One of the most common causes of building faults in residential buildings is incorrect or inadequate waterproofing and surface drainage.
It is always a bonus if it is raining during a property inspection. In this situation you are able to observe exactly where the water is flowing. Is the water running away from the building? Is the guttering and down pipes leaking? Is water ponding on the roof structure or near the building?
These are just some of the important questions that
can be answered if you are lucky enough to inspect a property during a downpour. Over time water can cause serious damage to a building, the following are just some examples.
- Rotting of timber structures and finishes such as floor joints, stumps, beams, studs, skirting, architraves and frames.
- Corrosion of metals such as steel reinforcement in concrete, steel beams, lintels, metal door frames etc.
- Swelling of plasterboards and the subsequent debonding of ceramic tiles.
- Electrical hazards causing the possible short circuit of lighting and power points.
- The blistering of paint.
- Unsightly deterioration of the building facade.
- Health problems due to dampness, which may lead to respiratory problems.