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Chartered Surveyors Sutton Coldfield is owned by Steve Butler - MRICS Chartered Surveyor.

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Chartered Surveyors Sutton Coldfield Blog and Photographs from Building Structural and Homebuyers Surveys and Reports

Rotten window Sutton Coldfield Structural Survey

Rotten window frame. Our surveyors that that it was probably due to persistent condensation. Note that in addition to the single glazing this outhouse has a single skin brick wall and will be very cold. It is likely that warm wet air escaping from the adjacent kitchen has persistently condensate out on the glass over the years. On timber window frames our building surveyors think that it is particularly important to look after the joint of the glass and putty and the joints at the bottom of the frame as they allow water to sit on the timber permanently causing it to decay.
Wet Rot in a roof building survey sutton coldfield
Failure to undertake a ten minute repair has allowed serious wet rot decay of this roof structure. Water has dripped through the joins of the planks over a period of years due to a failure of the roofing felt. Small patch repairs of roofing  felt can be undertaken in fifteen minutes or so with a small piece of felt and some bitumen.  Our property surveyors find that the most common cause of felt roof failure is lifting of the joints. If you have such a roof run a small amount of bitumen along the  laps of the felt each autumn
Wet rot plant Homebuyers survey
Here is some more wet rot. This time it is in a damp unventilated cellar. That the wet rot can survive suggests that there is a high risk of decay of any floor structures or of beetle infestations as they like damp timber. In this instance the damp condition were exacerbated by blocking of under floor ventilation. Poor ventilation encourages particular destructive.  Dry Rot decay as it likes still air. Dry Rot is particularly problematic as it can spread far form a source of moisture affecting dry wood.  As predicted there was also extensive evidence of active beetle infestations in the cellar. Our surveyors pay particualr attention to underfloor vents on both building survey and homebuyers reports.
Double glazing units that have been badly affected by condensation. The failure is caused by the seal around the edge of the glazing unit failing. Seal failure is often caused by the unit sitting in water due to the drainage holes at the bottom of the frame being blocked. Once the unit is misted the only remedy it to remove it and replace with a new unit. If units are starting to fail our surbveyors suggest that you consider checking the drainage holes on unaffected units or removing them and having them resealed.
Unsightly pipe sleeves. However if cut to the correct length these sleeves are important. They prevent chemical damage to copper pipes passing through concrete floors. The concrete will attack and eat away the copper in unprotected pipes. The sleeves are particularly important for gas pipes. The sleeves also prevent mechanical damage due to thermal movement where pipes pass through walls.


These steps are typical of a Victorian terrace. The lead down into an annex built at a lower level than the main property to save construction costs. Part of the room is in the roof to further save money. The problem with the steps is that people do not expect them to be behind a door and they are thus a trip/ fall hazard. If possible a landing should be constructed between the steps and the door but often there is not room as can be seen in this instance.

This ceiling is in a projection at the back of a 1900 terrace house. The projection first floor room has been built into the roof to save money at the time of construction. Our surveyors see a lot of these angled ceilings in Victorian houses and some 1930's properties. The problem with the angled ceilings is that they are often not insulated leading to cold and condensation. It might be possible to push rigid sheets of insulation down in to the ceilings from the main roof void. Otherwise it is necessary to remove the plaster to insert the insulation. It is important that woollen insulation is not stuffed between the rafters are it prevents air flow allowing condensation within the roof structure. Our building surveyors suggest that rigid insulation with a gap between the insulation and roof covering should be used to allow air to flow.


A cautionary tale about cheap surveys

We recently had to clear up on behalf of a client who had opted for a survey from one of our cheaper surveyor allies. 

The surveyor had not bothered to move the remains of a bed in an otherwise empty house to get in to the attic. It took us about 30 seconds.

The roof had a number of snapped rafters as an original slate surface had been replaced with heavier concrete tiles. Expensive!

The surveyors had not opened the drain cover as it was supposed to be corroded in.  Again it took us about 30 seconds.

The drain was of course blocked due to a problem with the channel.

The surveyor offered some advice about dampness. The suggestion was completely unnecessary and put everybody in the house at risk of burning to death as the suggestions severely compromised the fire protection of the property. In this case particular important, as it was three stories plus cellar and likely to be in multiple occupation.

We were able to advise the client against that course of action saving potential prosecution/ closure by the Environmental Health Officer.

By doing only half a job and not stopping to think about the content of the report they were naturally able to be much quicker and cheaper. But not so cheap in the long run!


STEVE BUTLER CHARTERED SURVEYORS are entirely independent. We have no obligatios to estate agents or lenders and we never pay commission for introductions to clients. Most importantly we only act with the clients interest in mind.


The main advantages of dealing with our Chartered Surveyors are :


PERSONAL ATTENTION: We only have a limited number of clients to ensure that the level of service is maintained. Telephone calls from clients or potential clients are always welcome.


PROFESSIONALISM:  Our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who ensure the practice complies with exacting standards. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors require that our surveyors keep up to date with property matters, maintain audited clients accounts, professional indemnity insurance and a formal complaints procedure.         


ACCESS: Property matters can be very worrying. You can invariably telephone one of our Chartered Surveyors between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm seven days per week. If you have a problem or don't understand something please feel free to call.


RAPID RESPONSE: Our surveyors can invariably visit you same day or next day, at the office or home.




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