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Surveyors in remedial treatments visit sites to determine the level of any damage to best advise how to remedy it. Typically, they will be looking for signs of damp, rot, and timber infestations, amongst other problems.
Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Surveyors in remedial treatments visit sites to determine the level of any damage to best advise how to remedy it.
They will be looking for signs of damp, rot, and timber infestations, amongst other problems. They will assess the scale of the issue and recommend the solution that best suits the circumstances.
As a surveyor in remedial treatments you would have a general background knowledge of construction and the common problems that existing structures can have. An understanding of moulds and mildews is also needed, along with awareness of current best practice for treating problems. Some treatments will be curative and solve an existing problem, whereas others will be preventative if the surveyor in remedial treatments predicts something may become a future concern.
I inspect properties for defects, in particular, for damp problems and fungal decay/insect attack to timbers. This can range from inspecting one wall to a full damp and timber inspection which may involve entering subfloor voids to inspect floor timbers. My role also involves speaking to clients and a large amount of my time is spent writing reports and driving between surveys.
My job is never boring and time goes too fast! I spend approximately half my time out of the office and the other half trying to catch up on my reports. So I am not sat at a desk all day, which I like. I also meet new and interesting people and probably the best part of the job is when I help solve a problem in a client’s home and get good feedback. I also get to view all sorts of different properties both small and large.
Very busy. The first hour is spent getting organised for the surveys I will be undertaking that day and getting equipment ready. I then usually carry out three to four surveys a day, which involves driving to each property, carrying out an inspection and making notes. I then dictate the findings onto my phone and email it back to the office where it is typed up. I usually get back to the office around 2-3pm when I will then write up reports, draw floorplans, prepare quotations and answer any email enquiries.
Time management and organisational skills are very important in this job or you would never get reports to the client’s on time. Other important skills are report writing, technical knowledge, good communication skills, attention to detail and observational skills.
I worked in supermarkets and a factory before deciding to go to university as a mature student where I gained a Building Surveying degree. At this stage I was interested in building pathology and timber decay and wrote a dissertation about termites which won an award. Unfortunately I graduated at the beginning of the credit crunch and found it very difficult to get a job in the construction industry so I ended up running an organic herb farm in Portugal for a couple of years! I still wanted to work in the construction industry and I found out about my current role through an old university friend, applied for the job and had my first interview from Portugal via Skype. I flew to England for my second interview and was offered the position.
Academically, gaining my BSc (Hons), Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatments (CSRT), Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualifications and winning the CSRT student of the year 2015 award.
Professionally, competing against two national companies and winning an £8000 job for our company.
Hopefully become a Director at Yorkshire Dampcourse, I would also like to become more involved in the activities of the Property Care Association (PCA).
Gain qualifications whilst you work as you will get a good balance of technical knowledge and practical skills and also don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
There are no formal qualifications required for becoming a surveyor in remedial treatments; however, you may want to complete GCSE’s in Mathematics and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.
Experience in damp proofing, plumbing or health and safety could be an advantage. There are specific training courses available to give those with experience of remedial work and construction enhanced skills in this area. This is a particularly positive career path for those with experience in damp proofing.
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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 4210 Surveyors (which includes Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) every year for the period 2017 - 2021. The highest demand will be in the South East followed by West Midlands, Wales, North East and North West.
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