Holistic View on Buildings

Every building is different. Different construction, different materials, different maintenance history etc. - although amidst all these differences there are many common principles.

We investigate each building holistically. With a thorough understanding of moisture movement, new and old buildings materials and renovation practices, with a wide array of specialist tools, we get to the bottom of dampness problems, identifying and highlighting their root causes. 

Our friendly surveyors explain you in plain English what's going on, how the problem developed and what needs to be done to solve it. We discuss with you in detail potential remedies and timelines to permanently solve the problem. However, as always, the choice and decision about the what and when, is ultimately yours, but we are there to assist you.

If needed, we can also provide you a comprehensive written report on the findings, recommended remedies and some estimated costs.

During this detailed 15-point survey we assess and investigate the following areas:

  1. The structure and condition of walls
  2. Building materials used
  3. The pointing, rendering and plastering
  4. Past repairs and their effect on the building, link to present problems
  5. The salts content of the walls, often with a professional salts analysis
  6. The condition of the damp proof course (DPC) if any
  7. Chimney problems
  8. The moisture content of the walls, areas affected
  9. Water or rainwater penetration issues
  10. The condition of drainage
  11. Condensation problems
  12. Potential heat bridges in the building
  13. Elevations, their effect onto potential moisture penetration
  14. Construction and condition of floors
  15. Cellars and basements etc.

Customer Feedback About our Surveys

Don't take our word for it. Here is what others, real people like you think about our building surveys:

Val was very quick in attending to our request for a visit to the property and quickly pointed us in the right direction about what was required to remedy our issue. We would most definitely recommend Val and will use his services again for any other jobs that we may have.


The comprehensive advice we received from your engineer about dealing with condensation was very helpful as it turned out we didn't have rising damp. He gave this advice knowing that he wasn't going to get any business from us which is remarkable. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use this company if I did have a rising damp problem.


Great service. Brilliant advice from the beginning, and I would recommend Core Conservation to anyone who has issues with damp. This system can save you a lot of money compared to other damp systems, if it is suitable for your damp issues.

Stella Cicek

We were very pleased with Val and the team from start to finish. Val and the team are very knowledgeable and provide an excellent service. The system itself seems to be working after the first 12 month checks.

We were initially told by other traditional damp companies that we would need to chip away every downstairs wall and then plaster again. This would have been extremely messy and costly. Instead, the system has been placed in the cupboard under the stairs and is out of sight and has not caused any damage to our property. So far, we are extremely pleased. We hope the moisture levels continue to decrease and look forward to the next visit in 6 months time.

Suzanne Freer

Gr 2 Listed Oast House

When Core Conservation came in for the survey they were very efficient, very professional. They went about their job in an unobtrusive way and at the end they explained exactly what the problem was and what it involved to fix it, and let us to think about it and consider it, and if we wish to go ahead then we could phone them.

John F

Although it turned out that my home did not have rising damp, Val nevertheless offered some very useful advice on how to manage the humidity in my home that can lead to mould. He also left me a leaflet to read with lots of information and followed up with an email. Very honest and knowledgeable tradesperson. Highly recommended!


Sample Reports Following our Surveys

Here are some sample reports, some of them for listed buildings, we have created following our surveys.