smt associates


Building Pathology


"There is no-one I have worked with in Cornwall who knows so much about the use of lime, sands, and other traditional materials for use in repair and conservation of old buildings"A.P. English Heritage

"Stephen takes a very methodical approach to conservation repair and deals with each challenge in a careful sequence of stages"

"Stephen is now probably the top expert in Cornwall on the analysis of damp problems in historic buildings" E.B. Conservation Officer

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Building Pathology Services

We have specialist expertise in many areas of building investigations, remedial specification and supervision of works on site.  Our aim is to provide the best possible service for our clients and provide a jargon free report collating the information and providing a “holistic” approach to ensure only necessary and appropriate remedial works are undertaken.

Our services include:

  • Fungal decay identification
  • Insect decay identification
  • Residual timber strength investigation and profiling
  • Damp and timber surveys
  • Residual moisture and hygroscopic salts analysis
  • Moisture and salt profiling of masonry
  • Investigation of residual moisture after fire and flood
  • Deep moisture probing
  • Environmental monitoring with data loggers
  • Installation of remote monitoring of the external and internal environment
  • Investigation of mould growth
  • Salt analysis
  • Testing of timbers for pockets of decay with micro drills
  • Investigations of voids with borescopes
  • Thermal imaging surveys
  • Lime mortar analysis and grading of sands
  • Stone repair and consolidation
  • Investigation of mortar and plaster failures