Timber & Damp Surveys
Timberwise are specialists in dampness and as such we can provide you with adequate care thanks to our timber and damp surveys. Many timber and damp issues in properties go unnoticed until the problem increases or the property is on the market and a survey is required on the instructions of either the mortgage lender of the property buyer.
Timberwise can provide you with an extensive report on our findings which will also contain our recommendations to rectify or alleviate the causes of dampness in the property. The report can also give details of any works that maybe required to be carried out. If no treatments are required, we will say so!
What is involved with a timber and damp survey?
An average damp and timber survey can take some considerable time to carry out correctly. It will take into account external observations such as the roof, chimney stacks, flashing’s, and rainwater goods. Other information such as the orientation of the property, condition of the external woodwork (windows and doors etc.), and the drainage and sub-floor ventilation are also taken into account.
Following the exterior inspection, the first place to start inside is ordinarily the loft as this will be where any defects in the roof covering will most likely show. The size together with condition of the roof timbers needs to be inspected for the existence of wood related issues such as woodworm or fungal decay such as Dry Rot. In the event that there has been a woodworm infestation or outbreak of Dry Rot the surveyor will make an evaluation on whether or not the infestation or Dry Rot is current or extinct. Proper care must also be taken to check if bats are in residence.
Looking at the first and ground floors of the property – walls, plaster, skirting and timbers are examined for dampness and signs of decay and infestation. Floor timbers will be inspected wherever accessible. Floorboards are not ordinarily lifted, however, they may be lifted if they are loose. It is recommended that the areas that are the subject of concern are made easily available and that, when possible, carpets and furniture are removed ahead of the surveyor’s visit to the property.
Timbers on staircases will be inspected. Any kind of visible evidence of timber decay will be reported on. External joinery will not ordinarily be inspected. Accessible surfaces of internal joinery shall be visually inspected. Internal and external observations will be taken, and feedback on general building defects likely to have an effect on internal timbers is usually incorporated wherever appropriate, in the report, if submitted. Where the property has a basement or cellar with access this would also be inspected.
An expert opinion from the go-to property care experts
It is essential that when having a timber and damp survey carried out on a property that any issues} are correctly identified to be able to specify the appropriate remedial treatments. It is vital therefore that the surveyor undertaking the survey is an experienced qualified surveyor. Timberwise, as members of the PCA (Property Care Association), can provide you with the reassurance that our qualified surveyors are some of the most experienced in the property care industry.
A survey by a trained surveyor may also help you save money! It occurs all too often that surveyor’s mistake penetrating damp and condensation problems for rising damp – this could then result in works which can be costly and unnecessary since these two conditions may ordinarily be treated at a fraction of the expense of remedial works.
Bear in mind, if the timber and damp survey is required by a mortgage lender that the company or surveyor who performs the survey on your behalf is required to be BWPDA (British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association) registered, now known as PCA (Property Care Association), otherwise the lender may well refuse to accept the report.