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When looking for a damp surveyor, you’ll want to find one who can put your worries to rest. You’ll also want to find a budget-friendly one since this kind of specialist may come in after you’ve already consulted with a building surveyor or property surveyor. Luckily, there’s an efficient, easy-on-the-pocket way to find a damp surveyor: Airtasker!

Our platform lets you find several independent damp surveyors in minutes. Instead of having to ask or inquire through different websites (and explain the issue over and over to other surveyors), you’ll only need to post the details once. And since Airtasker asks for your location, there’s a better chance of you getting accommodated sooner since the Tasker may just be from your neighbourhood.

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Top Damp Surveyor related questions

How do you pass a damp survey?

To pass a damp survey, you’ll need to fix the problem areas mentioned by the surveyor. These can involve re-pointing, repairing gutters, fixing the roof, or damp proofing. Simply refer to the damp report written by the surveyor and commence the necessary repairs to pass the next damp survey.

How long does a damp survey take to come back?

It depends on the Tasker you hire, though it might only take a week or so for the report to arrive. This document contains a sketch of the property, photographs from the inspection, the details of the damp issue, and recommended solutions. You can also ask the damp surveyor to include a cost estimate for the repairs that need to be done to get rid of the damp problem.

How do you treat damp penetrating walls?

This depends on the cause of the penetrating damp. For porous bricks, you’ll require a water repellent treatment for the walls. Damaged brickwork, however, involves repair and waterproofing. Lastly, suppose the penetrating damp is caused by building defects like a damaged roof or broken window seal. In that case, you’ll need to consult with the appropriate repair specialist (e.g. roofing experts or window repair experts).

Can you sell a house with rising damp?

Yes, you may be able to sell it, but the damp problem will most likely affect its price, especially if the potential buyer asks an independent damp surveyor to conduct an inspection. Beware, though: a buyer who seeks financing may not be able to get it since banks generally won’t approve of a house with a damp problem. So if you plan to sell the house, try to look for a buyer who’ll pay the total amount in cash.

Does opening windows reduce damp?

Yes, doing this could help avoid mould growth and condensation in your home. But if you have a rather severe damp problem, it may not be enough. For example, the damp could be caused by broken window seals, a leaking pipe, or broken gutters. For the best results in reducing - and avoiding - damp, consult with a damp surveyor near you.

How quickly does damp spread?

It may depend on the kind of damp problem as well as the conditions around the structure. For example, rising damp can grow up to 1.5 metres if left untreated. As a rule of thumb, though, once you see (or smell) the signs of damp, it’s best to get a damp surveyor who can help you identify and treat the problem. 

What do a damp surveyor’s services include?

If you or a property surveyor have found damp problems in your building or home, it’s time to arrange a damp survey. This generally consists of the damp surveyor inspecting the structure, noting its overall condition, asking you questions about the damp problem and the property, and looking into various details such as how your building was built, signs of damp ingress, and cracks, and so on. It’s notably similar to a house or building survey, but this time the surveyor will specialise in your damp problem.

When you book an independent damp surveyor through Airtasker, you may expect them to do the following:

Damp survey: Initial assessment

The damp survey starts the moment the Tasker arrives at your location. They’ll look at the building, the type of land it’s on and takes note of what they observe and how it could relate to the damp problem. After this, the damp surveyor may ask a few questions regarding any previous damp treatments. 

Next, they may inform you that they will take pictures of the property, as this is necessary for the damp report. 

External inspection of your property

Next, the damp surveyor looks for defects and possible causes of the damp problem. They may look at construction detail, walls, cavity construction, external gutters, down-pipes, cracks, gaps, flashings, pointing, and so on. The Tasker usually checks for wall plaster deterioration, peeling wallpaper, musty smells, and mould growth. 

Internal inspection of your property

Next, the damp surveyor uses the data gathered from the external inspection to further probe into the issue. They usually use a damp meter to check for dampness in areas with no visual signs, assess the extent of the damp, and study the progression of the problem. Or, they may use a thermal imaging device to identify the kind of damp (rising damp, damp ingress from outdoors, or a leaking pipe you need to fix). 

This inspection is non-invasive, so you don’t need to worry about drilling holes or removing skirting boards. But, you will need to move the furniture to make the walls more accessible to the surveyor.  Once this is done, the damp surveyor interprets the cause of the damp and recommends solutions. A damp survey usually takes up to one day to complete. It may take up to five days to complete the survey for more severe problems or larger buildings. 

Creating a damp report

Typically, a damp report requires a property plan - you can give a copy of the blueprints to the Tasker or ask them to draw one up. The report may also include the pictures taken during the survey. More importantly, the damp report contains the cause of the damage, recommended solutions, and, if requested, a cost estimate for the repairs.