Damp Surveyors Torquay

Specialist damp surveyors 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!
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.
Homebuyer, Devon
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Tom was great. Provided a comprehensive, clear report. Really thorough, professional and helpful. Would definitely recommend.

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Do you need damp surveyors Torquay for a property you own or one you are buying? Our damp specialists can carry out comprehensive damp surveys on modern and period properties across Torbay. Our service will show you exactly why the damp is showing in the property and explain how it can be resolved so you can solve it long term. 

Our damp surveyors Torquay can investigate all types of damp including penetrating damp, possible rising damp, condensation and mould. If you have had another damp company diagnose rising damp, particularly if it was following a free or very cheap survey, and this diagnosis doesn’t make sense to you then contact us for an impartial second opinion before getting any expensive works carried out.

We live and work in Torquay and have carried out thousands of specialist damp surveys over the last 8 years. Our local knowledge gives us a great understanding of the various types of buildings present around the bay, from the modern new builds at the Willows to the older stone walled terraces of Babbacombe. Our damp surveyors cover the surrounding areas of Torbay such as Paignton, Brixham, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth. 

Condensation and mould is common in the many HMO’s present in Paignton and parts of Torquay. Our specialist damp surveyors will help you understand exactly what building adjustments need undertaking to ensure a dry building. 

damp surveyors torquay
damp surveyors torquay

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

We charge a nominal fee for our surveys so that our time is covered. Our surveys are far more detailed than other contractors and we promise not to use any 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 Torquay Help With?

The damp survey process starts with gaining a broad understanding of the damp issues present in the property and how the property is constructed. One of the biggest mistakes we see from well meaning damp proofing contractors is treating older stone walled properties in the same way as modern cavity wall structures; these types of buildings behave totally differently and managing damp problems also needs to be done differently. 

Damp at the base of the walls – Whilst this can be rising damp it is often caused by other factors and misdiagnosed as requiring a damp proof course injection. This is especially true of traditionally built homes which may have never had a damp proof course and do not need one. In accordance with BRE 245 we rule out all other sources of moisture first such as high ground levels, poor pointing, blocked cavities, and incorrect floor details. You can read our article on the  7 most common causes of rising damp for more information. 

damp surveyors torquay
damp surveyors torquay

Penetrating damp – typically through the external wall due to construction defects present such as cracked render or slipped roof tiles. 

Water leaks – from plumbing and drainage systems. These can be found almost anywhere in a building and often hidden from view.

Salts in the plaster can cause significant damage to the decorative surface over time. These salts are often hygroscopic which means they absorb water from the air continuing to cause problems for many years. We carry out salts analysis to identify the source of the salt. 

Condensation – this causes far more problems than people realise. In modern buildings on The Willows it is the most significant cause of internal damp and mould and, in older buildings, condensation can cause serious problems if the building has been cement rendered or cement pointed. We can recommend and supply excellent ventilation fans for solving condensation problems. 

Our specialist damp surveyors in Torquay will often find damp problems caused by incorrect pointing and render mixes used on stone built houses. This is common around the Babbacombe, Ellacombe and St Marychurch areas where older stone terraces are common. Many of these have prominent cement pointing which prevents the buildings from breathing. 

Contact us to make a damp survey booking. We can usually carry out the damp or timber survey within 5 working days anywhere around Torquay, Paignton or Brixham. Damp surveys are comprehensive and will include our opinion on timber if relevant. 

If you have already had a free damp survey carried out then we recommend you get a second opinion before having any expensive, perhaps unnecessary, damp proofing works carried out. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers people have about their damp survey.

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

We aim to carry out the damp 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. In order to provide an excellent service with professional, specialist damp advice we charge a nominal fee for damp surveys. This fee allows our damp surveyors to investigate the issues with no pressure to sell anything. Charges vary from £75 for homeowners up to £150 for full PCA damp and timber surveys. 

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 of 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 of damp proofing systems from a wide range of manufacturers these include: damp proofing membranes, tanking systems, cavity drain membranes, PIV systems and smart ventilation. Plus we can carry out many types of external works to solve the damp issue.   

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