Are Damp Surveys a waste of money?Make Text Bigger
Before buying a property I got a Homebuyers survey done that identified some damp at the rear of the building. I’ve done a decent amount of research and I’m confident this is rising damp and not condensation.
This is what the report said.
“The type of damp proof course was not visible and mostly no evidence of dampness was found
inside the house which would have been caused by a faulty damp proof course. The exception to
this is the ground floor WC where there is dampness and the damp proof course has either
broken down or is non-existent to this area”
I’ve been told I need a Damp Specialist Surveyor to who have said:
“A condition check of any Chimney Stacks if present.
The condition of elevations including Pointing, Brickwork and Render deterioration if applicable etc.
The external ground levels in relation to the internal floor levels.
Internally for each room we undertake a detailed survey which includes:
A Moisture Content and Relative Damp assessment in order to ascertain any areas of interest on the walls and floors.
Salt analysis if required in order to ascertain if the moisture has originated from the ground.
Thermal Imaging survey to ascertain the extent of the damp, and potential source points and the causes of the damp.
Ascertain if there is any leakage from pipe work causing or adding to the damp.
At the end of the investigation the Surveyor will be able to tell you the causes of the damp issue(s), the extent, and make recommendations for rectification works”
I’m keen to protect my investment and pay for what is needed to avoid ongoing headaches but is a damp specialist survey necessary?
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