Welcome to Heritage House

Are you buying an old house, or perhaps you live in one?

This website is dedicated to helping understand your home, and showing you how to enjoy living in it. We explode the myths about damp and make it simple to understand and deal with dampness and mould.

We can explain almost everything that can go wrong with them. We undertake building surveys, and work with properties from medieval stone cottages to Victorian terraces. 

The Warm Dry Home

Now available to buy in our shop!

Whether you live in a Victorian brick terraced house, or a 7 bedroom Cotswold stone country mansion, this book is for you.

Damp Problems in your old house

We are THE leading specialists in the country dealing with dampness and mould problems in houses. Our Timber and Damp Surveys explain the reasons and causes of damp, and how to deal with them. Chemicals, tanking or injection damp proofing are never needed.

Our clients save many £1000's in fraudulently quoted damp proofing by PCA damp company salesmen. We expose the incompetence of RICS Chartered Surveyors using damp meters and recommending damp proofing.

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Surveying your House

Our Historic Building Surveys are tailored. We investigate Timber and Damp issues, and undertake full pre-purchase Structural Building Surveys. Our Listed Building Surveys look at building history, how and what it is built with. We identify problems, and can assess what repairs may cost. We specialise in Surveys of Timber Framed Properties.  We have extensive experience of restoring historic timber framed buildings, Grade 1, Grade 2*, and many Grade 2. We work all over the country from London to Devon and Scotland.

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Timber and Damp surveys in London

The PCA and damp 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. Dampness and mould problems are commonplace in London basements - we show how to overcome these with simple, inexpensive solutions.

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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. These fraudsters are heavily promoted by RICS Chartered Surveyors during property valuations. Learn everything you need to know in order to avoid being scammed by RICS surveyors or banks.

Peter has written the industry standard book - The Warm Dry Home which lays bare the shocking facts about the survey industry. It provides all the solutions you need.

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Latest Videos
How to Lay a Hedge
Ben is hedge laying this week. Here he shows you how to create a natural hedge or fence using a tried and tested method. Silky Saws: https://bit.ly/3dcjAF0 The Store: https://benandloisorford.com/st...
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Orleton Manor roof - Jake's wallplate strategy
Now we have to repair the trusses and wallplates ready for the roof to be replaced. It's going to be about an 8 week program of work. Jake explains how he takes initial measurements to set up the con...
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Orleton Manor roof - Jake explains the next steps in repair
Now we have to repair the trusses and wallplates ready for the roof to be replaced. It's going to be about an 8 week program of work. www.heritage-house.org www.heritage-survey.org https://oakleyfr...
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Orleton Manor roof removal - The last bit of wallplate (13)
Finally, a section of badly d amaged wallplate is removed for repair as well www.heritage-house.org www.heritage-survey.org https://oakleyframebuildings.co.uk For more information and updates on the ...
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Orleton Manor roof removal - main truss removal (10)
The remaining trusses have been strengthened and tied together for lifting ready for repair on the ground. www.heritage-house.org www.heritage-survey.org https://oakleyframebuildings.co.uk For more in...
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What we do

Pete created the Heritage House brand many years ago when running a building conservation company. He realised there was a huge gap in public awareness of how to deal with 'old house problems'.  He was a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for many years. He's a geochemist and geologist.

Heritage House Surveys is a team of chartered surveyors dealing with old buildings. The team are members of RICS (yes, despite Pete's criticisms of them), or the Chartered Institute of Building, and share a variety of conservation qualifications. We are one of the most experienced team of Conservation surveyors in the country. Our understanding of damp and moisture problems is industry leading. Peter is one of the joint authors of the RICS 'Investigation of Moisture and its effects in Traditional Buildings'. His best selling book The Warm Dry Home explodes the myths surrounding dampness and mould in properties.

Our business is one of Heritage Survey and Consulting - helping you with every aspect of working with Heritage buildings. 

We conduct Building Surveys on any old house - whether Listed Grade 1, Grade 2* or Grade 2, or an old Victorian town house.  We are the scourge of the Timber and Damp industry (or the Property Care Association, home of the damp wally) - we do Timber and Damp surveys which turn the myth of rising damp on its head.  We'll tell you if your house really IS damp, and why - we tell you how to deal with it, how to maintain it, and what it'll cost.

What IS an old house?  It's very simple - an 'old house' is a structure built with solid walls (stone, brick, timber frame) using breathable materials. Most problems with old houses result from inappropriate use of modern building materials which prevent your house from 'breathing' - things like cement and gypsum plaster, emulsion paints and waterproofing.  Where does the moisture come from?  Mostly you - cooking, breathing, living.

Everything on this site relates to old buildings.  The techniques and materials are essential to old houses, but they equally can be applied to new ones. You cannot apply new house techniques to old houses!  The Golden Mantra is: BREATHABILITY!

Is damp a problem? Flaking plaster, hollow render, paint bubbling and flaking off walls, mouldy wallpaper, leaky or rotting timber frame, stonework deteriorating, things just getting creaky and rotten? These are typical problems with old houses. We help with sensible solutions, showing you WHY the problem is happening, how to prevent it in future, often with only subtle changes in lifestyle. 

We offer a telephone consultation service.  Please don't email or call asking for advice - we just cannot handle the volume of enquiries! Most commonly asked questions are covered within the site - it's why we update the site with information to help you.

Busting the Damp Myth!

Good news!  The damp industry is struggling.  Everyone is realising the damage the PCA 'wallies' are doing - chemical manufacturers are laying off staff, things are getting bad for them.  Property Care Association efforts to re-brand itself as a caring organisation looking after your home just don't seem to be working. We are happy to announce that their Chief Executive Steven Hodgson is leaving. Apparently he's had enough of scamming the public.

This is one of the best Case Histories I have ever seen on Mis-Sold 'rising damp' treatment.  My video of the day - I followed Wally Damp Man around the house and tested his ping prong holes to find no evidence of damp.  The one place he missed was where it all was.  This  'Damp Proofing and Wood Preservation Services Ltd of 37 Saxon Street, Stapenhill, Burton' has been reported to Trading Standards. Don't ever use them.

Best Fraudulent Damp Survey ever!

Latest News
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.

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Guidance concerning Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

This is the English Heritage Guidance document that covers almost all the issues I cover in this site.

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An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

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

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Rising damp is a myth, says former RICS chief

Stephen Boniface, former chairman of the construction arm of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS ), has told the institute’s 40,000 members that ‘true...

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It's Condensation Season!

The phone is running off the hook with calls about condensation. Find out how to solve your issues.

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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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