We are independent surveyors whose only interest is finding
the true source of your damp problems.
We are not contractors or salespeople so have absolutely no vested interest when diagnosing the cause of your problem or any recommended remedial works.
Because of this we do charge a fee for our service.
Our reports are lender approved and conducted by an independent RICS Charterd Building Surveyor with PCA membership
and are accepted by all mortgage lenders.
We are aware that there are "Damp and Timber Specialists" offering either a free survey or to refund any fee charged against works they undertake.
It is questionable how accurate free advice given by someone who stands to make a healthy profit from alleged remedial works is.
Time and time again we are looking at property diagnosed by "specialist
contractors" as having a "failed damp proof course" to find the true source of the problem is something completely different, such as high external ground levels, leaking pipes,
An independent surveyor will find the true source and recommend appropriate, cost effective remedial works but has no vested interest in these works.
As a side note, it is interesting to look at quotes given by some contractors for installing a retrospective DPC and see a paragraph towards the end that reads something like
"client's builder to lower external ground levels, repair gutters, roofs and flashings, repair pervious brickwork and mortar joints, reseal window and door frames, repair cracked renders and employ condensation reduction measures as necessary"
Most of the time somewhere within this paragraph hides the real cause of the damp problem!!!