Damp Surveyors Plymouth

Damp specialists able to find solutions to your damp problems.

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Dan R
Homebuyer, Newton Abbot, Devon
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...efficient, professional and extremely friendly. He explained the potential issues and within 36hrs sent me a detailed report that explained the issues present. I would absolutely recommend this company!
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Homeowner, Devon
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....punctual and professional and provided not only a comprehensive report but also was able to offer the solution. I strongly recommend Damp Genius if your looking for an honest and professional assessment.
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Tom was great. Provided a comprehensive, clear report. Really thorough, professional and helpful. Would definitely recommend.
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Damp Genius are your local, specialist damp surveyors Plymouth. We can carry out comprehensive damp surveys across Plymouth on all types of houses from student lets in Mutley to historic stone properties around The Hoe and Barbican. Our damp and timber surveys are designed to find the causes of your damp issue and then explain to you clearly what the most sensible approach would be to solve it long term. 

Our Plymouth damp surveyors have bags of experience working in and around the city by the sea. We can help diagnose symptoms of rising damp, penetrating damp, mould and condensation using thermal imaging cameras, calcium carbide meters, salts analysis and a healthy dose of experience. All of our survey methods are detailed here. 

Properties in Plymouth suffer from a wide range of damp issues due to the vastly different construction methods used across the city. Condensation and mould are common problems within the post war buildings constructed around Keyham and Barne Barton. While around Mannamead and Lipson we find more issues caused by high ground levels or structural defects. 

Our damp surveyors cover the wider area so we frequently cross the bridge to cover Saltash, Liskeard and Launceston. Going the other way we cover Ivybridge, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. 

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Experienced Surveyors

Our principle surveyor has over 8 years experience surveying damp properties. The survey you will receive will be extremely detailed and include salts analysis, calcium carbide tests and thermal imaging as required. All damp surveyors hold the CSRT and CSSW.

No Sales Pressure

Finding the cause of damp is not always easy and there is no single solution to all damp problems. We charge a nominal fee so that we can investigate the damp fully with no pushy sales tactics.

Honest Solutions

When you have a free damp survey from a damp proofing contractor they have an agenda to generate business by selling a specific solution. Our aim is to give you an honest opinion on the damp - we will tell you if no works are needed.

What Can Damp Surveyors Plymouth Help With?

Our damp surveyors in and around Plymouth can inspect a wide range of damp and timber issues. All surveys start with gaining an understanding of the building design and construction as these impact how the dampness can be resolved. We understand that traditional, stone or solid brick built buildings do not behave the same way as modern cavity construction methods and should not be treated the same, this is a common mistake we see when damp proofing installers have done a ‘free’ survey. The surveys we carry out are far more detailed and scientific than those carried out for free, after all – you get what you pay for!

Damp at the base of the walls – commonly called rising damp and treated by using a chemical damp proof course injection. Sadly, this is often misdiagnosed or mis-sold so if you have been told that you need a new damp proof course then we recommend that you get a second opinion before having expensive works carried out. We carry out surveys in accordance with BRE245 so always look for other sources of moisture before making any recommendations. 

Timber defects – where there is dampness there is often woodworm or fungal decay like dry rot present. Naturally all of our damp surveyors in Plymouth will assess timbers as part of any damp survey. 

Penetrating damp – this is water ingress coming in through the walls (external and sometimes internal) plus the roof which leads to damage internally on your walls. 

Condensation and mould – a very common but tricky problem to solve. You may have tried keeping the windows open but find that the mould still keeps coming back. We assess the entire property to determine why the condensation is happening and how to solve it quickly and easily.  

Salt contamination – in Plymouth this often a cause of ongoing ‘damp’ problems on chimney breasts which seem to get wet whenever it is a wet day. Down in the South Hams we find that the many barn conversions often suffer with salt damage which is a throwback to the days when animals were kept in the buildings.   

Incorrect render or pointing – in historic buildings built pre World War 1 we often find that the wrong type of render or cement pointing has been used in the past. Cement renders and pointing can trap moisture in the walls leading to damp and condensation build up internally.    

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Our damp surveyors will look for high ground leading to damp internally
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Difficult to diagnose without a specialist damp survey

Solving damp problems can be tricky and an expert opinion can dramatically speed up the trial and error approach so often taken by homeowners. 

If you are selling a house and your purchaser has had a free damp survey come back with a large quote for ‘essential’ damp works then contact us before accepting a reduced offer. We charge for surveys so that we can investigate the issues without resorting to pushy sales tactics.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers people have about their survey.

How long does it take for me to get a report?

We aim to carry out the survey at a convenient time within 3 working days of your enquiry.  Once we have carried out the damp or timber survey we will write up a report and quote to send by email within 3 working days. We can do the reports within 48 hours for a small additional charge.

Do you charge for surveys?

Yes. Damp can be caused by so many things that you need an experienced expert to find the solution. We charge a nominal fee for surveys so that our time driving to the property, carrying out the survey and writing a report is covered. This fee is the reason we do not need to be pushy salespeople. The survey fee ranges from just £75 for homeowners up to £150 for a full damp and timber survey on a property being purchased. 

I'm buying a house - can you do a damp and timber survey on it?

Yes we can. Homebuyers surveys will often suggest a ‘Damp and Timber Specialist’ carries out a survey. The Damp Genius surveyor will be  qualified to CSRT and CSSW level as asked for by mortgage companies. We can even arrange to collect keys from the Estate Agents if you are unable to meet us at the property.

I am a tenant, can you do a survey for me?

Yes we can. However, we will need to get your landlords permission to do so. If this is a private landlord then you should ask them to contact us directly to make the arrangements. For social housing associations we work with a number of them so please feel free to ask them to book a survey with Damp Genius.

Do you fix rising damp problems?

Stephen Boniface, former chairman or RICS, has stated that true rising damp is a myth and chemically injected damp proof courses are a complete waste of money. Whilst we may not completely agree with this statement we do treat anything which looks like rising damp with caution. Very often a detailed survey will identify other issues which are leading to the damp, such as high ground levels, poorly ventilated sub floor voids, cracked render externally, leaks, blocked cavities, the wrong render used etc etc.

Can you quote for the work you recommend?

Yes we can. We install a huge range of damp proofing systems including damp proofing membranes, internal wall insulation, PIV systems, smart extract fans and specialist plaster. We also carry out a range of works to deal with any external issues that may be leading to the damp problem. 

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