John Creed has carried out structural surveys and prepared reports on same since his time working in London in the 1980s.
Structural surveys involve a thorough inspection of accessible elements of a building and site which typically involves the boundaries, lawns, driveways, footpaths and then moving onto the house; the chimneys, roof, gutters, downpipes, soffits and fascias along with the walls, doors and windows.
Internally we look at the external wall type (of critical importance: a modern cavity wall prevents water ingress from wind-blown rain), internal walls, floors and ceilings.
We check each room in turn typically looking for cracking and evidence of dampness which is generally checked with an electronic moisture meter.
We generally enter the attic provided it is possible to do so to check for roof structure, felt, insulation, storage tank and expansion tank (if applicable).
Reports are often required for insurance purposes after flood, fire or storm damage.
Reports are also required by developers when taking housing estates into ‘the charge of’ Local Authorities.
We can carry out land surveys using electronic theodolite equipment. This type of survey can show contours, boundaries, buildings, overhead cables, sewer lines etc.