At Building Survey London, we provide a wide range of building surveys. Our building surveyors and pathologists are a combination of fully qualified IICRC Water Damage Restoration Technicians, Applied Structural Drying Technicians, Fire Damage Restoration Technicians, FLIR Thermal Imaging Engineers, experienced builders, roofers and building surveyors, as well as structural engineers, party wall surveyors, and chartered surveyors. All our building pathologists, especially with regard to Forensic Building Pathology, collaborate to form a unique team which can produce empirical evidence. From basic building pathology such as the investigation of water damage, finding the cause of mould or condensation, or establishing the cause of subsidence/ heaving, structural cracking, or building movement, our building investigators and assessors have the techniques and expertise.
If you intend to begin an insurance claim, need evidence for an insurance claim, require trace and access or a report to even establish whether the cause of your problem is insurable as well as diagnose the cause, building pathology as party of a building assessment/ investigation is essential. Building pathology will always be about factoring in ALL variables that could contribute to or be causal of the issue being experienced/ investigated – it is an overall approach to tackling a problem. For every action there is a reaction; this is an extremely important thing to remember when it comes to building surveying. From a neighbour having a basement dug out and tanked resulting in a rise in local ground water levels, to diverted local traffic causing vibration damage, we can assist you in working out the cause of your building damage.
What is a building survey? Sometimes referred to as a ‘full structural assessment’, in short, a building survey is a detailed report on part, parts, or even all of, one or more aspects of a building. Our assessments can vary drastically depending on your requirements; as you can see from above, we offer a vast range of different building investigatory services. Of course, with any type of investigation, restrictions can hinder a ‘full structural survey’ which is why such terminology is not generally used anymore – factors such as fitted floor coverings, suspended ceilings and floors, false walls, limited roof access, limited access to neighbouring properties or land, and structural insecurity. Valuation of the property is not normally included in a building investigation or assessment but can be if required, and can also be instructed as the sole focus of instruction.
We often undertake building investigations and assessments on behalf of both existing leaseholders and freehold companies who need advice on the condition of their building, and/ or assistance in prioritising works and planning maintenance. Whilst the application of specialist thermal imaging and ultrasound techniques are our fundamental niche over almost all other building surveying organisations, our forensic building pathology practices help make us one of London’s leading building damage investigation firms. Our clients vary from everyday home owners and landlords, to large commercial building freehold companies and property maintenance companies. If you have or manage a building, why not contact us today to see how we can help you investigate a problem, manage your property or portfolio, or simply investigate, assess, and report upon elements of the building.