Surveying timber and dampness in buildings

Tywi Centre



The timbers in buildings decay and rot because of adverse environmental conditions such as water leaks and prolonged damp or wetness. The purpose of this course is to provide candidates with the knowledge to identify, resolve and report problems relating to dampness and timber decay in buildings. The scope of this standard covers:

  • Condensation and dampness: causes, diagnostics, and treatment options
  • Timber: biology, decay, and insects
  • Legal aspects, health and safety, survey methodology, and report writing

Summary of content

  • Causes of dampness in buildings
  • Effects of dampness in buildings
  • Diagnosis and methods of treatment of rising damp
  • Surveying procedures-methods of measuring and assessing moisture
  • Understanding traditional construction methods with a focus on timber elements
  • Wood borers and fungi
  • Treatment methods of timber infestations and fungal decay
  • Preservative types and application
  • Legislation, responsibilities and liabilities    
  • Health & safety implementation   
  • Survey report function and its content    



Who should attend?
This course is suitable for anyone who has experience of working in construction- either heritage or modern. It is particularly relevant to those working in Wood Occupations and would be of real value to surveyors and architects.

CITB Training standards and grants

This course is a CITB training standard. CITB registered companies may be eligible to apply for funding from CITB to cover the cost of this course and to receive a short course grant. For full details of available grants and funding please visit or speak with your CITB local adviser.

CITB GET code and grant tier

GET2092 -grant tier 1

Surveying timber and dampness in buildings

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