Dwell’s Full inspections include a professional assessment of your property’s structure and weather-tightness. If you have a damp house and mould or mildew in your home, take action. Damp housing is unhealthy for your family or tenants, and moisture testing is the first step towards creating a healthier home environment.
We use a non-invasive moisture testing process using the Survey Master Protimeter moisture meter and the Trotec T650 meter. The Dwell house inspector will thoroughly check the property, including all the usual areas of concern as well as areas with obvious visual signs of current or previous moisture damage.
Our experience in this field means we can spot a leaky house quickly and identify homes that have rising damp or problems with condensation. We also know what needs to be done and can recommend the best repair options and damp control methods.
Sometimes leaky buildings need additional testing including using probes or even opening up small sections of the wall. If we think that other moisture tests are required we will explain why, and describe what moisture testing methods we recommend.
Clear access is essential to do a thorough house inspection so we can access all visible components and services to the property.
House Inspection Report Options
- Full Service Report: A full written property inspection report, including photos, detailing any areas of concern as well as listing the positive factors of construction and maintenance recommendations.
- Bullet Point Report: This building inspection report lists any areas of concern. No photos will be included in this report.
- ‘Walk Through’ Verbal Report: These are often requested for people who are intending to bid at an Auction and want to know if there are any issues to review. No report will be written unless requested at a further cost.
- Safe & Sanitary: This report is for ‘Unauthorised’ or ‘Unknown’ works or “Final sign off” not done, and other issues found on LIM Reports before 1992. The report includes photos as required for the lodging with the Council records.
This survey can sometimes be in two stages: If there is work to be carried out to rectify and comply with regulations of the day (prior to 1992), then following the work completion we re-inspect before the report can be finalized for the owner for lodging with Council who then attach it to the Property File. We can lodge with the council for an additional fee and council filing fee.
Moisture Testing Equipment
We do a moisture check with all our inspections and you can rest assured that we take great care to check around all the openings of the outside walls, as well as a variety of other locations determined by the house design and the state of its construction.
Our highly accurate GE Protimeter-Surveymaster meter and Trotec T650 meter moisture meters are recognised as the top professional hand held moisture detection devices, and globally they are the construction industry’s most commonly used moisture sensors.
Protimeter moisture testers can read around 19mm deep into a timber framed wall, depending on the wall type and construction. If there is some dampness on the outside of the wall framing which has not leaked into the wall far enough for the moisture tester to detect, it may not be discovered.
Infrared detection can also give varied results when trying to find the source of serious moisture invasion.
As experience surveyors of residential dwellings we know that the only completely reliable way to test for moisture is to use an Invasive Detection Process, which we will recommend if we think your home or apartment may be a leaky building or have obvious damp problems.
If moisture or moisture damage is not visible or detected on internal walls by our moisture meter, it is very likely to be on the outside of the wall cavity, where only invasive or other meter types will detect it. Often metal strips, brackets or pipes found in walls allow the dampness into the building and can show up as moisture.
Thermal Imaging can also be arranged with a Dwell Associate who specialises in this moisture detection technique.
The sooner you detect damp in your home, the less cost you will incur to repair it, and the healthier your family will be.