Damp Proofing Surveys

Survey, reporting & diagnosis for damp proofing

In above ground situations, Trace complete inspections and damp diagnosis in relation to defects or incorrect construction detailing and in simple terms defects can be typically associated with:

  1. Rising dampness; Traditional or via bridging
  2. Penetrating Dampness; associated with external defects
  3. Condensation; associated with environmental moisture

*Beyond this damp defects can be associated with plumbing defects and roof ingress.

At Trace we pride ourselves on the quality of our reports, detailing exact location of issues including ‘marked up’ drawings and detailed schedules of work with an explanation of the issues and diagnosis to each area.

We understand moisture and how to record this information in an unambiguous format that can be understood by the client.

We follow the methodology set out by Historic England/PCA/RICS document Investigation of Moisture and its Effects in Traditional Buildings.

There are various ways of testing a building for moisture, most of which have advantages and disadvantages:

  1. Electrical Moisture Meters
  2. Calcium Carbide Meters
  3. Sub-surface relative-humidity test to floor slabs
  4. Gravimetric Testing of samples
  5. Data logging – Environmental conditions

Trace can complete a combination of any investigative techniques, but the most important aspect can be the visual knowledge and experience of the Surveyor in knowing the limitations of certain moisture tests and the ability to diagnose visible symptoms in conjunction with moisture tests to provide a reliable diagnosis.

The knowledge of our surveyors also allows us to identify different building types both traditional and modern and the ability of different building materials used in traditional buildings to wet and dry and to recognise that traditional detailing and level of performance expectation differ from modern buildings and that the presence of moisture is not necessarily related to a construction failure or justifies remedial work.

We complete Surveys for a variety of clients including:

  1. Architects
  2. Structural Engineers
  3. Chartered Surveyors
  4. Property Developers
  5. Commercial & Domestic Landlords
  6. Commercial & Domestic Contractors
  7. Residential homeowners

We aim to provide a holistic diagnosis and have over 46 years experience in dealing with dampness in buildings

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Our customer reviews

  • “We recently had the pleasure of working with the team from Trace. We found all of the office staff, managers and contractors a pleasure to deal with. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable team. Very highly recommended !”

    Finalfix Ltd Builders in Cheshire

  • “I couldn't recommend Trace Remedial enough. I was extremely impressed with all of the advise received and delighted with their speedy and professional service. I have even sought some advise months after my initial business with Trace Remedial and they were more than happy to help again. Fantastic!”

    Lolos V R

  • “Newton Waterproofing Systems would highly recommend the services of Trace Basements & Trace Remedial Building Services. We have a fantastic working relationship with Trace. As Newton Specialist Basement Contractors, they are reliable, knowledgeable and skilled in their field.”

    Newton Waterproofing Systems

  • "I can highly recommend Trace. I rang to get a damp survey booked in on a property we were looking to buy. Lewis was very helpful over a couple of phone calls, even ringing back on a day off! Offered advice and help even though we didn't end up going through with the survey. Great service, will use again."

    Nick Renshaw

  • “Just had Trace in to deal with a fairly significant damp problem in our house. The work was completed to a very high standard in the timescale agreed before commencement. Really good communication throughout and the tradesmen were really professional. Left the house as tidy as possible every day and I’m made up with the outcome. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to family and friends.”

    Kealey Clarke

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