This website.

I hope those of you that have visited my old website are pleased with this one. In choosing the theme for the home screen I’ve ‘gone alternative’ with the sea theme.

All looks tranquil and serene but there’s a lot going on under the surface; much the same as a sub-floor inspection!

I hope you find this site sufficiently informative to discern that I am a Surveyor in whom you can trust to provide a professional surveying service, expeditiously.

It’s all about the base(ment).

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It’s all about the basement.

This is a Local Authority owned building with a Basement structure that, historically, had been ‘tanked’ with a bituminous coating.

As is often the case mineral salts, which are carried ‘in solution’ have been trapped between the brick face and the bituminous coating and this has led to the spalling of the bricks and the coating is now peeling from the brickwork.

We were employed to provide a solution upon which competing contractors could provide a quotation on a like for like basis.

In this instance the options for treatment, bearing in mind the damage that the bituminous coating had caused, were limited and a, ‘Type C’ cavity drain membrane system was specified as this will provide a long term solution without, adversely, affecting the status quo of the structure.

A P.C.A. registered Independent Surveyor.

This P.C.A. registered Surveyor:

In the world of pre purchase Homebuyers reports one is often faced, at an advanced stage of the house buying process, with an instruction from the money lending institution, to obtain a ‘damp and timber’ report from a P.C.A. registered contractor / surveyor.

Like many commentators, on various forums that I have read, I can understand the concerns of having a contractor to undertake such an inspection as they may, most likely, be the beneficiary of their findings. You may imagine that such findings may be interpreted, ‘kindly’, towards their services. On occasion defects that don’t pertain to rising dampness are either, ignored, or the Customer is referred to a general builder / roofer contractors for their opinion.

Please don’t believe all that you read. One misconception, that I feel I have to correct, is that one can attain a C.S.R.T. qualification following a three day training course. This is simply not the case. The exams are undertaken over a three day period however the P.C.A. stipulate that one must be suitably experienced prior to sitting the exam.

As an independent surveyor, with over 30 years’ experience inspecting all types of properties, I do not profess to be all seeing / all-knowing and I gain new experience on a daily basis. My job is a vocation and I am often asked to conduct a damp and timber inspection and, to me, this means a holistic inspection of all aspects of a property, from the roof to the ground. Whilst I am not a Chartered Building Surveyor, I am often referred to by such and the best analogy that I can provide is to liken a Chartered Surveyor with a G.P. The Chartered Surveyor conducts a ‘medical’ on the property and then refers you to the relevant specialist / consultant whose job is to throw more light on the subject.

With the foregoing in mind I will usually provide my clients with an overall assessment of all things related to dampness and decay.

Of course, if I am asked to inspect an isolated issue I will do just that however it is fair to state that, in order to get to the nub of the issue, I endeavour to go as far as is reasonably practical to be confident in my findings in order that I can recommend an appropriate solution.

 

John Goble. CSRT – CSSW

It’s all about me.

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It’s all about me!

 Who, in 1978, would have thought that I would have made my way in life as a surveyor specialising in dampness and decay in buildings? I certainly wouldn’t and it was by a quirk of fate that it happened at all!

Having wasted over five years of my, (I should also admit), and my employer’s time on an apprenticeship this cheeky young man found himself working, for a friend as a Plasterer’s Labourer. When the same friend informed me that he was packing in the plastering trade I found myself redundant and not really knowing what I was going to do. My friend had been offered a role as a cavity wall insulation installer, along with A.N. Other who, as luck would have it, didn’t show up for the job. My friend, when asked if he knew anyone who may be up to the job, gave my name and 1 week later I was interviewed, whilst being driven in a car from Salisbury to Wimborne, by the Service Manager of Rentokil’s cavity insulation division. Five years, and two promotions later, I was offered the opportunity to train as a ‘damp & timber’ surveyor and, as they say, the rest is history.

Fortunately all of this came at a time when, finally, I was maturing, and had met the future Mrs Goble; I was also open to learning new things and the foundation with which I was provided, by Rentokil, has stood me in good stead all these years later.

During this time the way in which this service sector has operated, in terms of the way in which we apply remediation treatments, has changed enormously although it’s important to recognise that one has to have the right business morals and ethics and want to provide a professional service; I have found, as an independent surveyor, I can look at any given situation with an open mind, not blinkered by the need to earn commission or the like.

We all have a role to play in this life and I am very well aware that I am an out and out service provider and, I like to think, a good one at that! If your needs are that you require an unbiased inspection, undertaken by an experienced individual, you will not go far wrong; I have testimonials too!

WELL WELL!

20160118_124913_resizedWell, what a surprise this was!

 

The homeowner has been in residence for a few years and employed our services to undertake an inspection to determine the cause of dampness within some of the ground floor rooms.

 

Having established the cause, (damp concrete oversite and the absence of a damp proof course), our inspection led us to undertake sub floor inspections in each of the ground floor rooms.

 

To our, and the homeowner’ , surprise we found a disused well within the sub floor void beneath the Sitting Room floor!

 

At the time of writing I believe the homeowner is contemplating making a feature of it and this, together with the fact that we were able to propose a resolution to the damp issues, means that ‘All’s well that ends well’. (I’ll get my hat and coat).