Expert Inspections for Building Integrity
In Wiltshire, Smith Heritage Surveyors are experts at finding and fixing building problems. Our team of seasoned experts specialises in comprehensive inspections and detailed reporting for both residential and commercial properties. We find and tell you about common problems like cracks, leaks, and structural issues so you can fix them.
What Does a Defects Survey Include?
Our defects survey service encompasses a comprehensive approach to ensure the structural integrity and safety of your property:
Thorough Building Inspection
Our experienced surveyors conduct an extensive examination of the property, meticulously inspecting every aspect to identify any structural faults. This involves inspecting foundations, walls, roofs, and other important structural parts to make sure they are safe and undamaged. Learn more about building regulations and standards.
Following the inspection, we provide a detailed report that outlines our findings. This report includes a clear explanation of any defects discovered, their causes, and the severity of each issue. The report is designed to be easily understandable, providing you with a clear picture of the property’s condition. Discover more about common building defects.
Guidance on Rectification
We offer expert advice on how to address the identified issues. This includes a comprehensive plan of action for repairs or renovations, along with an estimated cost for budgeting purposes. Our goal is to provide practical and cost-effective solutions to maintain your property’s value and safety.
Recommendations for Further Investigation
In cases where more in-depth analysis is required, we recommend further investigations. This might include specialist assessments or additional surveys to fully understand the extent of certain defects. Our recommendations are made with the aim of ensuring a thorough understanding and effective management of any building issues. Our survey helps you know your property’s condition, so you can decide on maintenance, repairs, and improvements.
Common Defects Uncovered in Properties
Some of the most frequent defects our surveyors encounter include:
- Subsidence and Heave: These refer to the downward and upward movement of the ground supporting the building, often caused by changes in soil moisture levels. Subsidence can lead to significant structural damage if not addressed promptly. Learn about subsidence and heave.
- Cracking in Brickwork: Visible cracks in brick walls can indicate underlying structural issues. These cracks may result from settlement, thermal movement, or other stress factors affecting the building’s stability.
- Structural Movement: This encompasses any shift or distortion in the building’s structure, which can compromise its integrity. Causes range from foundation issues to environmental factors like soil movement or extreme weather conditions.
- Timber Decay and Rot: Timber decay happens in old buildings when fungi or insects damage the wood, making it weaker. Read about timber decay and damp treatment.
- Damp Issues: Dampness in buildings can manifest as mold, mildew, or moisture damage. It’s typically caused by inadequate waterproofing, poor ventilation, or leaks, and can lead to health problems and structural damage.
- Roofing Defects: These include issues like missing or broken tiles, leaks, or poor insulation. Roof defects can lead to water ingress and further damage to the property. Explore roofing defects and solutions.
- Poor Construction Quality: This category includes various problems caused by poor building practices. These problems can arise from low-quality work, insufficient materials, or failure to adhere to building rules. As a result, both structural and appearance issues may occur.
Why Choose Smith Heritage for Your Building Defects Survey?
- Expertise and Experience: Our team’s extensive knowledge and experience in building defects ensure accurate identification and effective solutions.
- Comprehensive Reporting: We give reports that show problems and help you with the steps to fix and maintain them.
- Client-Centric Approach: We tailor our services to meet your specific needs, ensuring your property’s structural soundness and longevity.
Contact Smith Heritage for Your Building Defects Survey
If you’ve noticed any structural issues in your property, Smith Heritage Surveyors can help. Contact us now to schedule a comprehensive survey for property defects in Wiltshire and ensure its structural stability.