By P V Glover
1. Surveyors and their instructions2. condo surveys three. Foundations four. partitions five. flooring 6. Roofs and chimneys 7. Joinery and carpentry eight. Finishes and surfaces nine. providers 10. The record eleven. domestic file 12. stories on non-residential structures thirteen. experiences on residences and different dwellings in a number of career 14. reviews on new structures 15. experiences on older structures sixteen. stories on leasehold houses 17. stories for potential mortgages 18. a standard construction Survey file 19. felony issues 20. Dilapidations 21. Conservation and the surveyor 22. The surveyor as a professional witness
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Endoscope. Drain plugs and drain testing equipment. Metal detector. 1 Equipment for a Building Survey of a simple low rise structure. For more specialised inspections other equipment are available; hand augers for taking soil samples and shear vane testers for testing clay soils, for example, or concrete core sampling equipment; calibrated tell tales may be used for monitoring crack damage in walls; radon gas detectors may be used. However, none of this specialised equipment is likely to be used during the course of the initial Building Survey.
BS 5837, 1980 ‘Code of Practice for Trees in Relation to Construction’). This BS states: ‘Where the presence of shrinkable clay has been established and where roots have been found Subsoils or are anticipated in the future, it is advisable to take precautionary measures in the design of the building’s foundation (in accordance with CP 2004, 1972 and CP 101, 1972). Alternatively, consideration should be given to designing the superstructure to accommodate any foundation movement that might be induced by clay shrinkage.
97. Failure to obtain listed building or conservation area consent where these apply. 98. Thermal expansion and contraction causing cracks to Calcium Silicate brickwork. 99. Death watch beetle in old damp hardwoods especially Oak. 100. Neighbours undertaking works to party walls without necessary agreement. It is interesting to compare this list with the list I prepared in 1980 for the first draft of this book and how clients’ concerns have changed. The three main issues raised by clients still seem to be cracks, damp and the roof.
Building surveys by P V Glover