How do I choose between local damp proofing companies?
Damp proofing is an essential component of every building, with a variety of reasons why we would need to call on an expert. From a short, pre-purchase damp survey to advanced damp treatment when damp proofing internal walls – we recommend seeking the advice and expertise of a qualified surveyor. On the unfortunate occasion that you require damp proofing in Bath, how do you go about finding reliable a reliable and accredited professional and not just a cowboy trader?
A great place to start is the internet. Using Google, do a little research into the problems you have identified in your home. You can keep it general by searching for ‘damp walls’ or ‘damp in house’ and do a little reading into potential symptoms and causes. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the time to thoroughly research the damp proofing services provided by local businesses. Below are some top tips put together by our leading surveyors to help you find a qualified damp specialist.
Only use certified damp proofing companies
There have been thousands of reported cases where family and friends alike have hired a ‘contractor’ only to find that their lack of skills and knowledge have left homeowners in an even worse predicament than before. When considering the cost of damp proofing, if you’re quoted an unbelievably low price, it’s usually to good to be true.
When searching for a damp proofing company, we recommend using contractors who are part of a nationally recognised association for damp proofing specialists. In the UK, there is only one – the Property Care Association. With high quality written standards on the level of work that has to be produced by damp specialists, the PCA require companies to pass rigorous financial, health & safety, and insurance tests. Recognising the very best damp specialists, members of the PCA are subject to frequent quality audits and are regularly visited by the board.
Beyond recognition for quality damp proofing, you can research into other awards and specialisations that companies have acquired. This may highlight certain damp proofing companies having a breadth of knowledge and experience in other important fields of practice. This could include government endorsed awards for quality and standards, as well as other specialisations such as waterproofing.
So how can you find the best damp specialist?
This is where you need to weigh up various factors to determine your next steps. These include the aforementioned accreditations given to recognised companies, the severity of damage to your property, the amount of work your property will require (this will help determine time frames), and of course the overall cost of the project.
We recommend being able to find a damp proofing company that have years of experience in the field and are also used to working across industries (for example waterproofing and general building surveying). Not only does this give you peace of mind knowing you’re in safe hands with damp proofing specialists, but should any additional problems occur, there is an increased likelihood that they will be able to help with the problem.
Local damp proofing companies Bath
Biocraft South West are industry-leading damp proofing specialists who provide comprehensive damp treatment for all dwellings and commercial properties in Bath. If you have found damp walls in your home or would like to book a damp survey in Bath, please contact one of our damp specialists today on 01793 272085.
Experienced in eradicating sources of rising damp and penetrating damp from your home, Biocraft South West are leading providers of basement waterproofing systems and unique timber treatments. For more information on our services, or to read up on how different types of damp can impact your home, please visit our website today.