Water Proofing

The Process of Timber and Damp Surveys

Property owners get confused when they are asked to carry out timber and damp surveys on their properties before selling them. Most wonder why the survey is important and how it is carried out. Buyers benefit from timber and damp surveys as the surveys establish the exact value of the property. If you are buying a house that has been used by someone else, make sure you carry out the tests.

A building survey is conducted before the timber and damp proof surveys in Devon. If you have a feeling the house might have issues with dampness or woodworm infestations make sure you hire a specialist to conduct the survey for you.

What takes place during the survey?

The purpose of the survey is to identify any timber and wood infestation and to specifically diagnose the problem.

* The surveyor examines the external parts of the building and identifies any defects that may lead to timber decay or damp ingress from the roof, rain water goods and chimney pots.

* He then seeks to establish if the property has a damp proof course and the specific type. Next, he looks for high ground which has potential of bridging damp proof course thereby causing decay in the adjacent timbers.

* The specialist moves to the inner parts where he looks for signs of dampness on the walls and floor. If the property has carpets, he pulls them back and examines the timber below examined for signs of dampness.

* The surveyor checks whether the floorboards, roofs and the timber on the first floor have fungal decay, beetle infestation or rising dampness.

* After the timber and damp proof surveys in Devon, the surveyor writes a report. If there is need for sketch details when writing the report, the surveyor will include it in the report.

Our surveyors are available to answer any questions concerning the survey. Our charges are determined by the thickness of your walls and the size of your premises. Contact us at Pest Eradication (West) for accurate timber and damp surveys.