In order to detect the presence of moisture within a building a surveyor uses a moisture meter. Correct use of a moisture meter is essential when analyzing problems caused by damp. A moisture meter does not necessarily distinguish the difference between Rising Damp and Condensation, it merely indicates that a percentage of moisture is present or there is no moisture present at all. In order to make an accurate diagnosis from moisture meter readings a number of other very important factors come into the equation.
The CSRT qualified surveyor, has fully demonstrated his knowledge in assessing and interpreting moisture readings obtained using a moisture meter and will be able to confidently specify the relevant necessary work to rectify the problems being encountered. Where an incorrect assessment for problems of dampness is given it must be remembered that the original problem will still remain after substantial costs have been incurred. By the time the problems re-appear the client will usually be told he has a problem of a different nature and therefore no claim on the guarantee. This inevitably means another expense for the work, which should have been carried out in the first place and would have rectified the problem.
Clients are therefore strongly advised to make sure the Surveyor looking at their property is CSRT qualified.
It is of the utmost importance to get the problem correctly diagnosed FIRST ! It makes sense !