Damp & Timber PCA Technicians Reports (Invasive & Non-Invasive Available)
It takes a qualified expert to spot potential problems with a damp and timber infestation in a building and to ensure that any problems are diagnosed correctly. Our surveyors and PCA qualified technicians will survey the exterior of the property, identifying any potential defects that may lead to damp ingress or timber decay in the future from the chimney pot, roof and rainwater goods through to the external ground levels and the subfloor ventilation of the property.
Next, the surveyor/technician will establish if the property already has an existing damp proof course of any description and if so what type. The surveyor will also look out for high ground levels which may lead to a bridging of the damp proof course and potentially cause decay in any adjacent timbers. Internally, ground floor walls are profiled for signs of dampness. Where carpets can easily be pulled back timbers beneath will be inspected. Where we have permission, floor boards may also be lifted where possible to examine the sub floor void and the condition of the timbers.
Timbers on the first floor of the building will be examined for signs of fungal decay (such as dry rot) or wood-boring beetle infestation (such as woodworm). Once again where possible, carpets will be pulled back for floor boards (and where possible the voids and timbers beneath) to be examined. The surveyor will also look into the roof void for signs of rising dampness, fungal decay or beetle infestation.
*Non-invasive reports are not a 100% accurate specification of the work because not all parts of the property are fully inspected or opened up. A more detailed inspection is available to provide a more accurate picture but this will involve disruptive “Invasive” work (for an example, taking up floor boards, knocking out bricks / concrete and so on to check for damp).
*Invasive reports will be much more accurate but you MUST own the property or have the property owner’s permission for an invasive report.
The surveyor will then compile a full written report (including where necessary a sketch plan detailing work that needs to be carried out). Should you have any questions about the report Pro-Trade South Wales will happily book a phone meeting to chat with your surveyor about any issues found in the property; or talk over any concerns you may have.
Pro-Trade offer damp proofing solutions & timber care remedies that can help combat your problem. Call on 01495 361595 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
We undertake Damp & Timber reports for all mortgage providers.
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