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RICS Guidance on Damp in Residential Properties: Expert Solutions for a Dry and Healthy Home

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

A very damp external wall with dehumidifier working overtime
A very damp external wall with dehumidifier working overtime

RICS Guidance on Damp in Residential Properties: Expert Solutions for a Dry and Healthy Home

As experienced residential surveyors, we understand that damp issues in residential properties can cause significant problems for homeowners. Dampness not only affects the structural integrity of a building but also poses risks to the health and well-being of its occupants. To ensure our clients receive the highest quality service, we adhere to the guidance provided by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on damp in residential properties. In this blog post, we will explore the RICS guidance and how it helps us provide expert solutions for managing damp issues effectively.

Understanding Dampness in Residential Properties:

Dampness in residential properties can manifest in various forms, such as rising damp, penetrating damp, or condensation. Each type has its own causes and characteristics, requiring a specific approach for resolution.

Why RICS Guidance Matters:

RICS provides comprehensive guidance that sets the industry standards for dealing with damp issues in residential properties. Following the RICS guidance ensures that our surveyors employ a systematic and professional approach to identifying, diagnosing, and effectively managing damp problems. It allows us to provide our clients with reliable solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Key Steps in Managing Damp in Residential Properties:

  • Thorough Inspection:

A qualified surveyor conducts a thorough inspection of the property, examining affected areas and assessing the extent of the damp issue. By identifying the type of damp and its causes, the surveyor can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Identifying Underlying Causes:

RICS guidance emphasizes the importance of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of dampness. This involves evaluating factors such as faulty guttering, leaking pipes, inadequate insulation, or poor ventilation. By addressing these issues, the effectiveness of damp treatments can be maximized.

  • Damp Treatment and Remediation:

Based on the RICS guidance, our surveyors recommend appropriate treatment and remediation measures to manage dampness effectively. This may involve installing or repairing damp-proof courses, improving ventilation systems, or applying specialist treatments to combat specific types of damp. The goal is to eliminate dampness at its source and prevent further damage to the property.

  • Ensuring Moisture Control:

RICS guidance emphasizes the importance of maintaining moisture control within residential properties. Adequate ventilation, effective insulation, and proper heating systems help prevent the build-up of condensation and subsequent damp problems. Our surveyors provide recommendations on implementing these measures to create a healthy and dry living environment.

By adhering to the RICS guidance on damp in residential properties, Brooks Surveyors ensures that our clients receive professional, accurate, and effective solutions for their damp issues. Our commitment to industry standards, thorough inspections, identification of underlying causes, appropriate damp treatments, and emphasis on moisture control allows us to provide tailored solutions for each residential property. With our expertise and adherence to RICS guidance, homeowners can trust us to resolve their damp problems, safeguarding the structural integrity of their homes and ensuring a healthy living environment.


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