Damp in buildings

One of the key items inspected during a Dunford Penrose Surveyors Home Survey is damp.

Damp is a common problem in buildings, particularly in older properties. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including faulty or inadequate waterproofing, poor ventilation, or problems with plumbing or drainage. Damp can have a number of negative impacts on a property, including structural damage, mould growth, and an unhealthy living environment.

Using a damp meter to check for damp levels

Using a damp meter to check for damp levels

During a Home Survey inspection

The surveyor will look for signs of damp and assess the severity of any damp issues that are found. Common signs of damp include:

  • Water stains or discolouration on walls, ceilings, or floors
  • Musty odours
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Warping or swelling of wood or other materials
  • Visible mould growth

If the surveyor finds evidence of damp, they will typically recommend further investigation to determine the cause and extent of the problem. This may involve specialised tests or the removal of wall coverings or other materials to allow for a more thorough inspection.

One of the key risks of damp in older properties is the potential for structural damage. Damp can cause wood and other materials to rot, which can compromise the integrity of the building. This can be a serious issue if left unaddressed, as it can lead to costly repairs or even make the property unsafe to occupy.

In addition to the risk of structural damage, damp can also create an unhealthy living environment. Mould, which can grow because of damp conditions, can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. It is important to address any damp issues as soon as they are identified to prevent the potential for mould growth.

If you are considering purchasing an older property, it is especially important to have a thorough Level 3 Home Survey to identify any potential damp issues. While it is not uncommon for older properties to have some level of damp, it is important to understand the extent of the problem and any necessary repairs before committing to the purchase.

By addressing damp issues before you move in, you can ensure that you are moving into a safe and healthy living environment.

You can find some further information and advice on the RICS website or contact us for further advice

Dunford Penrose Surveyors carry out Level 3 and Level 2 Home surveys around the UK, and are RICS regulated and monitored.