DAVID HEWETT MRICS is a founder
member of DAMPNESS DIAGNOSIS CONSULTANCY a group of
like minded property professionals intent on highlighting
mis-diagnosis of "dampness "and its financial and
He previously worked maintaining and improving
a portfolio of the London Borough of Lewisham's Housing stock
comprising of approx 10,000 assorted housing units. The majority
of the properties were part-modernised cottage style houses
and flats constructed between 1919 and 1939.
Established dampness diagnostic practices
were challenged and the benefits of Calcium Carbide testing,
which had fallen from general use, were highlighted. The greater
diagnostic accuracy this test equipment provided, together
with in-depth research completely eliminated the previously
perceived need for injected replacement damp proof courses
in the Council's properties!
Monies saved were diverted into appropriate
remedial measures that truly benefited both buildings and
their occupants thereby creating a high level of user satisfaction.
David Hewett - since leaving Lewisham
Council - has appeared as their expert witness in a number
of legal cases where the tenant's expert witnesses were attempting
to prove the occurrence of "rising damp". In all
these cases the Council successfully defended the actions
and defeated the substantial financial claims. He currently
practices independently and his clients include a number of
major property insurers, management companies, ecclesiastical
advisors, housing associations and very many owner-occupiers.
To reach Dampness Diagnosis Consultancy,
please see our Contacts page.