Damp proofer

Damp proofer

Damp proofers prevent damp from rising up from the ground - something that causes serious damage to buildings.

The Role

  • Identifying damp problems/ Cleaning and preparing the area
  • Laying damp proof membranes to prevent moisture seeping into a building from the earth.
  • For maintenance and replacement work, damp proofers drill holes into the building and fill with a liquid damp proof material such as silicone
  • Using a range of materials to seal the building from the damp ground beneath it
  • Giving advice to the client or main contractor
  • Dealing with any issues that come up with customers and projects
  • This is a physically demanding career and suits people who enjoy a very active working day


  • Newly trained damp proofer’s can earn in the region of £12,000 - £20,000
  • Trained with experience damp proofer’s can earn in the region of £20,000 - £30,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and overtime. Self-employed damp proofer’s set their own pay rates.

Qualifications and Training

There are no formal requirements to begin a career as a damp proofer but it helps to have GCSEs/Standard Grades in English and Maths at grades A* - C or their equivalent, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals 4/5 or Standard Grades.

A level 2 NVQ In Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing is available for this area of work.  In addition to a Specialist Apprenticeship Programme - on site treatment of timber and damp above ground in buildings.


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Find out more

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