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What Can Be Investigated During A Specific Defect Survey?

Looking after a property can be complicated, where unforeseen issues may arise over time that become costly to repair. That’s why it’s important to carry out a building inspection prior to purchase or if you’re moving into a new building, so you can estimate costs and mitigate any unpleasant surprises.


If an issue has been flagged with your property during a general inspection, then you may wish to carry out a specific defect survey as a follow up. This means that your surveyor will take a closer look at a specified issue, helping you to gain a better understanding of the problem and how much it will cost to repair.


Read on to find out what kind of property issues can be investigated during a specific defect survey.


A property surveyor will be able to investigate reports of subsidence during a specific defect survey, which is when structural issues are caused by the ground sinking under your home. This can be caused by a reduction in moisture in the ground, which causes shrinkage, where your surveyor will be able to identify the cause and propose potential solutions.

Damp & Rot

Damp and rot can be widespread in your property, where a surveyor will be able to assess the full extent of this problem if it was initially identified in a prior inspection. Your surveyor should be able to judge whether the issue is being caused by ventilation issues or humidity, where workable solutions will be set forth.

Wall Defects

Wall defects can cause serious structural issues throughout your property, where these could include cracks, holes or misalignments. A surveyor will investigate the cause and extent of the issue, in addition to carrying out a risk assessment to uncover whether the property is safe for occupation.

Roofing Problems

Problems with your roof may also require a specific defect survey in order to determine any structural or safety implications. Some surveyors will specialise in roofing problems such as leaks and tile damage, so you can get a professional recommendation on how best to proceed to resolve the issue.

Viking Surveyors: Professional Structural Inspections & Defect Reports

We can provide you with an in-depth specific defect survey in order to fully understand the issue with your property. Following our investigation, we will compile a detailed report that will specify any safety implications, related issues and repair costs.


In some cases, further problems will be uncovered, but you may also find that the issue isn’t as severe as first thought. We will keep you informed throughout the process, so you can feel confident in our professional conclusions.


Contact us today to find out more about our surveys, or take a look at our review page for an insight into our impressive customer service standards.

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