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An experienced damp investigation surveyor will carry out an internal inspection of the property, and also an external inspection. On the external inspection survey they should be looking for possible problems relating to the internal […]

A clear video of a rising damp survey in Wiltshire

Have a look at this video to show that rising damp does exist

A video of an active woodworm infestation

Is your woodworm infestation active or not? This shows what an active woodworm infestation by the common furniture beetle looks like.

Thermal imaging surveys

Thermal imaging is a great way to see building defects, this is done by the ever so slightly different temperatures. This year has been our busiest year with thermal imaging surveys because of the bad […]

Dry rot investigations using a dry rot search dog

We are specialists in searching for dry rot using our building surveying skills, we also have a wide range of cameras to get in hard to reach areas. We now have a new tool with […]


The Property Care Association is the trade body for: Damp proofing and diagnosis Condensation Timber decay and insect attack Dampness and water penetration in basements Flood water recovery and flood protection Structural defects Invasive weed […]

Common problems that cause damp

Condensation has to be one of the biggest causes of damp in a property especially during the colder months of the year. This is often mis-diagnosed by un-qualified surveyors or rogue surveyors trying to push […]


How to pick the correct damp proofing, timber treatment or basement waterproofing ¬†guarantee. To be fair most of the guarantees are not worth the paper they’re written on! Most of Complete Preservations work is going […]

Waterproofing a retaining wall in Gloucester

We were asked to investigate why this property was getting damp and to produce a report with a waterproofing design, costings and a long term guarantee. Survey The property has a cementitious tanking installed and […]

Basement-cellar tanking-waterproofing designs

¬† The above designs are of a typical basement waterproofing installation, sometimes these will need to be modified due to site conditions. When we carry out a survey we will bring pictures of examples of […]