Damp Surveys Gloucester

Alpine Surveys undertake detailed damp surveys throughout the Gloucestershire area

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    Alpine Surveys provide detailed, comprehensive damp survey reports in Gloucester and surrounding areas.

    Damp and Timber problems are becoming a growing concern for many homeowners in England due to the adverse weather conditions. 

    Alpine Surveys have been providing damp and timber surveys in and around the area of Gloucester for many years.

    We also provide damp surveys in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Stroud, Cheltenham, Chippenham, Cirencester and many other towns and villages in the area.

    With over 30 years surveying experience, Our damp surveys provide detailed reporting, along with guaranteed recommendations to resolve damp and timber issues within your home.

    Damp can cause many problems in properties, and if left untreated, could cause considerable damage to the structure of your building.

    More worryingly, is that damp and timber problems can cause health issues. Some health issues can include asthma, respiratory illnesses, headaches and skin rashes.

    Damp & Timber Survey

    Lovely company- needed a survey for the property I was buying. Very helpful staff and lovely surveyor. So pleased I found them- would recommend to anyone needing specialist support with a property

    Checkatrade Customer / Stroud, Gloucester

    Damp Survey

    Fantastic service from initial contact to completion. Reliable and friendly, but also professional and thorough. The report was produced and emailed the following day and contained a detailed, yet easy to understand, report with handy recommendations to fix any issues at the end.

    Checkatrade Customer / Chippenham, Gloucester

    We will always

    • Provide honest professional advice
    • Inform you of an arrival time for the surveyor
    • Thoroughly investigate the cause of damp
    • Use thermal imaging cameras
    • Provide helpful advice 
    • Present our findings in a report in a timely manner
    • List recommendations for the rectification of damp
    • Guarantee our reports
    • Offer ongoing support if required

    We will never

    • Sell you chemical injection treatments
    • Wrongfully diagnose your damp to sell you unnecessary services
    • Offer to replace your DPC (Damp Proof Course)
    • Sell you additional repair work
    • Be influenced by anyone else
    • Send an inexperienced damp surveyor to your property
    • Convince you Rising Damp is the problem!
    • Send a salesman to diagnose damp problems
    • Offer to carry out any works

    Damp Surveys Gloucester & How to Resolve Them

    There’s a correct way and a wrong way of resolving damp problems, don’t choose the wrong way!

    There are many companies that exist who will try to convince you that injecting chemicals, or replacing your DPC (Damp Proof Course) will resolve your damp problems.

    More often than not, these often unnecessary services are offered to the client without a damp expert carrying out a detailed professional assessment.

    Another method of selling your products and building work you may not need, is to convince you that you have rising damp. Rising damp is a myth!

    If rising damp existed, how is it then that Venice is still standing? Or why isn’t every timber made bridge in the land saturated with water?

    The correct way to eradicate damp in Gloucester towns!

    The correct way to completely eradicate damp and mould problems in Gloucester from a property, is to have a comprehensive and detailed damp survey carried out by a professional qualified building surveyor.

    Companies like Alpine Surveys, provide independent, unbiased and impartial reporting, there is no financial interest to sell you anything, following their detailed damp and timber survey.

    If the work is carried out in a reasonable time from the damp report being submitted to the client, Alpine Surveys guarantee that it will resolve the damp problems in the home.

    Questions & Answers on Damp Surveys

    How much is a damp survey?

    The cost of a damp survey in Gloucester varies depending on the size of the property, how many rooms it has, and how many areas of concern there are.

    Damp surveys offered for free, achieve only one goal, and that is to up-sell additional services or repair works, or damaging chemical DPC (Damp Proof Course) injection.

    These services are often unnecessary, or damaging to your home.

    Always use an independent damp surveyor, who will advise on the correct method to resolve your damp issues!

    Call: 0330 333 9238 for a free damp survey quote

    Will damp be picked up in a survey?

    A professional building surveyor will use thermal imaging equipment, such as a Flir thermal imaging camera to help him locate the source of the damp problem.

    During the damp survey, the damp surveyor will investigate the true cause of the damp and detail their findings in a comprehensive report along with cost effective recommendations.

    Are damp surveys free?

    There’s a saying that goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”. The same goes for free damp surveys.

    Some companies offer free damp surveys, but often you’ll find they are carried out but unqualified sales people, who’s intention it is to upsell another service or product, making the free damp survey worth their while.

    More often than not, a free damp survey will result in recommendations to have some type of damp proofing work carried out, either using chemicals, or some construction work.

    This is rarely needed and can cause unnecessary, and costly damage to your property. In fact, most damp issues can be resolved easily and with minimal cost.

    Will a dehumidifier get rid of my damp problem?

    A dehumidifier is designed to capture moisture by using a simple system that freezes the moist air, then collecting it into a sealed container.

    A dehumidifier alone may solve condensation issues but may not resolve damp problems, unless you have identified what caused the damp in the first place.

    An independent damp surveyor will be able to find the true cause of the damp problem in your home.

    Does rising damp really exist?

    The simple answer is no. Rising damp is a common phrase used by the chemical industry to make money selling chemicals that are unlikely to be needed in your home.

    If rising damp existed, wooden bridges would be rotten, houses in Venice would have deteriorated many years ago, and concrete bridges supported by pillars in water would be saturated.

    Rising damp is a fallacy, its nothing more than a myth. In fact, the former chairman of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Stephen Boniface, wrote an interesting article on the very subject.

    Can I sell a house with damp problems?

    The simple answer is yes, you can sell a house with damp issues in your home.

    However, the extent and severity of the damp problem may affect the market value of your property.

    If in any doubt, seek the advice from a professional independent damp expert, who will be able to advise on your options to remedy the damp issues.

    A damp surveyor will be able to provide useful advice that would resolve the damp issue, and may subsequently increase the asking price.

    What happens during a damp survey?

    The damp surveyor, or inspector, will first of all carry out a thorough inspection of the external areas of the property, including,

    • The roof
    • Guttering
    • Brickwork or stonework
    • The ground around the property
    • Deterioration
    • Windows and doors
    • Downpipes
    • Chimney

    He will also check internally for damp, focusing on all the rooms one at a time.

    As he moves from room to room, he will use a thermal imaging camera, along with his knowledge and experience, to detect for signs of damp.

    Areas of damp inspection internally include, (but not limited to)

    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Ceilings
    • Roof spaces
    • Basement
    • Kitchen
    • Bathrooms
    • Toilets
    • Windows
    • Doors
    • Garage
    How do I keep my house damp free?

    Damp is caused by a build up of moisture or condensation that has nowhere to go.

    To reduce damp and moisture in your home, ensure you have good ventilation. Ensure that extractor fans are working and adequate for the room.

    Avoid drying clothes in areas where there is no, or little ventilation. It is also advisable, when using a tumble dryer, to ensure adequate ventilation is provided.

    Most damp problems in Gloucester are caused by poor ventilation in the home.

    Why does everything feel damp in my house?

    A common form of damp is often caused by inadequate heating and ventilation.

    This occurs when household activities such as cooking, tumble drying or even showering, raises the level of humidity in the home.

    The warm air condenses on colder surfaces, such as windows and walls, creating condensation and moisture in the air, as well as on your clothes and furniture.

    How long does a damp and timber survey in Gloucester take to complete?

    The time it takes to carry out a damp & timber survey in Gloucester varies, depending on the size of the property.

    A typical 3 bedroom property takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete. The surveyor then requires another couple of hours to compile the report.

    What happens after the damp survey is completed?

    After a damp and/or timber survey in is complete, the surveyor compiles a detailed damp survey report, along with recommendations to rectify any damp issues found.

    Quite often, this requires only slight lifestyle changes within the home, despite other companies often recommending unnecessary, expensive repair work to be carried out.

    Once a professional damp specialist has provided the damp report, is then up to the homeowner to instruct a reputable contractor, or builder to carry out any of the recommendations within the damp report.

    Will my insurance cover damp problems?

    It’s unlikely your home insurer will cover your home for damp unless it has been specifically added to your policy.

    It is down to the owner to ensure the property is in good state of repair. If in doubt, contact your insurance company and enquire.

    Damp insurance cover may be an option that can be added to your policy, however, the insurer may ask for an independent damp survey to be carried out first.

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    For all your timber survey and building survey needs, Alpine Surveys is a company you can trust. 


      Alpine Surveys, Carters Way, Stroud, Gloucester GL6 0TP

      Web: www.alpinesurveys.co.uk

      Email: info@alpinesurveys.co.uk

      Tel: 0330 333 9238