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A damp survey is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to identify any existing or potential damp issues before they become major problems. Early detection allows for timely intervention and prevents further damage to the property.

Besides that, it is also important to know the type of damp that is present in a property so corrective measures can be taken. Some types of damp are more difficult to treat and may require specialist treatments, which can only be determined with the help of an experienced surveyor.

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Are you a property owner considering a commercial damp survey? If so, it's important to understand the crucial role that damp surveys play in detecting potential problems early.

A qualified damp surveyor can provide an expert analysis of your building and make sure any areas with the potential for damage are identified before they become expensive issues. In this guide, we'll put commercial damp surveys under the microscope, delving into what they involve and how to find the right surveyor for your property.

Here at Damp Surveryors LTD we can help you with all your damp survey needs. We provide a comprehensive service, checking the whole building for potential issues and highlighting any problems that may need to be addressed.

Our team of highly trained professionals are available 24/7 to give you advice and support on any questions you might have about commercial damp surveys. So don't hesitate to get in touch today for more information! 

What is a damp survey?

A damp survey, a comprehensive examination of the property, is conducted by a qualified surveyor to identify the presence, type, extent, and potential causes of dampness. The professional utilizes specialized equipment, such as damp meters, to measure moisture levels in various surfaces such as walls, floors, and others.

This meticulous process ensures a thorough assessment, providing valuable insights into the property's condition and aiding in the formulation of effective solutions for damp-related issues.

At Damp Surveyors LTD, we provide impartial, professional surveys to diagnose dampness in any domestic or commercial property. All our surveyors are certified and experienced, and we take pride in our high standards of workmanship.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord, we can help you with any questions you have about damp issues in your property as well as ensure the best course of action is taken if necessary. 

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How much does a damp survey cost?

The cost of a commercial damp survey can vary depending on the size and complexity of the property, as well as the location and the chosen surveying company. It is advisable to contact different surveyors to obtain quotes and compare prices.

However, as a rough estimate, a damp survey may cost between £300 and £500. The amount can increase or decrease depending on the complexity of the property and any additional services thAre you a property owner considering a commercial damp survey? If so, it's important to understand the crucial role that damp surveys play in detecting potential problems early.

A qualified damp surveyor can provide an expert analysis of your building and make sure any areas with the potential for damage are identified before they become expensive issues. In this guide, we'll put commercial damp surveys under the microscope, delving into what they involve and how to find the right surveyor for your property.

Here at Damp Surveryors LTD we can help you with all your damp survey needs. We provide a comprehensive service, checking the whole building for potential issues and highlighting any problems that may need to be addressed.

Our team of highly trained professionals are available 24/7 to give you advice and support on any questions you might have about commercial damp surveys. So don't hesitate to get in touch today for more information! 

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Who should I contact to book a damp survey?

To book a damp survey, it is recommended to contact a specialist damp surveyor or a reputable property surveying company that offers professional damp surveys. They will have the necessary expertise and equipment to provide a comprehensive assessment of your commercial property.

At Damp Surveyors Ltd we have a team of experienced surveyors, and we can provide you with an accurate damp report that outlines any areas of concern and the possible causes. We also offer specialist advice on ways to prevent or remedy damp problems in your property. Contact us today and book a survey online!

Types of damp

There are several types of damp that can affect commercial properties and that we can help you solve. Let’s see the most common ones.

Penetrating damp

Penetrating damp is caused by water seeping through walls, roofs, or windows. It can occur due to damaged or missing waterproofing materials, faulty plumbing, or poor drainage.

Rising damp

An increasing damp is a type of dampness that occurs when groundwater rises through porous building materials such as bricks or mortar. It is often characterized by damp patches on lower walls and a musty smell.

What are the signs of damp?

If you suspect that there may be damp in your property, here are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Musty odors.
  • Tinted or discolored walls and ceilings.
  • Peeling wallpaper or paint.
  • Stains on walls or ceilings.
  • Condensation on windows or walls.

If you detect any of these signs, it is important to investigate the cause of the damp and take appropriate action. It is also advisable to seek professional help if the problem persists. The longer the damp issue is left unaddressed, the more damage it can cause. 

Damp treatment options

Once a damp issue has been identified, there are several treatment options available:

  • Rising damp – injecting a special waterproofing fluid into the walls to prevent further ingress of moisture.
  • Condensation – reducing humidity levels in the home by using ventilation or dehumidifiers.
  • Mould – applying an anti-mould paint or sealant to the affected area and improving ventilation, if needed. 

Whichever method you choose, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and use any necessary safety equipment. In some cases, professional help may also be necessary. 

Benefits of hiring a damp surveyor

Hiring a qualified damp specialist offers several benefits. For example, a qualified surveyor has the expertise and knowledge to accurately identify and assess damp issues in commercial properties. Moreover, they can provide professional advice and recommend appropriate remedial measures.

First of all, they will start with a damp and timber survey. This involves a thorough inspection of the property to identify any damp-related issues as well as timber decay. The surveyor will assess the extent of the problems and provide a detailed report.

Once this is done, they will recommend the best course of action. This could involve undertaking some repairs and carrying out treatments such as tanking, damp proofing or re-plastering. They may also suggest other measures such as ventilation improvements, air circulation systems or water management solutions.

In the case of Damp Surveyors LTD, we offer a complete service from start to finish. We will always be on hand to provide advice, guidance and support throughout the remedial works so that you get the best possible result. We believe in providing our customers with a long-term solution that is both cost effective and safe for your property.

Rising damp treatment: how can you solve this problem?

If you're dealing with rising damp, you could install a chemical damp proof course. This is a physical barrier that prevents water from entering the walls of your property and causing damp issues. The treatment involves injecting a waterproofing solution into the base of the wall to create an invisible barrier between the brickwork and moisture.

Alternatively, if this isn't suitable for your property, tanking can be used instead. This involves applying a waterproof tanking system onto the wall, which will act as a barrier between moisture and the walls of your property too. You may also need to re-plaster any affected areas with damp proof plaster, and make sure that you keep an eye on ventilation levels inside your home in order to prevent condensation from forming. 

In any case, it is important to remember that in the case of commercial damp problems, hiring a professional damp proofer is essential in order to ensure the problem is dealt with properly, and quickly too.  

Dealing with dampness on your business? Request a damp survey!

Is your business dealing with unwanted dampness?

Don't waste hours trying to find the root of the problem by yourself. Our team of experienced professionals can inspect and advise you on how to properly deal with all types of rising, penetrating or condensation dampness in commercial buildings. We'll help identify the source and offer tested solutions that will save time and money. 

With our expert knowledge, we can quickly pinpoint any signs of early deterioration caused by a lack of ventilation or water ingress from outside sources such as faulty plumbing systems; even traces hidden deep within walls won’t be missed! Plus, upon completion you get an easy-to-understand report with photos detailing everything so you know exactly what needs fixing.  

Book an appointment today to have one of our surveyors investigate your commercial damp problems!

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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questons

 

How much does a commercial damp survey cost?

The cost of a commercial damp survey can vary depending on the size of the property and the extent of the damp issue. It's best to contact a damp proofing specialist to get a quote based on your specific requirements.

What are the signs of damp that I should look out for?

Some common signs of damp include damp stains or patches on walls, floors, or ceilings, musty odors, peeling wallpaper or paint, and the presence of mold or mildew. If you notice any of these signs, it's advisable to get a damp survey done.

How long does a commercial damp survey take?

The duration of a commercial damp survey can vary depending on the size of the property and the extent of specific damp problems. Generally, it takes a few hours to complete the survey, but it may take longer for larger properties.

What goes into a commercial damp report?

A commercial damp report is a comprehensive document that includes details of the survey findings, the extent of the damp problem, the cause of damp (when damp is present), and recommendations for treatment and prevention. It may also include details of any necessary repairs or remedial work (depending on the type of damp problem).

How can a commercial damp survey help when buying a property?

A commercial damp survey is essential when buying a property as it helps identify any existing damp or moisture-related issues. This information can be used to negotiate the price of the property and plan for any necessary repairs or treatments.

Can a commercial damp survey prevent damp issues in the future?

While a commercial damp survey cannot guarantee the prevention of damp or mould issues or damp penetration in the future, it can provide valuable insights into the cause of humidity and recommend measures to minimize the risk (after you request a survey). Regular maintenance and following the recommendations provided by the surveyor can help in preventing damp problems (for the property care).