In a nutshell, defects are simply issues with components of a building that are no longer functioning well at their job. It’s a technical term for a lot of the issues a building surveyor might spot on an episode of Homes Under the Hammer. It’s the bread and butter of a RICS Chartered Building Surveyor.
You might be most familiar with defects like leaks, water getting in, cracks (like the one across your ceiling at home) or simply visible damage most likely impacting on the outside of the building or the interior bits like plasterboard and brick work.
These defects may crop up for any number of reasons but the most common being things like poor design, product deficiencies, workmanship issues, poor maintenance but also things like changes in the weather or simply things like tenants drying their clothes inside with the windows locked tight. A Chartered Building Surveyor can point you in the right direction and advise on what you need to do about it.
Things happen that we don’t see coming but in a lot of cases we can at least prepare and the first course of action is to get Perito to set up a planned preventative maintenance schedule. Regular maintenance will not only stop these defects in their tracks but its far, far cheaper and much quicker than having to react at the drop of a hat to every little thing.
If things are happening in threes all around you then you’ll have little choice but to be reactive and Perito can help here too. In the cases where the problem can’t be easily solved by a local contractor or the underlying cause identified then a Building Surveyor should be engaged to investigate with a whole gamut of special equipment.
Using our knowledge of building pathology and employing specialist testing techniques we will report our findings and give recommendations for repair works or other actions to be undertaken. In the event of building failure, the cause should be identified as a matter of urgency and remedial work put in place to correct the issue.
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