Building Surveys


Domestic Building Surveys – Houses and Flats

 

A building survey on a domestic property involves the identification of any of the following:

  • Nail fatigue and fixing failures to pitched roofs, often resulting in the need for expensive re-roofing.
  • Structural failure of roof timbers, often resulting in costly structural repairs or remodels.
  • Cavity wall insulation failure, often resulting in highly expensive and disruptive repairs.
  • Penetrating flooding in basement walls, often resulting in costly tanking works.
  • Delaminating brickwork and concrete and other structural failures.
  • Penetrating dampness in walls, resulting in costly remedial work.
  • Geotechnical issues with houses being built on poor ground conditions resulting in foundation failure and expensive underpinning required.


An example of Nail Fixing Fatigue on a recent home disrepair survey.

 


Commercial Building Surveys

 

A building survey on a commercial property involves the identification of any of the following:

  • Plasticizer migration and failure of single ply roofing membranes, often resulting in costly re-roofing works.
  • Leaks to concealed storm water roof drainage resulting in expensive repairs to internal building fabric.
  • Defective “fire stopping” and “fire cavity barriers” within voids impacting occupational health and safety.
  • Failure of gaskets to curtain walling.
  • Nickel sulphide inclusions in toughened glass.
  • Site environmental contamination.
  • Structural failure of steel and concrete beams.


An example of dry rot found on one of our building surveys.


Industrial Building Surveys

 

A building survey on an Industrial property involves the identification of any of the following:

  • “Cut edged” corrosion to metal profiled roof sheets.
  • Failed, discoloured warehouse roof lights.
  • Failed siphonic rainwater roof drainage.
  • Failed or missing “man safe” roof access systems.
  • Missing expansion joints to masonry panels.
  • In adequate fire safety glazing between compartment walls.
  • Defects to structural floors.
  • Inadequate building services capabilities.
  • Environmental contamination.


An example of cut edged corrosion on the gutters of an industrial building we surveyed recently.


Terence Anderson Chartered Building Surveyors

Terence Anderson are a thorough and professional team of chartered building surveyors based in Manchester who offer a variety of building survey services across the UK. Contact us for more information or get in touch to find out how we can help you.