Frequently Asked Questions: Damp Surveys

Posted: 02nd September,2021


Do you have a question about a damp survey that you want answered before booking a survey? The answers below may well help but if you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.


We answer some of the most common and frequently asked questions on damp surveys with the help of our expert professional damp surveyors


What equipment do the surveyors use to conduct a damp survey?

All of our surveyors use the latest damp surveying equipment ranging from the Flir E60 BX and the Flir E54 which are top of the range thermal imaging cameras. They also use telescopic ladders and camera extension poles so they can gather as much information as possible from all areas of the property. 


How long does a damp survey take?

The length of a damp survey is very much dependent on the surveyors findings and the size of the property, for example if the surveyor is only assessing a lounge and a kitchen it should take anywhere between one hour and one and a half, however, if it is a 4 bedroom house it could be anywhere between two to four hours. 


What areas do your damp surveyors cover? 

We cover Greater London and the South of England with specialist damp survey offices in Uxbridge, Fareham, Dorset, Exeter, Bristol and Worcester. We cover all of the listed areas and surrounding areas. 


Do you undertake the works after the damp survey has been carried out?

As we are specialist independent damp surveyors, we do not work in conjunction with contractors, or builders, therefore we do not undertake the remedial works, but do list the specific works needed in the standard comprehensive report. This makes us unique in the way that we offer an unbiased, honest and reliastic report as we have no financial gain from any remidal work conducted following the outcome of our findings


Will I get a damp survey report afterwards?

After every single damp or mould survey that we conduct here at Alpine Surveys, within 48 hours you'll receive an indepth and detailed report explaining all of our surveyors findings and a list of recommendations for the rectification works. 


How much does a damp survey cost?

The cost of a damp survey varies depending on the size of the property and how many rooms need to be surveyed. Here at Alpine Surveys, we have pricing structures based on a single room right through to a full house survey, however, rest assured our prices are very competitive and reflect the quality and professionalism of our surveyors


How do I know if I need A Damp Survey?

If you have mould, condensation, black spots or damp wet patches on your internal or external walls it is very likely that you have a damp issue and should get it checked out by a qualified damp surveyor


Is Damp in my house bad for my health?

According to the NHS website some people are more sensitive than others, including:

  • babies and children
  • elderly people
  • those with existing skin problems, such as eczema
  • those with respiratory problems, such as allergies and asthma
  • those with a weakened immune system, such as those having chemotherapy

Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks.


Will having a Damp Survey solve my damp and condensation problems?

An independent professional damp survey will assess the cause of the damp and provide you with a detailed report by the buidling surveyor on how to remedy the damp and condensation in your home. However, we always advised against using a buildiing contractor to assess your damp problem or pot for a free damp survey. More often than not, buildiing contractors are not damp specialists and can in some cases make the issue considerably worse in the long term as well as wasting time and money. 


Do you offer a guarantee? 

We guarantee our reports will resolve your damp issues providing that you follow the advice provided in the report and any work advised to remedy the damp problem is completed by a reputable builder or repairer within a reasonable timeframe following our report.


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