Weep holes underneath windows are a requirement to brick veneer dwellings where the window opening is greater than 1000mm to allow for the escape of water through the porous wall material.
Moss growth that is found around a building occurs due to excessive external moisture conditions and insufficient ventilation. Removal is recommended, especially on hard-surfaces, as it is extremely slippery when wet.
The installation of an agricultural line (aggline) drainage system will assist with removing surface water around the dwelling. The drainage system is installed around the perimeter of a structure to remove excess surface water.
Mechanical fan systems are recommended to assist with ventilation in the subfloor areas of a building. Limited ventilation in the subfloor can allow for moisture to build up which can result in a timber pest attack.
Cracking that is greater than 5mm will usually require repairs to the surface which may require partial removal of the wall/ceiling. These cracks can result in decreased mobility of the windows and doors, fractures to the building services and impact the weather-tightness of the dwelling.
The failure of a waterproofing membrane can result in mould growth to walls and ceilings. The failure of a waterproofing membrane will require the removal of the entire affected wet area and reinstatement of a new membrane. Early signs of a deteriorated waterproofing membrane will include increased moisture levels to the adjacent walls/ceiling and water staining.
Concrete cancer occurs through the corrosion of the steel reinforcement of a wall or slab. As the corrosion spreads, it can affect the structural integrity of the area. Limiting the amount of exposed reinforcement through concrete will reduce the risk of concrete cancer.
Blockages to the kerb outlet restricts the ability for stormwater to drain from the dwelling and are quite common in older buildings. Blockages can occur through cracks in the drainage or through a build-up of leaf litter along the street,
Some meter boxes are outdated and do not have sufficient safety switches installed. The installation of safety switches will protect the dwelling from sudden electrical surges which can overload the supply and damage appliances.
The insulation foil can be found on the underside of the roof tiles to assist with the weather-tightness of the dwelling. Torn insulation foil can result in water staining to the ceilings if there is a water leak to the roof.
The usage of asbestos materials was quite common prior to 1982. Asbestos fibres can result in serious respiratory illnesses when exposed. Due care must be taken when working around asbestos material to minimise the exposure to airborne asbestos fibres.
Timber decay is caused by excessive periods of dampness that results in decomposition of fibres. Timber decay can attract timber pests to the property and can be commonly found to timber fencing, fascia, windows and doors.
Termite damages can be detrimental to your home. It is recommended to conduct regular inspections to detect the early signs of termite activity. Termite activity can be detected by mud shelters around the property, hollow sounding timber, sagging floors or doors, cracking to paint or plasterboard and brittle timber fixtures around the property. Active termites can be detected through the use of a thermal imaging camera.
Timber borer damage can be as bad as termite damage to your property. Borer damage is usually evident with small holes found to the deteriorated timber and are prevalent in untreated timber.
Chemical delignification is often identified when the timber becomes ‘hairy’. This occurs when the organic fibres in the timber deteriorates due to the exposure to water or chemical fumes.