DEFECT INSPECTIONS

Our single-issue defect inspection reports are for homeowners or tenants concerned about defects such as dampness or cracking.

We will consult you before our visit to determine if we can help or if a structural engineer or specialist contractor may better suit your needs. We can visit your property to discuss your concerns with you and assess when the cracking or dampness appeared before carrying out a more detailed inspection of the concerning area.

If dampness is only affecting the lower walls, there will be no need to inspect the roof structure as we typically do during a Home Survey. Where there are several areas of concern, we can adapt our Home Surveys to be used by the current homeowner.

We will discuss our findings with you on-site, and our report will detail the likely cause of the defect, any further investigations needed and suggested repairs. We can also advise on whether your insurers should become involved with cracking or structural movement. Most cracking is minor and can be easily repaired; if this is unnecessarily reported to your insurers, this could affect your future premiums.

We are fully independent with no incentives to specify more work than necessary or use a specific manufacturer’s products. This way, you can ensure we act in your best interests, determining the most appropriate repair. Unfortunately, many damp-proofing companies or consultants benefit from recommending more expensive repairs via a percentage fee based on the contract figure.

SAMPLE DEFECT INSPECTION REPORT

DAMP INSPECTIONS

Dampness can be a result of rising or penetrating damp, condensation, pipe leaks or hygroscopic salts in the walls absorbing moisture from the atmosphere.

A damp inspection will identify the type of dampness present, diagnose its cause and list repairs.

CRACK INSPECTIONS

Cracks on buildings can also be caused by a number reasons from subsidence, lack of a movement joint, insufficient lintels above openings or excessive loading.

Our inspections will describe the cracking, measure its width, and suggest the cause and list repairs or further investigations. It is worth noting that not all cracking requires a structural repair and if we think movement is no longer taking place, we may advise that no action is needed.

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