Damp & Timber Surveys | JW Surveys Ltd

JW Surveys specialises in all forms of damp and timber defects affecting both private and commercial properties of all types, designs and age.

If your property is under threat from damp or timber problems then JW Surverys is the first choice option for you.  At JW Surveys we offer accurate and unbiased surveys throughout the Kent, South East and Essex Area.  We cover a vast area of everything South East of the M20.  We cover all of the major towns such as Maidstone, Sevenoaks, South Dartford, Ashford and Folkestone, Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree and Whitham and surrounding smaller villages such as Hythe, Hawkinge, Lyminge. Fairlight, Pevensey, Barnstone, Dengie, Fordham, Langham, Shalford and many more.  Just pick up the phone to see if your area is covered

Our surveys are for a variety of clients including home owners, landlords, building contractors and developers.  JW surverys offer a jargon free report which highlights problems as well as potential ones.  We offer a no obligation, thorough timber and damp survey and a report from expert advice.


There are several tell-tale signs that your property might be affected by damp.  These signs may include crumbling low level plaster, hygroscopic salt that has drawn out of the plaster, tidemarks along the of the internal or external brickwork, stained or peeling wallpaper or flaky plaster. JW Surveys will send a fully qualified surveyor to carry out a thorough inspection.

If you are a homeowner with a damp problem our expert and honest knowledge will give you an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatments. A damp survey can be carried out to minimise disruption to the family and prevent further damage.

If you are trying to sell or rent your house JW Surveys can provide you with a damp report and quotations from our qualified independent surveyors.  Mortgage lenders often ask for a damp survey for satisfaction that the structure of the building is free from damp. This will ensure your property is ready and safe for a smooth transaction.

If you are in the process of purchasing a property within the South East area we can liaise with vendors and estate agents on your behalf to minimise the stress of moving.  We will arrange access to your potential property and carry out the damp survey.

If you are a letting agent, estate agent or builder we can provide specialist advice and knowledge on forms of damp.  It takes a qualified expert to spot potential problems with damp in a building.  We can provide an onsite service with diagnosis, recommendations and quotations for remedial works.

JW Surverys is a well established business that offers a jargon free report which highlights problems as well as potential ones.  We offer a no obligation, thorough damp survey and a report from expert advice gained over the last 20 years of business.

Our impeccable customer care has grown over the last 20 years and has meant that we concentrate on individual needs and solutions.  Our main objective is to ensure your property is safe and habitable.  We base our surveys on evidence and facts and offer a comprehensive independent report.

Our fully qualified surveyors understand the nature and the extent of issues regarding damp.  We can therefore offer information and insight to gain the correct diagnosis for you. We will carry out a full inspection and produce your personalised report.

JW Surveys will provide you with a comprehensive report which will cover the envelope of the property to assess its general condition.  External observations including photographs of areas of concern as well as an internal observation.  You will be provided with conclusions including a full plan highlighting the work required.  Specification and budget estimates are based on current industry rates.


Our Services

All surveys are carried out in accordance with:-

  • BS7913:2013 Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings
  • BS 5250:2016 Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings.
  • And the SPAB approach to building conservation which combines well-proven principles with practical repair techniques.

JW Surveys carry out the following surveys and reports within the South East of England:

  • Independent Damp & Timber Surveys and Reports
  • Damp & Timber Pre-Purchase Surveys
  • Structural Waterproofing Reports
  • Structural Waterproofing Design to BS8102:2009
  • 7 Days A Week subject to availability



*Based on a domestic 2 bedroomed property

Limited Survey (Level 1) - from £250.00*

Suitable for clients with a specific limited area of dampness or decay.  JWSurveys will carry out a limited non-destructive inspection but will undertake an onsite salt analysis test.

Property Condition with combined Timber & Damp Survey  (Level 2) - from £350.00*

This survey is suitable for most conventional properties, built as early as 1900s except period properties and those with a “Listed” status. JWSurveys will carry out a non-destructive inspection but will undertake an onsite salt analysis test.

Period Property Condition with Timber & Damp Survey (Level 2a) - from £400.00*

Suitable for the more unusual property. Eg period properties or those with “Listed” status.

Reports Compliant with Civil Procedure Rules Part 35 - from £500.00*

Suitable for use as evidence for the purpose of civil proceedings in a court in England or Wales


Available Add-Ons

  • On site salt analysis - £15.00 per sample
  • Calcium Carbide Test - POA - (Note: - The calcium carbide test involves the taking of a number of material samples by drilling a series of holes into the strata and we would require written permission from the vendor/owner before carrying out this test as we do not "make good" to the disrupted areas tested)

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