survey notes will be prepared and passed into the office. The report will then be compiled describing the observations made on the day of the damp and timber survey after which recommending any relevant works/treatments. Should you have any questions once you have received your damp and timber report the surveyor's contact details will be present on the report for you to contact him directly with any questions relating to the damp and timber report.

This whole process of carrying out the damp and timber survey, finalising notes, passing the notes on to the office and compiling the damp and timber report usually takes up to five working days. Once the report has been finalised the damp and timber report will then be sent to you via email.

Who Does Damp Pro Carry Out Damp and Timber Surveys for?

Our specialist damp and timber surveyor carries out damp and timber surveys throughout Manchester, guiding homeowners with damp and/or timber problems or through the selling/re-mortgaging of their property. People looking to purchase a property, first time buyers, clients moving up the property ladder, investors, landlords, property professionals such as architects, surveyors, housing associations, English Heritage to name just a few. All of which benefit from our damp and timber survey reports.

How to choose the right Damp Proofing, Woodworm Treatment and Dry Rot Eradication Company in Manchester?

Two Important Credentials a damp and timber specialist should have…

  • Independent Damp and Timber Specialist Company Registered through the Property Care Association (PCA).
  • A CSRT Surveyor Carrying out your damp and timber survey. CSRT stands for Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments.

Avoid the pitfalls of unqualified advice…Please check company and surveyor credentials.

Why Damp and Timber Surveys are needed…

  1. Mortgage Purposes – Pre Purchase of a Property.
  2. Re-mortgage Purposes – Equity Release Schemes.
  3. Tenants complaining of damp.
  4. Restoration of a building.
  5. Spontaneous damp, timber decay and/or infestation problems.
  6. Conflicting Advice from Damp and Timber Contractor Quotations.
  7. Reoccurring damp and timber problems… Getting to the root of the problem.
  8. Wanting expert advice from a damp and timber specialist not a builder.

Damp Proofing in Manchester

Does Rising Damp Exist?

Rising Damp does exist, however it has to be under the right circumstances. The majority of time rising damp is misdiagnosed by damp proofing contractors in Manchester and across the British Isles to sell products such as a damp proof courses and a make profit for the damp proofing company.

The true matter of the fact is that rising damp can only be diagnosed under laboratory analysis and surveyors carrying out damp surveys in Manchester and throughout the UK are diagnosing non-destructively with the use of a moisture meter which can only provide an indication of salt contamination.

This is where the problem lies. Moisture meters were not designed to be used as a diagnostic tool to diagnose rising damp in masonry. They are designed to take a moisture content equivalent out of timber. However, over the years they have been widely used to determine salt distribution across the surface of damp walls using the conductivity of the salts in the damp walls.

This method of testing provides qualitative results and in the correct qualified hands and using good old fashioned common sense will get to the root of the problem when analysing meter reading distribution across damp wall surfaces and assessing the environment with other pieces of equipment.

Typically, if you take rising damp out of the equation and examine walls externally and internally for common faults, you would get to the root of the problem as to why a wall is damp, which would consequently provide an accurate diagnosis. Further intrusive investigation may be needed if the common faults are not apparent however on most occasions this isn’t needed by using an experienced qualified surveyor as most of the time the damp proof course is being bridged or you are dealing with condensation and/or another source of dampness.

If you take rising damp out of the equation when conducting damp surveys in properties throughout Manchester and UK, you normally get to the root of the problem with the use of good surveying techniques. The most important surveying tool a surveyor has, is his/her eyes and the key is to look out for obvious defects which could be giving the perception of rising damp. Defective rainwater goods, high ground levels, defective brickwork pointing and cracked render, to name but a few can easily give you high readings internally to wall surfaces and give the perception that rising damp is present.

A lot of dampness found in properties in Manchester and the UK tends to be condensation, penetrating dampness from external defects or most commonly low level dampness due to bridging of the damp proof course level.

This is where our independent damp proofing specialist surveyor comes in. As a qualified independent building preservation surveyor (CSRT qualified) his job is to survey for dampness in buildings, locate the damp proof course (if visible) and look for other defects that may be contributing to dampness in the building getting to the root of the problem rather than blanket treatment recommendations such as recommending a new damp proof course, which would only  mask the problem for a few years (after spending hundreds even thousands of pounds on damp proofing works) to then be told by a damp proof contractor upon re-inspection of the building under the damp proofing guarantee for example, that it is high ground levels causing the problem or a leaking gutter which then invalidates your guarantee and puts you back in the predicament you were in to start with.

Our goal at Damp Pro is to help save our clients’ money and time to prevent the unnecessary use of damp proofing treatments.

If you would like further advice regarding damp proofing in Manchester, please feel free to contact us.

Rising Damp Diagnosis

What did the British Research Establishment (BRE) say?

“The first step must be to check for an existing damp-proof course (dpc). The Public Health Act of 1875 introduced the requirement of a dpc in walls to prevent rising damp. The adoption of this Act into local bylaws took some time, though some enlightened builders were already providing a dpc before 1875.”

“If the building has a dpc, it is unlikely that is has failed as most dpc materials have a very long life.”

“When examining for the presence of a dpc, the possibility that the dpc has been bridged should be checked.”

The above statements are from BRE Digest DG 245 2007 Edition - Rising Damp in Walls Diagnosis and treatment.

With this in mind, we think it would be quite fair to say that the majority of the housing stock in Manchester and the UK are post 1875 and are very likely to have a physical damp proof course present under the public health act and should not have rising damp problems and/or a breakdown of the damp proof course. So why have a new one installed?!

These statements have come from published UK professional articles which completely contradict most surveyor’s/companies observations and recommendations. So it is very important to remember, when carrying out damp surveys that rising damp is very unlikely to be present. More often than not, dampness is present purely by a bridged damp proof course level and/or another source of moisture which can easily be remedied through basic building maintenance. This is where our independent damp surveys come in, saving our customers hundreds often thousands of pounds on unnecessary chemical damp proof course injection installation, let alone the mess and upheaval!

Damp Walls

Many homeowners across Manchester and the UK have come across some form of dampness in one form or another. Whether that be mould growth from condensation, penetrating damp, lateral damp or rising damp. It can be very uncomfortable to live with and can cause blistering of paint, decorative spoiling and a musty smell. It is crucial to have a damp wall investigated by a professional damp proofing company to prevent further deterioration of the wall(s) and other linked problems such as the onset of timber decay and beetle infestation.

Problems with damp walls?

Damp walls can be unsightly, have a negative impact on the atmosphere of a room and can sometimes impact the health of the young, elderly and people suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma. The longer you leave a damp wall(s) in situ it also increases the chance of further timber related issues and could lead to additional costs and damp proofing works to treat a damp wall. You should seek professional advice from a damp proofing specialist as soon as damp walls become apparent.

What causes damp walls?

Damp walls can be caused by many issues. The most common problems are penetrating damp from an external defect, a leak from a plumbing defect, condensation from high humidity within a building, lateral dampness from walls that are soil retaining and salt dampness to chimney breasts due to the presence of soot (which usually contains hygroscopic salts) from the burning of fossil fuels within the flue. To identify which source of dampness is causing a damp wall, an experienced CSRT qualified surveyor must rule out all sources of moisture before concluding on a diagnosis.

What is damp proofing?

Damp proofing is a generic term given to methods of preventing moisture into buildings. Damp proofing can come in many forms such as a physical damp proof course (DPC), chemical damp proof course, damp proof membrane (DPM), water proofing and tanking. However, the most important thing is to determine what source of moisture is present before damp proofing works are carried out.

What is a Damp Proof Course?

A damp proof course (DPC) is a horizontal barrier installed in a wall during its construction. The installation of a damp proof course is to prevent the upward movement of moisture (Rising Damp) in a wall structure. By preventing this moisture entering the building this will prevent the deterioration of internal wall finishes and help prevent timber related issues such as timber decay to the adjacent timbers.

Do I need a new damp proof course?

This is very unlikely, however we would always recommend you seek independent advice and a damp survey by a CSRT Surveyor. Always remember that damp proof courses rarely fail.

Do I need to remove salt contaminated plasterwork during damp proofing works?

Yes, the reason being is that if plasterwork is contaminated with hygroscopic salts then these salts within plasterwork will always absorb humidity from the atmosphere and become damp (soluble). Which will inevitably leave you with a damp wall surface.

Why are hygroscopic salts in buildings?

Hygroscopic salts normally nitrates and chlorides can be found within plasterwork and masonry within buildings. They are promoted into a building usually through a damp problem. You can find hygroscopic salts within chimney breasts due to the combustion of fossil fuels which can cause salt damp issues on the surfaces of chimney breasts and abutting walls/ceilings. The term hygroscopic is used to describe the ability of salts to absorb humidity from the atmosphere. Once these salts absorb this humidity they usually become damp to touch and the salt contaminated area will become darker to the eye. These salts cause decorative spoiling and are the main reason for re-plastering damp walls.

What is a damp proof membrane?

A damp proof membrane is an impervious barrier typically placed in a solid floor to prevent the upward movement of moisture within a floor slab. These membranes are made of high density polyethylene and would usually be laid within a new concrete floor in once piece to prevent the upward movement of moisture within a floor.

Why Damp Proof a Wall?

Initially it would be to prevent decorative spoiling which has become apparent visually, but fundamentally it is to prevent the deterioration of the building. Damp proofing a wall can come in various forms depending on the construction and materials present which forms the wall. When damp proofing damp walls it is crucial that the source of dampness is diagnosed and that the correct method of remedial treatment is being carried out. This is where you should instruct an appropriate qualified surveyor to diagnose and recommend the appropriate damp proofing treatments.

Finding a qualified damp proofing contractor in Manchester?

As we are independent surveyors we cannot recommend a specific damp proofing and timber treatment company. However, we would always recommend visiting the Property Care Association website if damp proofing works are found to be necessary to look up damp proofing contractors by using their postcode checker. Most of the time, damp proofing works are not found to be necessary and any works required can be carried out by a general builder.

How do I know I’m using a qualified independent damp proofing/damp surveyor?

Initially it would be best to ensure that the damp proofing surveyor holds the CSRT qualification. After which you should ensure the surveyor is registered through the Property Care Association (PCA). Rest assured, here at Damp Pro we are fully qualified and registered through the Property Care Association.

Who is the Property Care Association (PCA)?

The PCA are the governing body of the damp proofing and timber treatment industry. Members of the PCA are fully qualified, insured and are competent to carry out damp surveys and damp proofing works in buildings. To become a member of the PCA you must hold relevant qualifications in the sector you are applying to become a member of. You need to have been trading for a minimum of two years and demonstrate that you are fully competent to do the job. To maintain high standards members are audited annually to ensure high standards are met and that members are complying to the PCA code of conduct. If a person/company does not meet standards, then they would either be rejected at the application stage or removed from the Association.

Free Damp Proofing Survey in Manchester

Many damp proofing companies offer free damp proofing surveys or low cost surveys around £90-£150.00. With these damp surveys you cannot be guaranteed a qualified surveyor or even someone who is actually a damp specialist. They may be carried out by damp proofing contractors or building contractors to achieve a damp proofing contract. Most of these damp surveys may also be carried out by commission based surveyors who need to achieve their monthly targets. So the question you should ask yourself is what is free in the world these days? How does a company with overheads afford to send out qualified surveyors at such a low/no cost? They can’t, is the real answer. There must be an end goal which is likely to be a damp proofing contract which could be worth thousands of pounds. So a lot of the time damp proofing works are mis-sold and/or recommended when not necessary at all. Quite often even, sales tactics are used to pressurise a customer at the time of the damp survey or follow up calls to push acceptance damp proofing works. This in a nutshell is wrong and a lot of the time it is the most vulnerable in society that suffers. Rest assured this is not how we operate as we have nothing to sell our customers and are looking to help save our customers money and upheaval of damp proofing treatments in Manchester and the UK.

Woodworm Treatment in Manchester

Treatment for woodworm in properties can vary quite significantly and in some cases not even be necessary. Woodworm can be found in many properties throughout Manchester; however the key to treating woodworm infestations is to actually know whether or not the woodworm evidence is historic or active. Or if the beetle infestation requires any treatment at all!! When these two simple points are determined by our qualified CSRT surveyor, it could result in saving you hundreds, even thousands of pounds on unnecessary woodworm treatments. Woodworm infestations can be isolated to one room or can become well established throughout the whole of a building and can cause significant structural damage. Therefore, if you find evidence of a suspect Woodworm Infestation, it is crucial to get qualified advice by a Woodworm specialist holding the CSRT qualification to avoid the wrong diagnosis and treatments.

When having a Woodworm survey carried out, three simple questions need to be answered…

1) "Is the woodworm infestation active or historic?"

2) "Does the woodworm species require treatment?"

3) “Is there any structural damage?”

For more information regarding woodworm surveys and treatment in Manchester, please feel free to contact our office on 0161 363 0006 to speak to a friendly, helpful member of our team.

Dry Rot Diagnosis & Treatment in Manchester

Dry Rot is a serious fungal infection that can be found in buildings throughout Manchester and the UK. Dry Rot can have a devastating effect on building s and can be very costly to treat and eradicate.

Dry Rot is a serious fungal infection that can spread throughout buildings, through masonry and behind plasterwork. It feeds on timber and has the ability to remove all structural integrity from timbers.

Specialist Dry Rot treatments are required to eradicate the fungal infection following strict specialist protocol. Any person(s) dealing with the infection should hold the CSRT qualification (Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) to ensure that the relevant and specialist Dry Rot Treatment procedures are being carried out. If the essential procedures are not carried out, the Dry Rot fungal infection is likely to reoccur.

When a Dry Rot outbreak has been identified it is essential that treatment is carried out as soon as possible to avoid further damage and further expense.

All Dry Rot surveys in Manchester are carried out by a fully qualified CSRT surveyor to provide you with the correct diagnosis and advice on treating and eradicating the Dry Rot fungus. When dealing with Dry Rot you should always use a qualified PCA member company and the survey should always be carried out by a CSRT surveyor. For a Dry Rot survey in Manchester, call us today to arrange and discuss a fully comprehensive timber survey by a qualified Dry Rot Specialist.

 

What is a damp and timber survey?

A damp and timber survey is an investigation into dampness, timber decay and woodboring insect attack within a building. Subject to your instructions, a CSRT surveyor would conduct a non-destructive damp survey, taking moisture meter profiles from accessible areas of walls within a property. These meter readings would then be assessed onsite to determine whether or not dampness is present and the root of the issue.

A moisture meter in the right qualified hands is an invaluable tool to aid the diagnosis of dampness in a building. In pre-purchase scenarios the use of sampling procedures, an intrusive method is usually not possible. Therefore an experienced qualified surveyor with a moisture meter can identify the source of dampness and pin point the root of the problem without intrusive measures.  

Once the source of dampness has been identified within the survey you will receive a full written damp and timber report providing observations and if necessary any recommendations to be carried out.

The timber side of the survey would investigate all readily accessible surfaces of timbers for any signs of timber decay and/or beetle infestation. If any defects are found then the structural integrity of the timbers would be accessed to determine whether or not timber treatments/replacement is needed.

If further investigation is needed i.e. an exposure survey to open up concealed areas, then this would be detailed in your report for you to evaluate and request permission from the vendor, if the survey was a pre-purchase damp and timber survey.

Once again all relevant observations and recommendations if necessary, will be noted and detailed within your damp and timber report.

 

Why is a damp and/or timber survey needed?

Usually these survey requests crop up during the selling and buying of a property, however is not uncommon to be requested from a property owner looking for accurate advise in regards to damp, timber decay and/or beetle infestation.

Common phrases used in valuation and homebuyer report:

  • Instruct a Property Care Association Member Damp and Timber Specialist to report on all internal dampness and timbers of the property.
  • Instruct a damp and timber specialist to inspect and report on dampness to the ground floor and sub-floor timbers.
  • High meter readings were recorded to ground floor walls, timbers in contact may be defective. Instruct a PCA registered damp and timber specialist to survey the property for rising dampness and further investigate timbers in contact with the walls for evidence of timber decay and/or beetle infestation.

These phrases are commonly used by lenders surveyors which can result in retentions being added onto mortgages until further investigation has been carried out by a damp and timber specialist. Which is where choosing the right specialist comes in to avoid unnecessary treatments and hopefully remove the retentions on the mortgages.

What you receive within a Damp Pro damp and timber survey report?

  • Description of property
  • Clarification of instructions
  • Full written report detailing observations of dampness and timber defects of the survey.
  • Recommendations if necessary for works to be carried out
  • Sketch Plans and Photographs if necessary.
  • Costings for works if requested and needed.
  • Contact number of surveyor for further questions.
  • Assurance of using a qualified damp and timber specialist.

Manchester Damp Proofing, Damp, Woodworm, & Dry Rot Specialists.

Specialist Damp & Timber Surveys Throughout Manchester

From the beginning we received positive feedback from all our Manchester clients, initially from the first phone call all the way through the damp and/or timber survey process, up to the day of the damp proofing, woodworm or dry rot treatments are carried out.

Damp Pro is here to help you with organising your damp and timber survey throughout Manchester. Once you have instructed us to carry out the damp and/or timber survey, our personnel will take it from there, contacting estate agents, vendors or whoever it may be, to arrange access to the property for the damp and/or timber survey to be carried out.

We understand that buying or selling a property is one of the most stressful times in the world, however once the instructions have been given, Damp Pro will provide you with a service you will not forget and hopefully recommend.

Our experienced Damp Pro personnel will help you through the buying or selling of the property, putting your mind at ease.

Many previous clients have come back to us and given us positive feedback informing us how we had saved them hundreds even thousands of pounds on unnecessary damp proofing, woodworm and dry rot eradication treatments.

This was achieved by our specialist damp and/or timber survey, carried out by our professional, knowledgeable and helpful damp and timber surveyor.

Our role is to correctly diagnose rising damp, woodworm, dry rot, wet rot and any other source of damp ingress and timber decay correctly, and provide you with a cost effective if not treatment free solution to eradicate the damp or timber decay problem you may have.

DAMP AND TIMBER SURVEYS IN MANCHESTER

A damp and timber survey is one of the most common instructions you will receive from a building surveyor’s report today when buying a property.

The initial thoughts going through your mind may be that the property is falling down, there might be timber decay or woodworm in the timber floors or the damp is so bad that thousands of pounds are going to have to be spent to rectify the problem.

Don’t Worry!! It may sound worse than it actually is! You have to understand that if a building surveyor picks up a high moisture meter reading in a wall or discovers some woodworm flight holes he has to instruct a PCA (Property Care Association) damp and timber specialist to investigate the extent of the damp ingress and the timber infestation and/or decay.

THE QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED ARE:-

What form of dampness has the surveyor picked up and does it require any treatment, if so to what extent ??
Is the woodworm infestation active or not, or does the wood boring insect in question require any treatment at all ??
Or is the suspect dry rot, actually wet rot and all that needs to be done is eliminate the source of moisture, cut out the wet rot infected timbers and replace them with pretreated timbers of the same dimensions, at the same time isolating them from the masonry with a Damp Proof Membrane ??
We must stress that the correct diagnosis of damp, woodworm and wet/dry rot is most important to achieve the best possible outcome. This can be achieved by instructing a specialist damp and timber surveyor to carry out an extensive damp and timber survey on any damp ingress or timber decay problem you may have.

Our specialist damp and timber decay surveyor has been through years of studying and training to become a specialist damp and timber surveyor to carry out damp and timber surveys to PCA (Property Care Association) standards and to diagnose all forms of damp and timber decay correctly. Our specialist damp and timber surveyor will only recommend the correct damp proofing and timber treatments if any found to be necessary at all.

TIMBER SURVEY IN MANCHESTER

On the day of the timber survey, any timbers accessible will be inspected for woodworm infestation or timber decay (dry rot, wet rot). Depending on the accessibility, floor boards may be lifted with the vendor’s permission as long as they are loose enough without causing damage to the flooring. Subfloor timbers will be analysed for moisture content, beetle infestation, wet rot and dry rot as well as making sure there is adequate sub-floor ventilation to keep the timbers dry. Roof timbers will be inspected if safe access is available again inspecting the timbers for dry rot, wet rot or woodworm infestation. Once the timber survey has been carried out the timber report will be forwarded to you via email.

DAMP SURVEY IN MANCHESTER

On the day of the damp survey with the instructions received from the client, the specialist damp and timber surveyor will inspect all accessible walls at ground floor level for rising damp and any other source of dampness using an electric resistance meter, a non-destructive method for detecting rising damp. The surveyor will inspect the exterior of the property for high ground levels, which can lead to penetrating damp at low level and put any abutting timbers at risk of timber decay. External observations will be made and relevant comments on building defects such as roofing, guttering or external rendering will be made in the damp survey report. Once the damp survey has been carried out the damp report will be forwarded to you via email.

Why choose a damp and timber survey over a homebuyers report?

Initially, it would be the cost, a damp and timber survey can be carried out at a fraction of the price of a homebuyer’s survey. Most properties in the UK are constructed of brick/stonework and timber therefore a damp and timber survey will look at the property as a whole subject to instructions and inform you on any damp and timber issues that may be present. Normally a damp and timber survey is one of the last things to be carried out during the purchase of a house after paying for full structural and/or homebuyers’ surveys. These two surveys can be very costly and may only partially inform you of the cost/implications of what may be wrong with a building. It has become a common issue when people are in the middle of purchasing a property to have these costly surveys carried out followed by a specialist damp and timber survey to then find out that there is more than meets the eye. Dry Rot outbreaks, dampness and woodworm infestation for example, which can be costly to rectify. Often, once a potential buyer has found out about the damp and timber issue they may decide to pull out of a sale or in the worst case scenario not be able to obtain a mortgage on the property subject to the damp and timber report. This can be a costly situation for a property purchaser which could have been brought to their attention by just having a damp and timber survey carried out at the start of the purchase process, instead of paying for costly structural reports and homebuyers’ survey.

Top Survey Tip… If you are buying an older house, consider a damp and timber survey first. It could save you ££££’s on unnecessary surveys and at the end of the day prevent heart ache if a property falls through after weeks and months of planning the big move.

How to check if a Manchester based damp proofing and timber treatment contractor company is qualified?

Look out for the PCA logo on their website/ paperwork and cross reference their name/unique membership number with the Property Care Association Website. Or simply ask to see credentials of the company. Any PCA member, damp proofing and timber treatment company would be proud to present credentials as it is an honour to be part of the elite in the industry and very hard to achieve due to strict policies.

What is a damp proof course?

A damp proof course is a horizontal barrier inserted into a wall/structure to prevent the movement of upward capillary action (rising damp).

Is my property suffering from rising damp?

The chance that your property is suffering from rising damp is slim. There is a lot of moisture that can be found within a building not all of it is rising damp. It is very important that a damp survey is carried out to determine whether or not rising damp is present before you go down the route of damp proofing a wall.

Why do I have to pay for a damp and timber survey in Manchester?

No one works for free in this world today unfortunately. Our qualified damp and timber surveyor is providing a specialist service to you which is chargeable. The surveyor will provide you with second to none knowledge in regards to damp and timber problems followed by a damp and timber report. It costs damp proofing and timber treatment companies to send a qualified CSRT surveyors to you. For example, to name just a few overhead costs of a vehicle, fuel, insurances, time organising the survey and time compiling a damp and timber report not to forget the surveyors salary as well as office staffs wages who take a key role in the preparation of surveys and reports. So one would have to wonder how damp and timber companies offering free damp and timber surveys manage to do it!? The simple answer is by selling a product or make up problems that do not even exist.

Manchester Damp Proofing, Woodworm Treatments & Dry Rot Eradication Specialists

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Specialist Damp and timber surveys carried out in Manchester on a day to day basis and in areas such as :-

Certified Damp and timbers Surveyor carrying out damp and timber surveys throughout Manchester, Cheshire, Bolton and The Peak District.

Specialist PCA Registered Damp and timber survey reports carried out in the following areas…

Marple | Mossley | Oldham | Pendlebury | Radcliffe  | Rochdale  | Shaw | Stalybridge | Stockport | Swinton | Tottington | Urmston | Westhoughton | Wigan | Central Manchester | Central Manchester | Salford Quays | Cheetham Hill  | Crumpsall | Blackley | Harpurhey | Hazelhurst | Beswick | Billinge | Bolton | Bramhall | Bury | Castlefield | Newton Heath | Newton Heath | Openshaw  | Ardwick  | Longsight  | Fallowfield | Moss Side | Rusholme  | Hulme  | Trafford Park | Abbey Hey | Gorton | Burnage | Levenshulme | Didsbury | Withington | Chorlton-cum-Hardy | Wythenshaw | Wythenshaw | Walkden | Worsley | Collyhurst Edenfield | Ramsbottom | Holcombe Brooke | Atherton | Bolton | Bowdon | Bramhall | Bredbury | Cheadle Hulme | Droylsden | Failsworth | Farnworth | Gee Cross | Hazel Grove | Heald Green | Heaton Moor | Abram | Altrincham | Ashley | Ashton Under Lyne | Ashton-in-Makerfield | Ashton-under-Lyne | Atherton | Manchester | Manchester Airport | Marple | Mellor | Middleton | Millbrook | Moston | Mottram | Old Trafford | Oldham | Openshaw | Pendlebury | Platt Bridge | Prestwich |Radcliffe | Rochdale | Romiley | Rusholme | Saddleworth | Sale | Salford | Shevington | Stalybridge | Standish | Stockport | Stretford | Swinton | Trafford Park | Tyldesley | Uppermill | Urmston | Walkden | West Didsbury | Westhoughton | Whitefield | Wigan | Worsley | Wythenshawe | Altrincham | Ashton upon Mersey  | Ashton-in-Makerfield | Heywood | Horwich | Little Hulton | Littleborough | Manchester Chadderton | Cheadle | Cheadle Hulme | Cheetham | Cheetham Hill | Countywide | Crumpsall | Davyhulme | Denshaw | Denton | Didsbury | Disley | Droylsden | Dukinfield | Eccles | Failsworth | Fallowfield | Flixton | Gatley | Haigh | Hale | Hale Barns | Handforth | Hazel Grove | Heywood | Hindley | Horwich | Hyde | Ince | Kearsley | Littleborough | Woodhey | Nuttall | Brookbottoms | Chatterton | Bank Lane | Peel Brow | Strongstry | Shuttleworth & Higher Stubbins |  Astley Bridge| Sharples | Doffcocker| Smithills | Halliwell | Bank Top | Hall i’ th’ Wood | Brownlow Fold | Smithills Dean | Springfield | Tonge Fold | Cope Bank | Markland Hill | Heaton & Eagley | Ainsworth | Castle Brow | Tonge Moor | Thicketford Brow | Top o’ th’ Brow | Breightmet | Bradley Fold | Bradshaw & Harwood Daubhill | Burnden | Knutshaw Bridge | Darcy Lever | Hunger Hill | Deane | Nob End | Great Lever & Little Lever | Farnworth | Scott Lane End | Moses Gate | Harper Green | New Bury | Dixon Green & Kearsley | Westhoughton | Four Gates | The Pungle | Hosker’s Nook | Chequerbent | Over Hulton & Wingates | Adlington | Blackrod | Chew Moor | Horwich | Lostock Junction| Botton ‘o th’ Moor| & Rivington | Belmont | Eagley | Dunscar | Chapeltown | Edgworth | Egerton | Toppings | Bromley Cross | Cox Green & Turton Bottoms Greenmount | Hawkshaw | Woolfold | Owler Barrow | Walshaw & Tottington | Bury | Baldingstone | Redvales | Nangreaves| Rowlands| Fishpool | Hollins| Limefield | Carr Bank | Limefield | Gigg | Burrs | Seedfield | Hollins | Longsight | Rusholme Owens Park & Fallowfield | Hulme  City Park & Old Trafford | Trafford Park | Dumpligton | Wharfside & Newbridge Abbey Hey & Gorton | Levenshulme | Green End| Burnage & Ladybarn | Didsbury | West Disbury | Northenden & Withington|  Cholton-cum-Hardy & Barlow Moor | Wythenshawe | Peel Hall | Sharston | Moss Nook | Woodhouse park| Poundswick & Benchill| Wythenshawe | Newall Green | Northern Moor & Baguley | Higher Boarshaw | Stanycliffe | Sunnybank | Unsworth | Fernhill | Summerseat | Woodgate Hill | Old Birtle | Fairfield | Jericho | Topping Fold | Blackford Bridge | Pimhole | Heap Bridge & Walmersley| Ordsall & New Windsor | Salford | | Ringley | Ringley Fold | Stoneclough | Outwood | Chapel Field & Prestolee |  Salford | Pendlebury | Clifton | Clifton Green | Clifton Junction | Newtown | Moorside | Deans | Broadoak Park | Dales Brow | Light Bourne Green | Swinton Park & Swinton | Salford | Boothstown | Walkden | Ellenbrook | Hazelhurst | Egerton Park | Broadoak | Eccles | Irlam o’ th’ Heights | Brindle Heath | Charlestown | Pendleton | Wallness & Seedley | Kersall | Lower Kersall | Broughton & Broughton Park | Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall | Harpurhey | Collyhurst | Bowker Vale| Charlestown | Blackley & Higher Blackley |  Openshaw | Bradford & Beswick | Ardwick & Levenshulme |  Stake Hill | Slattocks | Rhodes | Rhodes Green | Limefield | Alkrington | Moorclose | Jumbo | Middleton Junction & Middleton | Prestwich | Rainsough | Hilton Park | Sedgely Park | Heaton Park & Simister  Radcliffe | Black Lane | Hill Top | Linnyshaw | Mosley Common| Whittle Brook & Worsley  Wigan - Astley Green | Higher Green| Shakerley | Gin Pit | Lark Hill | Blackmoor | Astley | Town Lane| Parr Brow & Tyldesley Salford | Eccles | Monton | Westwood Park | Ellesmere Park | Peel Green | Barton Moss | | Tame water | Wall Hill | Castleshaw Moor | Greenfield | Lower Arthurs | Tunstead & Uppermill.  Grasscroft | Moorside | Top o’ th’ Meadows | Watersheddings | Lees | Salem| County End | Low Side| Holts | Pitses | Mumps | Woodbrook | Grasscroft | Grotton | Lydgate | Quick | Moorhey | Greenacres & Clarksfield.  Tameside Micklehurst | Roaches | Quickwood | Woodend | Mossley Brow | Bottoms | Mossley Cross & Mossley.  Ashton | Hurst Knoll | Smallshaw | Patricroft & Winton. Carrington & Partington.  Trafford | Stretford | Mossfield & Gorse Hill. Ashton-upon-Mersey | Brooklands | Sale| Tameside | Audenshaw | Denton| Haughton Green.  Oldham| Failsworth | Street End | Woodhouses | Daisy Nook & Holt Lane End.  Little Hulton & Walkden.  Moston | Newton Heath | Miles Platting Collyhurst & New Moston| Trafford Woods End | Calder Bank | Flixton | Davyhulme | Crofts Bank & Urmston | Tameside | Droylsden | Fairfield | Medlock Vale | Little Moss & Greenside. Cadishead & Irlam.  Bury | Whitefield | Park Lane | Bess o’ th’ Barn | Oak Bank | Kirkhams & Lily Hill.  Atherton | How Bridge & Hindsford.  Salford & Salford Quays | Weaste & Little Bolton.   Collyhurst. Chadderton |  Oldham Edge | West Hulme | Broadbent | Sholver & Spring Hill.   Crompton Fold | Heyside | Haggate | Thorpe | Oozewood | Luzley brook | Hanging Chadder | Gravel Gove | Royley | Holden Fold | Clough | Dog Hill | Low Crompton| Royton & Shaw.  Bleak Hey Nook| Delph| Denshaw | Dacres | Diggle | Dobcross | Bleakedgate MoorHazelhurst | Cockbrook | Higher Hartshead | Luzley & Hurst.  Ashton-under-Lyne | Guide Bridge | Limehurst | Waterloo | Crowhill and Charlestown. Bardsley | Coppice | Hollins | Hathershaw | Copster Hill | Alexandra Park | Glodwick Brook | Fenny Hill | Alt | Fitton Hill | Hollins Green | Moss Grove | Lime Gate & Lime Side. Chadderton | Thatch Leach | Factory Fold | Stock Brook | Compstall | Marple | Marple Bridge | Hawk Green | Cote Green | Lane Ends | Mellor | Ludworth Moor | Doodfield | Ley Hey Park | & Romiley.  Bramhall | Bramhall Park | Bramhall Moor | Norbury Moor | Hazel Grove | & Woodford.  Stockport | Cheadle | Cheadle Hulme | Gatley & Heald Green.   Styal | Handforth | Wilmslow & Alderley Edge. Poynton| Disley| Lyme Park| Middlewood| Hockley| Newtown & New Mills.  Derbyshire| Glossop| Dinting| Chisworth| Higher Chisworth| Simmondley| Charlestown & Hadfield.  Broadbottom| Charlesworth| Chisworth| Gee Cross| Hadfield| Hollingworth| Flowery Field| Hyde| Mottram in Longdendale| Newton| Hattersley| Hodgefold & Tintwistle| Gee Cross.  Stalybridge| Stamford Park| Hydes| Heyrod| MillbookWaterbarn| Brandwood| Nun Hills and Rake Head  Ramsden Wood| Walsden & Bottomley. Calderbrook| Ealees| Clough| Smithybridge|  Hollingworth| Holingworth Lake| Rakewood| Stubley| Dearnley| Littleborough & Summit. FirgroveCowhill| Westwood| Alder Root| Cold Hurst| North Moor & White Gate. Rochdale| Heywood| Darhill| Prettywood| Back o’ th’ Moss| Hooley Bridge| Birch| Simpson Clough| Hopwood| Captain Fold| and Broadfield. Bagslate Moor| Crimble| Marland| Greave| Culgate| Spotland| Trub| Sudden| Stoneyfield| Kirkholt| Broadhalgh| Balderstone & Castleton. Broadley| Cheesden| Norden| Healey| Shawclough| Millgate| Tong End| Shawforth| Syke| Wardle| Spotland| Whitworth| Wallbank| Lower Fold & Wolstenholme. Bacup| Stacksteads| Brinnington & Houldsworth| Bredbury| Lower Bredbury| Greave| Woodley| | Milnrow| Newhey| Greengate| Howarth Cross| Turf Hill| Lady House| Green Gate| Newhey| Haugh| Tunshill| Ogden| Burnedge| Newbold| Belfield| Clover Hall & Smallbridge. Stockport Cale Green| Great Moor| Stepping Hill| Woods Moor| Mile End| Heaviley & Offerton.  Adswood| Edgeley & Shaw Heath.   Heaton Moor| Heaton Mersey| Heaton Norris| Heaton Chapel| Lancashire Hill & South Reddish.  Reddish| North Reddish| | Spindle Point| Souracre| Oakwood| Brushes| Copley| Fern Bank| Swineshaw Moor & Carrbrook.  Dukinfield & Newton Wood. Croft| Culcheth| Glazebury| Hollins Green| Golborne| Hollins Green| Kenyon| Lane Head| Lowton| Lowton Common| Risley & Twiss Green.  Broomedge| Heatley| Lymm| Statham & Warburton.  Altrincham| Bowdon| Broadheath| Dunham Town| Dunham Massey| Rose Hill & Little Bollington.  Altrincham| Well Green| Ashley| Hale| Hale Barns & Timperley.  Marylebone| Whitley| Swinley| Water Heyes| Bottling Wood| Leyland Mill Brow| Whelley & Longshoot.  Abram| Aspull| Bryn Gates| Bickershaw| Crankwood| Bamfurlong| Haigh| Hindley| Hindley Green| Pennington Green| New Springs| Platt Bridge & Red Rock. Ince-in-Makerfield| Winstanley| Pennington| Leigh & Westleigh| Holland| Roby Mill| Bank Top & Walthew Green. Accrington | Adlington | Appley Bridge | Aughton | Aughton | Bacup | Barnoldswick | Blackburn | Blackpool | Bowland | Brinscall | Broughton  | Cross| Bryn & Garswood.  Billinge| Longshaw| Far Moor| Marsh Green| Gathurst| Kit Green| Laithwaite| Redwood|  | Colne | Coppull | Croston | Darwen | Dunsop Bridge | Earby | Eccleston | Fleetwood | Forton | Freckleton | Galgate | Garstang | Gisburn | Goosnargh | Great Eccleston | Great Harwood | Hambleton | Hesketh Bank | Hest Bank | Heysham | Hoghton | Hornby | Kirkham | Knott End | Lancaster | Leyland | Pemberton| Lamberhead Green| Worsley Hall| Chadwick Green & Orrell.  Appley Bridge| Hunger Hill| Robin Hood| Shevington| Shevington Moor| Mossy Lea| Standish| Crooke & Wrightington Bar.  Lately Common| Aspull Common| Landside| Higher Folds| Bedford| Hooton Gardens| Siddow Common| Dangerous Corner| Pickley Green| Tamer lane| Westleigh| Firs lane| Plank|  Burnley  | Carnforth | Catforth | Caton | Chipping | Chorley | Cleveleys | Clitheroe |Longridge | Longton | Lytham | Mawdesley | Mellor | Morecambe | Moss Side | Nelson | Ormskirk | Overton | Padiham | Parbold | Pendleton | Pilling | Poulton-le-Fylde | Ribchester | Samlesbury | Scaris-brick | Silverdale | Skelmersdale | Slaidburn | St Anne’s | St Michael’s | Standish | Tunstall | Turton | Up Holland | Weeton | Whalley | WhitworthNew Houses| Goose| Highfield| Scholes| Poolstock| Hawkley| Worsley Mesnes| Wallgate & Marus Bridge. Ashton-in-Makerfield| Downall Green| North Ashton| Ashton Cross| Rose Hill| Town Green| Stubshaw