National trade body, The Property Care Association (PCA) has produced a free guide to provide an insight into preservation surveys and what they entail.
Preservation surveys, which investigate signs of dampness, timber decay and insect infestation in properties, are often requested as part of a pre-purchase survey, or when a property occupier suspects there may be a specific problem.
This latest guide from the PCA gives an overview of the survey process, using real-life case studies to illustrate some of the problems that occur and how affected properties are reinstated.
It also discusses what homeowners can do to minimise the risk of such defects occurring.
The white paper, entitled ‘Preservation Surveys – A Background,’ is available to view at www.property-care.org/News.asp?ID=34
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “The preservation survey is a thorough procedure, which looks at all aspects of a property.
“If a preservation surveyor is appointed to identify a specific problem, once the existence and extent of the issue has been established, the main priority must be to focus on its cause.
“In cases of wet and dry rot, as well as many cases of insect infestation, the source of the problem is generally excess moisture.
“Broken roof tiles, blocked gutters and leaking water pipes, as well as poor ventilation of timber surfaces, can all be sources of excess moisture and basic property maintenance is often all that is needed to dry out the affected area.
“For a pre-purchase situation, the survey can unearth a wide-range of potential problems, giving buyers peace of mind about their property purchase before contracts are signed.”
The PCA represents the building preservation industry, and specialises in structural maintenance, waterproofing, damp-proofing, timber preservation and invasive weed control.
The Association is noted for its training and technical expertise, with an industry-recognised training programme and a renowned technical panel able to share best practice and guidance with members.
The PCA is also a member of Trustmark, the Government-backed scheme which aims to help consumers find reliable and trustworthy tradesmen when making improvements or repairs to their homes.
To find out more, log on to the PCA website at www.property-care.org or call 0844 375 4301.
As well as further information about problems with timber preservation in properties, the PCA website has a ‘Find a Specialist’ page to enable homeowners to search for a qualified PCA member should they require a preservation survey. This can be viewed at http://www.property-care.org/PCSearch.asp