Damp, Timber and Heritage House Surveys
Save thousands on low cost solutions to resolving property damp issues
Damp or mould in a property does not just happen coincidentally. It really doesn't! Conditions occur that create the damp.
Adrian, Building Surveyor specialises in heritage (traditional) solid wall properties.
Adrian identifies the problem (cause of the damp), and provides a solution (how to fix damp) and the indicative cost of repair.
Many Surveyors (including RICS) will write a descriptive report and advise home owners to get a damp specialist to look at it... and wait for it.... advise homeowners to inject the exterior with chemical injection (Wasting your money). Check out what they do in Holland, they build houses in water and do not suffer the detriment of damp (Summersgill, 2013)
Target Damp Survey
The Targeted Survey
is a service that pinpoints a specific issue. To obtain Building Surveyor advice with a debrief
Damp and timber problem.
Purchase/Selling a Heritage Home
Auction House Survey
Advice needed for Heritage Home
If the client requires a professionally written and photographic report.
Clients can choose to add a written report to the damp and timber survey service at an additional cost invoiced separately.
Additional report writing services are charged at £60+ VAT per hour.
All work in addition to the survey is invoiced separately.
The service is for 1 residential property
The Survey (2 hours) and the Debrief (1 hour). The Building Surveyor is flexible and can arrange a telephone call, zoom or other video media to discuss the issues. Typically debriefs take around 1 hour
What's not included: The Additional Report Writing where the Building Surveyor produces a photographic typed Digital Report which is a separate charge at £60+ VAT per hour depending on the extent of the detail required.
Hourly rates: for report writing is a fair method of charging and allows flexibility and property variation.
Report costs: invoiced separately to the survey cost and after the survey has taken place.
Please Note: A bounded printed copy of the report is an additional charge on top of the hourly rate, which can be ordered afterwards. There is no binding or postal charge for a digital copy therefore emailing the report will not incur an additional charge
Need more information about the survey/Report give Adrian a call on 07449944628 or complete the form at the bottom of the Renuntio website page
Heritage House Defect Surveys
Adrian deal with many defects beyond damp.
Why Choose Us?
Heritage House Restoration
Adrian advanced his practical and business skills further and became qualified, his degree is triple accredited, he is not only a Heritage Builder but is also a professional Heritage Building Surveyor. He was recognised by the National Surveying Company in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and awarded a special exceptional recognition as a Building Surveyor.
Rare: Heritage Builder and Heritage Surveyor
Damp Problems and Low Cost Solutions
Not knowing can be costly with long term damage and a waste of money if the wrong method is applied. Incorrect methods include dry lining, chemical injection and incorrect materials such as cement (Wilkinson, De Rose, Sullivan and Straube, 2009).
Do you think its wise to spend thousands of pounds?
Giving your money to so called damp busters, damp experts or whatever they name tag themselves?
We regularly speak to clients who are convinced that chemical injection of some outrageously expensive chemical cream solution into a wall will fix their damp and timber problem. Really!
Chemical cream can perhaps sound convincing to some.
Damp thrives in certain conditions and injecting cream is quite laughable because it does not change the conditions that causes the damp to thrive. Its all about science and moisture transfer perhaps people think chemical injection provides a barrier. It destroys the bricks and exacerbates the brick cracking, spalling and speeds up the process of deterioration, destroying the structure of your home.
A whole industry is built around this chemical cream injection concept and these damp busters do their very best to protect this industry!!!
Academics in Europe do laugh at such people in the UK! Therefore cream chemical does not prevent or resolve damp (Summersgill, 2013).
Save your money and your home by getting the right advice.
Building Surveying advice is a low cost solution as a starting point for using traditional methods which are low cost solutions and approaches not gizmos gadgets or products.
Does this look familiar? Damaged bricks ?
2 minute independent video about brick breathability
If it was breathable the bricks would not be damaged!
Damaged bricks are an Alarm bell because the moisture is now forced to move through the brick which becomes the softer material than the cement. The result is moisture movement and changes in temperature (climate) results in damaged bricks everywhere. The situation will get worse each year.
The solution is to repoint the mortar with the correct mortar mix or render it with the correct render mix.
This helps to resolve the damp issue in the property (Speweik, Old House Journal 1997)
Look at the difference (Sacrificial Lime)
The mortar is the correct mix and moisture transfer is occurring through the mortar. The bricks are not damaged or defaced. The traditional correct approach does not create a damp environment neither is it causing any structural damage to the bricks or solid wall.
Now that you know you will see damaged bricks everywhere.
Adrian and his team regularly repair, repoint bricks and render exterior walls. Adrian has his own heritage specialist restoration team. Call Adrian for more details 07449944628
Damp Experts, Damp Specialists and Chemical Injection
Property owners often ask us about chemical injection, damp companies, damp busters and 'Damp Experts' who charge thousands ££'s sometimes we hear as much as £15,000 for chemical treatments that claim to treat damp symptoms and promise to resolve rising damp. Remember the barrier that these chemical create do not solve the CAUSE of the damp, which remains hidden.
It is AMAZING how many home owners pay for this stuff!
50 years ago or more chemical wall injection was not available neither was it needed before Portland Cement was produced. Builders, brick-layers and Stone Masons created the correct conditions to ensure the damp did NOT to occur by using the correct materials.
See sacrificial lime and sacrificial brick to learn more (above)
A VIDEO example (below):
A client was offered chemical injection from a damp buster.
The client refused and contacted us.
Our advice provided a low cost solution and how to solve the CAUSE of the damp.
The property had a damp smell and what some refer to as rising damp which damp busters 'seek to sell' chemical wall injection.
We do not believe chemical wall injection works and it is a waste of your money.
The damp CAUSE was from cracked pipe deep under the floor.
What would chemical wall injection have done for solving the problem with a cracked pipe? Nothing! Not resolving the cause would causes long term issues.
Adrian Gill Mentor: Real Case Study Scenario Example
Damp and Mould Surveys in solid wall properties
Adrian offers a number of damp surveys including a remote damp survey which has been requested by clients.
Heritage Building Surveying Service for solid wall buildings of all archetypes. Services include damp and mould, heritage surveys, snagging surveys and pre-purchase inspections.
Contact Adrian using the form below
or call 07449944628
More about Adrian
This is where it begins to make sense for many clients.
Adrian = bricklayer = Stone Mason = lime plasterer = Building Surveyor. Understanding the building process, the mortar mix because he has mixed it in practice, built it and fixed it as a surveyor knowing the process from start to finish, detecting problems troubleshooting where others have used the wrong mortar mix!
One alarm bell or obvious warning sign is sacrificial brick. How many times do you see this in properties? Take a look, they are everywhere!
Low cost solutions for damp and mould
If you want to read more technical detail on Damp Surveys
But... Why is a Building Surveyor needed for Damp and Mould?
This means the British Standard (BS 5250) for treating moisture in buildings has been revised, it has been fully recognised by government that moisture related problems (damp and mould) in solid wall buildings relate to retrofit, increased insulation and reduced ventilation (BSI, 2020).
Solid wall buildings must be treated differently to cavity wall buildings.
Solid Wall Traditional Buildings
Damp Building Surveyor with 30 years building experience
Unique Combination: Building Surveying, Building and Advanced Craft
Adrian is fully qualified since the 1980's a bricklayer, stone mason and lime plasterer. Adrian fully understands the entire building process practically and theoretically his skills stand out. Adrian offers a surveying service, troubleshooting, a problem, solution that is beneficial to the client and the building.
Stop: Do not treat damp with chemical treatment
Warning: HomeBuyers Surveys are unsuitable for Heritage Homes
Owners should be cautious of services offering to treat rising damp by chemically injecting the walls or treating damp timbers by painting and sealing timbers.
Heritage Properties must breathe, disturbing moisture transfer causes long-term damage to the structure of the building, it is highly recommended to arrange a heritage professional building surveyor to investigate the problem.
CALL ADRIAN 07449944628 OR COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW
The wrong way and expensive way to treat damp problems
Dry Lining Can Cause Significant Damage
Removal allows breathability.
Photographs: Adrian (pictured lime plastering) needed to resolve major damp problems. A dry lined room leads to poor ventilation in the building (Wilkinson, De Rose, Sullivan and Straube, 2009)
The room showed some visible signs of damp before the dry lining was removed. Afterwards it was blatantly obvious. Restoration included removing the dry lining throughout the room. Once removed it revealed significant evidence of damp including blown plaster, walls wet with moisture, a whole section of floor was rotten and the lower horizontal timber was soaking wet throughout (Wilkinson, De Rose, Sullivan and Straube, 2009)
Removing the dry lining, plaster and lifting part of the floor allowed the room to breathe and dry out, after some time the walls were plastered with lime plaster and the damp has not returned. Lack of ventilation reduces moisture transfer and seals the room which increases the chance of condensation (dew-point), had the dry lining been left the building structure (wood and solid brick wall) would have weakened over time.
Dampness is an indicator of poor ventilation and is one variable (amongst others) and why it is important that heritage, traditional homes must be allowed to breathe (Wooley, 2017).
If you have damp. Do not delay Arrange a Building Survey with Adrian 07449944628
Spot the Signs of Damp in Old Traditional and Heritage Houses
Traditional Buildings and Breathability
Evidence: Damp impacts human health
Wrapping and containing damp accelerates the damp problem weakening the building structure, damp in homes causes health problems (WHO, 2019)
In the UK the climate contributes to damp problems within homes. The serious issue of damp and mould in badly insulated houses in the UK is a massive burden on the NHS (Wooley, 2017).
Have Damp? Arrange a Damp Survey
Surveying includes identifying the problem / Solution to inform of the cos and to treat the cause of damp and not the symptoms of the damp.
Building Qualification and Accreditations
Adrian has a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) pilot's licence uses aerial drone technology (residential and commercial surveys see this page )
Adrian is an affiliate member of the IHBC
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Speweik, J. (1997) Why using Modern Mortar can damage a Historic House: Repointing Right! Publication: Old House Journal July-August 1997. [Online] Available: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=3w6Ocm-otPgC&lpg=PA46&dq=sacrificial%20brick%20lime%20mortar%20cement%20mortar&pg=PA46#v=onepage&q=sacrificial%20brick%20lime%20mortar%20cement%20mortar&f=false
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