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Covid-19 - and how it affects our business of Building Surveys:

We hope this message finds you well.  These are difficult times for us all, with the challenges and risks presented by the Coronavirus. Messages from the Government are confusing at best, so we've developed our own Statement, and Risk Assessment to enable us to carry out surveys and work with our clients safely. Our Statement on Covid-19 can be found here.

Live in an old house, or buying one?  Are you a Listed Property Owner? Need a Building Survey? We've experienced almost everything that can go wrong with one.  From early medieval stone cottages and timber frames to Edwardian and Victorian townhouses, this website is dedicated to helping you understand your home, and get the most from it. Old houses go wonky - usually because of moisture. We are world leaders in the causes of moisture problems in houses - how they affect the fabric, where they come from, and how to diagnose and cure. You'll know more than many RICS surveyors by the time you've read this website, and we're not joking!  

Pete wages war on the timber and damp industry!  Learn to avoid damp problems. The latest scams... cavity insulation, external and internal wall insulation, which will destroy your building. Learn how the Property Care Association (PCA) scams the public for millions every year. Pete has all but destroyed the damp industry, the sprayfoam insulation industry, and now he's got the RICS and CIOB working with him.

We've given Peter Cox, Rentokil, Dampco, DampPro, Kenwood, Timberwise and other fraudulent damp companies a rough time for years now.  Lets make the Property Care Association members and their meaningless Guarantee Protection Insurance finally crawl away.  If you are scammed by the damp industry, Bank or Building Society, or a RICS Chartered Surveyor recommends the PCA - please let us know - we'll publish this fraud for all to see. A lot of RICS Chartered Surveyors still recommend the PCA - complaints are going to RICS about it.  The good news is that RICS have taken this on board. The new 'Joint Methodology on dampness' was released on the 21st November - and is being improved to become THE standard for investigating dampness issues in buildings. Pete has campaigned for over ten years for this, and is one of the Joint Authors.

Need a survey?  We have more experience, qualifications and technical expertise than most other Chartered Surveyors in the country - our team works in most counties.  Historic Building surveys, Listed Building surveys, Structural surveys, Pre-Purchase building surveys, Timber and Damp surveys - we do them, we work with you to explain how the property is built, and how to overcome any problems. We explain what things can cost, we make sure Listed Buildings are legal! If you want a Period Property Surveyor, damp survey, or just help in general with maintenance - you just found one..

Latest Videos
Pete and Corey discuss 'flood resilience' in old buildings
A frank discussion between conservation experts about work done to old homes that have been affected by floods. Here we ...
Flood damage and old buildings
Pete gives some important advice for folk who have been affected by the floods. It's, as always, about breathability. Do...
The Environmental Health industry - incompetence being taught...
I got a letter via a client from an EHO - demanding he damp proofed a house. This led to looking at how they are trained...
Damp Cellar Part 2
Now we had down into the cellar to look at the ventilation. By now you will realise that I hate tanking. In about 99% of...
Timber Frame Survey - what we look for...
A Grade 2* timber framed manor house. Beautiful, but neglected, and victim of considerable illegal works that will take ...
Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country dealing with damp problems in houses. Our Timber and Damp Surveys explain the reasons and causes of damp, and how to deal with them - simple, logical, easy to understand. We never suggest chemicals, tanking or injection damp proofing. We save clients many thousands of pounds in unecessary damp proofing 'quotes' from PCA salesmen, often recommended by RICS Chartered Surveyors.

Surveying your House

Our Historic Building Surveys are tailored to your needs - whether to investigate Timber and Damp issues, or a full Structural Building Survey. In our Listed Building Surveys , we look at building history, how its built, what with, whats wrong, and what repairs may cost. We specialise in Surveys of Timber Framed Properties - having extensive experience of re-building historic timber framed buildings, mostly Grade 1, Grade 2*, and many Grade 2. We work all over the country from London to Devon and Scotland.

Timber and Damp surveys in London

The PCA and member companies like Kenwood, Peter Cox, Rentokil are making millions out of Timber and Damp surveys in London.  We show you how to avoid these fraudsters, and enjoy a warm, dry home without resort to any damp proofing.

The Fraud of Rising Damp

The term, 'Rising Damp' was invented by the chemical industry in 1962. Damp proofing is promoted by the PCA or Property Care Association. Start here for everything you need to know about avoiding being scammed by these horrible, fraudulent people.

Best Fraudulent Damp Survey

This is one of the best Case Histories I have ever seen of Mis-Sold 'rising damp' treatment.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

Recent News
Breathable Masonry Paint

The topic of Breathable Masonry Paint is probably one of the most common questions that I'm asked about. To understand it, you have to delve into the meaning of...

RICS Dampness Methodology Statement

Some time back, the RICS published a load of stuff about dealing with damp. I was very critical of it.

I'm delighted to say that I was invited to meet up with some of the...

Pete's on BBC Radio 4 now!

Pete recently did an interview on BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - which investigated a case history of failed cavity wall insulation.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

The Haynes Manual for Period Property

Ian Rock has written another of his great books.  This one is even better - We've helped Ian with this one and there's loads of photos of our guys doing timber frame work.  A great book, with lots of practical information you need if you have an old home.  Treat yourself and buy this - you won't regret it!

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