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The surveyor you have is a complete idiot. If the balsa core has water coming into it...it will ROT and the core will DELAMINATE. This makes the deck unsound structurally for the loads placed on it. Ignoring it will ensure that you will have to replace/recore the whole deck, as the water will migrate along the core, and the problem will expand its area of intrusion.
Depending on how badly rotted the balsa core is, the idea of drying it out may or may not work. If the core is still solid, and hasn't yet turned to mush, then drilling the holes and filling with epoxy is viable. If the core has already rotted and turned to mush, the only real option is to re-cored that area of the deck.
While you are doing this, it would be wise to remove the deck hardware in the area affected and see how it was bedded. If the originaly installation did not have the holes for the fasteners and for the through-deck fittings drilled out with the core removed and then back-filled with thickened epoxy, to prevent water from intruding into the core, now would be the time to do so. It will help prevent the need for such a repair in the future.
P.S. I'd also get a more reputable and knowledgeable surveyor.
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