Some older buildings, ones that are nearing the century mark, need to have building surveying completed on them to ensure that they are up to code. This can be even truer if the building in question has gone through many renovations or has had many additions to it over the years. This type of survey will require building survey equipment that is specific to this type of measurement.
A thorough inspection of buildings is done by a building surveyor. Their main function is to conduct a visual and more in depth survey on the building in question. In some cases, a visual inspection is all that is required to judge if further surveys are needed. If there seem to be some issues, a more in depth survey may be required to test the soundness of the foundation and other problems that may render a building unsafe.
Much of the building survey equipment is the same as other surveying tools. These are necessary for conducting building surveys to check for defects and to offer routine maintenance on older buildings. Many times buildings need to be up to code in order for them to be used. A regular survey of the building can let the owner know if there are any issues that need to be addressed in order to maintain the integrity of it.
When natural disasters strike, surveying instruments will be a vital piece of the building survey equipment that will measure the stability of the building after the disaster. This is especially true for those areas that are rocked by strong earth quakes, tornados and hurricanes. These surveys may even need to be conducted on residential homes to determine their livability.
Insurance companies may require a building survey to be completed before the insurance company will pay on the damage. Any structure that has received damage should always have a surveyor come out and determine the extent of the damage as well as the condition for habitation or use. A report will be made available to the owners when the survey is completed that can be forwarded to the insurance companies for compensation if necessary.
Building survey equipment is also used by a surveyor to help architects and home owners associations at the beginning of construction to ensure the viability of the areas that are going to be built on. Before a land owner builds a home, a land survey should be taken before the home construction has begun.
Another survey should be completed after the foundation is completed to make sure it is up to code. Then the rest of the construction can be completed. Once this is done, the surveyor will conduct one final survey to make sure there was no damage to the foundation or structure during construction that would render the home unsafe.
It is important that homeowners take advantage of these types of surveys when building a new home. The building survey equipment that is being used will give the homeowner peace of mind that their home is safe and sound. Any insurance claims on damaged structures of any type will require building surveying.