David Morton, CSRT and CSSW Surveyor, and Helifix Approved Surveyor
As an original member of the PCA Waterproofing Design Specialist (WDS) Register, David, along with colleague Paul Evans, is one of the few CSSW Surveyors on the PCA WDS Register.
BS8102:2009 – ‘Code of Practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground’ – recommends that a specialist in waterproofing is included in the design team for any structure where usable space is fully or partly below the ground level. 4.2 code states that: “A waterproofing specialist should be included as part of the design team so that an integrated waterproofing solution is created”.
How long have you been a Surveyor?
I started working for Rentokil in their ‘Damp Proofing and Waterproofing Division’ in 1982 and (apart from a few of the years between now and then outside this industry), I have been a Surveyor and in Management roles for Rentokil, Peter Cox and Preservation Treatments (from 2008) since then.
What is your background?
I started work as a carpenter doing a 4 year apprenticeship with Wates Construction. I joined Rentokil as a Surveyor in 1982.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Having been a Surveyor and also in Management positions (Branch Manager, Sales Manager, Regional Manager) over the years, the job as a Surveyor has always been the most enjoyable; Frustrating, at times but every day is different. I love that we see, and inspect, so many different types of property and meet so many different people, in all walks of life, along the way. I spend a lot of time in central London, which is a challenge in itself. One way of overcoming this, wherever I can, is to use a bicycle to get around to my appointments. It’s a nice release from being stuck in traffic and especially so when it’s possible to cycle through the parks, or along the side of the Regents canal.
Do you have any areas of special interest?
I tend to spend a large amount of my time dealing with basement waterproofing in properties, which is probably the area that most interests me. I also enjoy the many different types of architecture we see.