Protecting buildings in the Home Counties

JW Surveys: Protecting buildings in the Home Counties too!

The Protection of Ancient Buildings
JW Surveys are delighted to be members of The Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings. Much of the old timber of ancient build is irreplaceable and simply too precious to lose. When we carry out our surveys for timber damage and timber pest infestation, we follow the guidelines set down by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to ensure that our recommendations for wood treatments are not destructive to the fabric of the building. In this way we help to preserve the unique history of the building in question complete with its wear and tear and authentic signs of use.

Throughout the Home Counties there are many rural cottages and farm outbuildings that can benefit from employing the SPAB practices documented in BS7913:2013. At JW Surveys we carefully evaluate all damp and pest damage to wooden building structures. The remedies and treatments we recommend will always care for the building and as far as is possible ensure that unique and attractive features of old wood bearing signs of age and use can be retained. JW Surveys can also provide this service to owners of buildings that may not be legally protected but where the owner wishes to retain the character and history of the building and know that all structural problems have been dealt with.

We have now expanded our area of coverage. Customers with damp and woodworm of other wood pest issues in buildings in any of the home counties can now benefit from our services.

  1. Buckinghamshire
  2. Hertfordshire
  3. Essex
  4. Berkshire
  5. Middlesex
  6. Surrey
  7. Kent
  8. Sussex
  9. London

Please contact us for a no-obligation discussion. We will then arrange for a woodworm survey and produce an independent report of any problems found and the treatments required.

Our Services

All surveys are carried out in accordance with:-

  • BS7913:2013 Guide to the Conservation of Historic Buildings
  • BS 5250:2016 Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings.
  • And the SPAB approach to building conservation which combines well-proven principles with practical repair techniques.

JW Surveys carry out the following surveys and reports within the South East of England:

  • Independent Damp & Timber Surveys and Reports
  • Damp & Timber Pre-Purchase Surveys
  • Structural Waterproofing Reports
  • Structural Waterproofing Design to BS8102:2009
  • 7 Days A Week subject to availability



*Based on a domestic 2 bedroomed property

Limited Survey (Level 1) - from £250.00*

Suitable for clients with a specific limited area of dampness or decay.  JWSurveys will carry out a limited non-destructive inspection but will undertake an onsite salt analysis test.

Property Condition with combined Timber & Damp Survey  (Level 2) - from £350.00*

This survey is suitable for most conventional properties, built as early as 1900s except period properties and those with a “Listed” status. JWSurveys will carry out a non-destructive inspection but will undertake an onsite salt analysis test.

Period Property Condition with Timber & Damp Survey (Level 2a) - from £400.00*

Suitable for the more unusual property. Eg period properties or those with “Listed” status.

Reports Compliant with Civil Procedure Rules Part 35 - from £500.00*

Suitable for use as evidence for the purpose of civil proceedings in a court in England or Wales


Available Add-Ons

  • On site salt analysis - £15.00 per sample
  • Calcium Carbide Test - POA - (Note: - The calcium carbide test involves the taking of a number of material samples by drilling a series of holes into the strata and we would require written permission from the vendor/owner before carrying out this test as we do not "make good" to the disrupted areas tested)

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