BPI Bundaberg Finds Signs of Past and Current Water Penetration to Ceilings

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BPI Bundaberg Building and Pest Inspections finds signs of past and current water penetration to ceilings to a local property within the Alloway area.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au.

The Inspectors Perspective

RISING DAMP IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM OF MEDIEVAL CASTLES

The damper climate conditions of the past couple of years have resulted in an increase in the occurrence of rising damp in the perimeter areas of concrete floors. Prior to this, several years of dryer conditions reduced the number of properties presenting with this problem. The problem now is quite common, and can be due to a number of factors. Rising damp can lead to serious deterioration of building elements if left unchecked for an extended period.

Some indicators of rising damp can be a musty smell in carpets and closets, mould growth, drummy floor tiles, decay to the bottom edge of skirtings, external paint or render damage to the slab edge or persistent dampness to the exposed edge of the concrete slab. A good building inspector will have equipment to test for moisture and should always use this equipment when conducting a building inspection…

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Decay was noticed the skirting boards during a pre purchase inspection.

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The moisture meter indicates a problem to this garage floor.

Today’s building methods have progressed from the days of medieval construction and concrete floors are now constructed with a moisture barrier (plastic sheeting) under the slab. Problems can arise from one or a combination of factors including, incomplete moisture barriers (e.g. plastic collapsing into trench during concrete pour), poorly constructed concrete with increased permeability, poor site drainage, inadequate detailing and / or installation of moisture barrier to the slab edge. The latter two being quite common. Moisture can also come from other than the slab edge due to poor construction practices and building deterioration such as poorly constructed / porous masonry walls, inadequate or damaged damp proof flashing, blocked or inadequate weepholes, poor installation of brick ties, roof and wall leaks.

Rectification of construction problems can be complex matter for builders, but there are a number of recommendations that the home owner can follow to minimise the risk of rising damp problems. Most importantly, ensure there adequate falls to the soil and paths around the house to prevent water ponding or the soil becoming waterlogged. Ensure all roof areas have gutters and adequate downpipes that discharge water well away from the house and that they are kept clear of leaves etc. Consider applying a waterproofing compound to the slab edge below ground level if the plastic membrane has not been brought to the surface. Do not raise the soil too high against the building and ensure brick weepholes are kept clear and free draining.

This information is provided for general guidance only and in no way replaces the services of professional consultants.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

Poor Inspection at Abbotsford

At the conclusion of my building and pest inspection at Abbotsford today the owner of the house told me about a previous inspection of her property by another company. The other inspector had identified this small area of timber damage in her garage as termite damage and the purchasers withdrew from the sale. His entire inspection took 20 minutes maximum. He did not go on the roof, into the roof void or under the house. My inspection took two hours and included in that was the two seconds that it took to see that the small area of timber damage in the garage was wood decay caused by a small leak in the roof – very clearly not caused by termites.

There are Building and Pest Inspectors and then there are Idiots.

The problem is that the general public don’t know the difference and just go for the cheapest price. Of course he can quote cheap, he only spent 20 minutes on the job and the client would have been better served if he hadn’t turned up at all.

Try to ask around and get a referral, not just from the agent handling the sale.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

Termite activity caught in the nick of time!

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I discovered Live Schedorhinotermes spp located concealed behind a cardboard box within a Subfloor storage area. The only sign of termite activity was a single mud lead located in the corner of the storage area. On further inspection, the cardboard box was removed and a termite gallery was located! The box was actually glued to the wall with mud and absolutely choc-a-block full of live termites. Luckily the termites were discovered before they were able to gain access into the residence and damage any timbers.

Another week or two and they might not have been so lucky! Regular termite inspections are essential!

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

SITE DRAINAGE ESSENTIALS

Poor site drainage can lead to many problems in and around your home.
Inspect around your property, especially adjacent to the house. After rain, a walk over the entire area will help to identify any boggy or obviously wet areas.
Rain water run off can accumulate in pockets and be held, even on sloping sites and especially in clay based or impermeable soils.

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Lack of slope and concrete edging to this garden causes water ponding against the house.

Water ponding under the house together with poor subfloor ventilation can lead to mould and rot attacking subfloor timbers.
Water ponding against foundations, especially in areas with clay soil profiles, can lead to cracking in brickwork and even to serious structural failures. This can also lead to rising damp in floor slabs and brickwork which can cause serious damage to building elements as well as mould in the house that can be a serious health threat to the occupants. I recently conducted a pre purchase inspection on a seven year old home for a client and I discovered that bottom plate of the exterior wall frames was severely damaged by wood rot caused by rising damp to the extent that I could place my fingers under the wall frame where it should have been solid timber.

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Severe wet rot to the wall frame behind the wall sheeting.

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Rising damp can cause damage to various building elements.

Moisture in and around houses is also very attractive to termites as they need moisture to survive, which is another very good reason to ensure proper drainage to all areas.

It is very important to ensure that water cannot enter the subfloor area or pond adjacent to the house. Provide suitable gradients to all hard and soft surfaces and where necessary install in ground pipes and drainage systems.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

Roof Defects found in Building & Pest Inspection at Abbotsford

BPI Building & Pest Inspections Bundaberg were out inspecting a property at Abbotsford this week and came across the following Building Defects.

Cracked Tiles & Broken Tiles

  1. Leaves in the Valleys
  2. Leaves in the Gutters
  3. Water damage to the below roof and flashings
  4. Water penetration into ceilings and below

BPI recommends all gutters all gutter and valleys be kept clear of leaves and debris at all times.

Any such defects would be picked up during a annual Building and Pest Inspection

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

BPI Bundaberg finds live termites and ponding issues in subfloor

 

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BPI Bundaberg Building and Pest Inspections finds live termites and ponding issues in subfloor

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

Ponding water causes Wood Decay in Subfloor – Hervey Bay

Damp soil / water ponding within the Subfloor area causes timber support stumps to develop wood decay. The can cause the bases of the timber support stumps to rot out and cause subsidence to the flooring of the house. This situation can be rectified by diverting all surface water runoff away…

If you have any concerns about this or any other building matters, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

Ponding water causes Wood Decay in Subfloor – Bundaberg

Damp soil / water ponding within the Subfloor area causes timber support stumps to develop wood decay. The can cause the bases of the timber support stumps to rot out and cause subsidence to the flooring of the house. This situation can be rectified by diverting all surface water runoff away from the perimeter and subfloor area of the residence. This may required a qualified plumber / drainer or could be as simple as grading the external soil away from the subfloor area. The timber support stumps may require leveling and packing. But in bad cases the support stumps may be beyond rectification and require replacement. If several support stumps require replacement and the installation of drainage is required, this exercise can be costly.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au

BEWARE OF HALOGEN LIGHT DEATH TRAPS

Thousands of homes fitted with recessed halogen down lights are potential death traps. These lights generate high amounts of heat and have the potential to start a ceiling fire. Ceiling fires are particularly dangerous as the fire can be spreading rapidly in the roof cavity without activating a…

If you have any concerns about this or any other building matters, you can call Glen King at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 4151 1613 visit http://www.buildingandpestinspectionsbundaberg.com.au or email us on Bundaberg@bpic.com.au