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Damp Surveys

We follow BS 7913: 2013 - "Guide to the conservation of historic buildings" when we undertake damp surveys.

Diagnosis of dampness in buildings must consist of a good knowledge of investigative technique and a sound understanding of building pathology and this takes years to learn.

Building pathology can be defined as a holistic approach to studying and understanding buildings, and in particular, building defects and associated remedial action. It is based on a detailed knowledge of how a building is designed, constructed, used and changed and the various ways by which its structural, material and environmental conditions can be affected.

Our remedies deal with the root cause of the problems associated with damp, they provide long term solutions by respecting the buildings original design principles and using building materials (lime mortars etc.) appropriate for repair work, which helps them breathe again.

We will never recommend the application of dense cement renders as this is inappropriate, unnecessary and causes irreversible damage to the walls it is applied to. So called ‘rising damp’ control systems serve only to mask problems. 

It may be that during a damp survey it becomes apparent  that a limited building survey may be required to investigate other issues which have come to light during the damp survey. In that case, and in consultation with the client, we would extend the damp survey to take in a limited condition survey for an agreed additional fee. 

Our damp surveys start at £220.00 and includes Carbide Testing and sample testing if necessary subject to the owners permission being obtained.


British Standard BS 7913:2013 contains numerous references to ‘competence’ in that surveys should be “Carried out by competent persons with knowledge of traditional materials, construction techniques and decay processes”. This experience can’t be gained by attending an in-house three day course. It goes on to say “Unbiased advice from competent persons based on best practice should be sought…