Damp Surveys Essex | JW Surveys Ltd

If you live in the Essex area and 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 Essex Area.  We cover all of the major towns in Essex such including Colchester, Chelmsford, Braintree and Whitham.  We also cover the surrounding smaller villages such as 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.

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.

As a member of the Property Care Association (PCA) you can be assured that you are selecting a professional and trusted tradesperson.  PCA members offer advice and help to customer in their area of expertise.  These areas include damp proofing, structural waterproofing, structural maintenance and timber preservation.  With the PCA promise you and your money are automatically protected and as a TrustMark operator you are offered extra piece of mind.

Our surveys are designed for a variety of clients including home owners, landlords, building contractors and developers.

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.

JW Surveys is the leading company in Essex that can liaise with vendors and estate agents on your behalf if you are in the process of purchasing a property we can.  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.  With our experience we can provide an onsite service with diagnosis, recommendations and quotations for remedial works.

Our fully qualified surveyors and technicians understand the nature and the extent of issues regarding damp.  We can therefore offer information and insight to gain the correct diagnosis for you. Whether it is a diagnosis of rising damp or penetrating damp, the diagnosis will be the correct one.  We will carry out a full inspection and produce your personalised report within 48 hours.

There are different ways in which damp can affect a property.  Rising damp occurs when ground water soaks up into unprotected brickwork, stone masonry or through the softer mortar.  Ground water contains salts which absorb into a walls base.  This can cause damage to your home and if left untreated can lead to timber decay.  Rising damp happens when the existing damp proof course deteriorates.  This then allows water to absorb through the waterproof barrier which has weakened.

There are several tell-tale signs that your property might be affected by rising damp.  These signs may include crumbling low level plaster, a band of salt that has drawn out of the plaster, tidemarks along the of the internal or external brickwork, stained or peeling wallpaper or flaky plaster.  Treatment for rising damp may be installing a new damp proof course or maybe re-plastering with a water resistant render.  JW Surveys will send a fully qualified surveyor to carry out a thorough inspection.

Penetrating damp is as a result of poor external maintenance.  This could be from damaged gutters which allow rain water to penetrate the buildings structure when the external bricks or renders are cracked.  There are various causes of penetrating damp.  From porous bricks and stones to driveways, paths, lawns and patios which have been raised above the damp proof course against the external wall.  Missing or cracked roof slates or tiles could be another factor along with faulty flashing.

Signs of penetrating damp could be stained internal plaster, blown plaster, plaster falling off walls or peeling wallpaper.  JW Surveys can inspect all areas of concern and provide you with a suitable treatment to resolve your damp problem.  Sometimes no internal work is needed as once the source of the problem has been rectified walls may dry out naturally.  Although if plasterwork has been affected, it may need to be removed and re-instated using a waterproof rendering system and then a skimmed with a coat of finish plaster.  It is our aim to ensure that the dampness does no re-occur.

Condensation is mainly caused by warm, moist air from household activities condensing onto colder surfaces in the home such as walls, windows and ceiling.  These household activities include cooking, washing, bathing or even just breathing.  Condensation comes from water vapor being created from within a building that cannot escape.  Buildings that are poorly insulated walls are prone to this problem.

The common sign of condensation is water collecting on the inside of windows or on the window sill. It is generally noticeable where it forms on non-absorbent surfaces, i.e. windows or tiles.  It can form on any surface and it may not be noticed until black mould growth and rotting of materials occur.  Other signs are decayed timer around window and door frames and water running down wall and pipes.  When sufficient moisture is present, species of bacteria and fungi can pollute the air in people’s homes.  Black mould can lead to an increase in respiratory problems such as asthma.  In particular the elderly and young children can be badly affected.

Condensation remedies may include background heat, additional ventilation, air vents, the use of fans and reduction of moisture generation.  At JW Surveys, we can provide you with an honest report and guide you in the right direction.

The inspection will cover the accessible timbers of the roof and floors.  This will enable us to gain evidence of any infestation by wood-boring beetles/wood destroying fungi.  The first floor walls will be tested for damp ingress.  We will pay particular attention to areas at high risk of penetrating damp such as chimney breasts and walls adjacent to external water goods.  We will then look at the walls at ground level for evidence of rising damp from ground water and water ingress from internal or external defects.  We will also inspect the walls below ground level in basement areas for evidence of penetrating water from the ground.

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.

So if you live within one of the many towns or villages of the Essex area contact JW Surveys.  We will arrange a property survey with one of our independent damp and timbers surveyors approved by The Property Care Association and provide you with a report and finding within 48 hours.

Our Services

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

These are all carried out by our Independent Damp and Timber Surveyor who is approved by The Property Care Association.

PCA Membership

JW Surveys are members of Property Care Association


*Based on a domestic 2 bedroomed property

Limited Survey (Level 1) - from £195.00*

Suitable for clients with a specific limited area of dampness or decay.  JWSurveys will carry out a limited non-destructive inspection.

Property Condition with combined Timber & Damp Survey  (Level 2) - from £250.00*

This survey is suitable for most conventional properties, built as early as 1900s except period properties and those with a “Listed” status.


Period Property Condition with Timber & Damp Survey (Level 2a) - from £300.00*

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


Reports Compliant with Civil Procedure Rules Part 35 - from £390.00*

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 into the strata)

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