Damp Surveys

Damp surveysH+R is an independent team of building professionals, specialist consultants and damp surveyors with over 30 years’ industry experience in building investigation and remedial specification for recently built or older and historic buildings.

We offer expert advice and assistance for any rising damp and timber decay issues affecting your private or commercial property. We recommend specialised and environmentally friendly solutions for the successful treatment of rising and penetrating damp, condensation and resultant mould growth and fungal and insect decay in buildings. Our proposed environmental control measures and monitoring techniques will be effective in dealing with any immediate problems and also ensure longer term protection.

Specialist damp surveys

Our specialist damp surveys are carried out to provide both detailed information and clear, actionable recommendations that can be implemented straight away to remedy any defects as part of the refurbishment of all types of affected buildings.

The assessment of how the building envelope and its internal environment are affected by moisture will take account of building materials, and construction methods, including any alterations, as well as the ground and surface drainage. Damp surveyors will investigate all signs of water penetration and visible damp presence and their possible causes:

  • Moisture and salt profiling of masonry, including sample analysis to establish hygroscopic and gravimetric moisture content, according to BRE Guidance Note 245
  • Investigation of residual moisture after flood or fire retained in building materials
  • Independent assessment of damp proof installations and systems, according to BS 8102:2009
  • Investigation of condensation risks, in accordance with British Standard 5250 and assessment of exposure to wind driven rain according to British Standard 5628

Minimally invasive techniques

Investigation of insulation and ventilation systems, including recording moisture levels of building elements and environment, in accordance with Building Regulations Parts C, F and L sensitive to a listed structure. Our minimally invasive damp surveys can be conducted with the help of, fibre optics and other electronic monitoring and measuring techniques. The survey report will detail our expert findings on the extent and causes of rising damp and penetrating damp detected in the building.

We then set out our professional recommendations for environmentally sound remediation measures that can be implemented immediately to manage the problem now and in the future. Building solutions typically involve dealing with moisture ingress and improving ventilation to prevent problems of ‘rising damp’ from reoccurring, and can be dealt with by a competent non-specialist building contractor. For remedial work carried out to our specifications, we can provide collateral warranties, which are backed by professional indemnity insurance.

In some circumstances, we recommend the installation of the H+R Curator® system for remote monitoring purposes to see how the building performs in all weather conditions throughout the year. A powerful tool for the effective management and maintenance of the building subsequent to successful remedial repair works, this is a professional building solution that can save time, materials and money in the long run.

Find out more

For expert advice and guidance on any rising damp problems you may have with your building, please contact one of H+R’s specialist damp surveyors in the South 01483 203221, East 01400 251169 or North 01457 762145, or email us at ei@handr.co.uk.