AL Surveys

Damp Reports

There are various forms of decay which commonly affect the fabric of old buildings. Most of these can be attributed, in one way or another, to the presence of excessive dampness. Water containing impurities carried up from the soil or from the wall itself can attack building materials physically or chemically and damp conditions encourage the growth of wood rotting fungi, the infestation of timber by woodbooring insects and the corrosion of metals. Excessive dampness inside buildings can damage decorations and furniture and create conditions which are uncomfortable or harmful to the health of the occupants.

Period buildings built with solid walls require the ability to 'breathe' so that any dampness within the walls etc can easily evaporate naturally. Unfortunately many alterations can adversely affect this balance e.g. the application of modern cement renders externally or the installation of internal rendering at low level as a modern damp proofing method effectively seal the walls and prevent evaporation causing the dampness to remain within the fabric of the building potentially causing long term decay.

Our reports concentrate on were possible and necessary in recommending works or repairs that remove the source(s) of damp.

We have no financial incentive in making our recommendations and so offer an independent and professional alternative to damp proofing industry contractors.