The purpose of the survey is usually to try to establish the cause/s of a perceived problem, however in some cases it is not possible to be totally sure, especially if
there are historic issues which the client may not be aware of, or if the property has recently changed hands and there is no record of remedial issues.
Common concerns are...
Does the property suffer from Rising Damp? Penetrating Damp? Condensation? None of these or a combination?
What if any remedial works are advisable?
Is the woodworm infestation by the relatively harmless Bark Borer Beetle, Common Furniture Beetle, Wood Weevil, Death Watch Beetle, or the potentially dangerous House Longhorn Beetle?
Does it need to be treated? and if so what are the options?
Is the cause of a 'springy' floor or 'cracked/buckling' skirtings due to Wet Rot of which there are several types and usually quite straight forward to remedy, or true Dry Rot which can be much more involved?
Our report is intended to inform and advise the client. If specialist treatments are recommended we will make suggestions and recommendations for the works which can be tendered to a suitable contractor/builder for quotation purposes.
A site visit is necessary for this, and sometimes adjustments to the proposed works are required to comply with any guarantee requirements or practical and logistical issues.
With dampness or timber decay, the report will usually include a diagram floor plan showing the affected areas requiring works as ease of reference for the client and any contractor involved.
Not all remedial surveyors include a plan or diagram as a standard component of the report.