In the Spotlight – Meet our Bristol Damp Proofing Surveyor Jeremy Johnson
17th February 2020
In the Spotlight this week is our Bristol damp proofing surveyor Jeremy Johnson. Let’s find out what makes him tick.
How long have you worked in the damp proofing industry?
It is coming up to 8 years, with the majority of that managing a team of surveyors, onsite operatives and office staff. This gives me a unique view off the surveying role as I have a great understanding of how all parts of the business working together gets the best results for customers.
Can you describe your typical working day?
The early bird catches the worm, so I’m generally checking emails and digital platforms over breakfast planning for the day ahead.
Usually, it’s then on to my first survey. Once I’ve done my surveying field work, its back to the office where I write up my reports and recommendations which are bespoke for each client.
No two days are the same, so I don’t really have a ‘typical’ day as it depends greatly on requirements of my customers.
Is there a particular property or project you worked on that stands out for you?
There have been many over the years but the ones that stand out are the more complex and involved ones; using timber resin repairs to remedy dry rot infected roof beams in heritage properties, structural repairs to a block of flats that had dangerously low volume of wall ties (you’ve got to love 1970’s building practices) and prestigious works at the BBC in Bristol for both Dry Rot and damp.
Have you ever encountered anything that wasn’t quite as it seemed?
I attended a site which showed a rising damp profile, both visually and by the readings taken. The property was built in the 90’s and a DPC was visible. After checking everything I finally found the issue as being a leaking pipe. Another company had been in and quoted for damp works that just weren’t needed. Good detective work is a key skill for a surveyor to make sure people are given the right advice.
How important do you think experience is to be a successful damp proofing surveyor?
Of course, your number of years’ experience is paramount to be a successful surveyor but consider this: You can have 20 years’ service in the industry but experience also includes the type of properties you see.
From my own experience, I have seen cob walled cottages in Cornwall, stone-built houses in Wales, terraced houses in Bristol with black ash mortar, basements in all shapes and sizes throughout the South West. So if you measure experience purely in terms of time then it might not match the successful surveyor you are looking for.
If you hadn’t been a surveyor, what else would you have been?
The list is a long one: artist, musician, DJ, radio presenter, photographer.
What do you get up to when you’re not sorting out property damp problems?
I have a lovely static caravan in West Wales near Newquay, so I try to spend as much time there as I can.
Other than that, I am a keen kettlebell enthusiast which keeps me fit and healthy. I also enjoy DIY projects and host a weekly online radio show so listen out for me!