Introduction to damp diagnostic tools and equipment – how to make best use of them

Too often staff are provided with tools and equipment but without appropriate training. Many end up “self-taught” relying on complicated manuals and failing to appreciate all the features and functions.

Introduction to damp diagnostic tools and equipment – how to make best use of them

Damp diagnostic tools

Without proper training results can be misleading and misinterpreted. And, without proper knowledge and expertise you also run the risk of over relying on external contractors such as surveyors, damp contractors, ventilation specialists etc, far too readily accepting their word without question.

This can all lead to lengthy delays, high costs, dissatisfaction and complaints as well as legal action which could have been easily avoided

Aims and objectives

This course will cover all the main damp diagnostic equipment which is currently available including moisture meters, borescopes and endoscopes, deep bore probes, salt tests, hygrometer sticks and humidity box applications, data loggers, thermal imagery readers. It will go through their attributes, their pros and cons, limitations as well as how to interpret the readings correctly.

The day will be a combination of presentations as well as practical demonstrations of the equipment on site – usually at an empty property. All delegates will have an opportunity to practice using the equipment and diagnostic tools.

Delegates will understand:

  • The diverse range of detection tools available to help diagnose damp in its various forms together with their pros and cons and how to select the right ones
  • How to undertake an effective damp survey to a property
  • The function and workings of the various equipment and how to interpret the findings
  • The range of remedial measures available and the most effective strategies to resolve damp issues depending on the results
  • How best to protect the organisation’s and interested parties’ interests.

Who should attend?

Everyone involved in diagnosing and dealing with damp:

  • Building, maintenance, asset surveyors and repairs inspectorate
  • Quality assurance officers
  • Contract officers
  • Specialist housing officers
  • Contractor /DLO employees.

Participants should already have a basic working knowledge of damp issues.

David Stead

Technical David Stead  

David is the Managing Director of Damp Proof Control Systems. He is a Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT) .

Having worked for many of the leading damp practitioners across the UK and abroad, David brings with him a wealth of experience gained over 25 years in the surveying and damp industries. A colourful character, David’s sessions provide a practical application to an understanding of damp and it’s effective diagnosis.

Wayne Anderson

Technical Wayne Anderson

Wayne Anderson is an expert lecturer, national conference speaker, chartered surveyor, arbitrator and consultant. His training sessions are lively, colourful and interactive and are based on extensive experience gained over 25 years with best practice organisations involved in the housing repairs and maintenance sector. Wayne has a reputation for simplifying complex issues and encouraging frontline staff to develop a deeper understanding of maintenance issues that can be applied confidently on a day-to-day basis.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk