Ceiling Water Damage in This Modern Home

I’m just doing an inspection on a nice new modern home. Unfortunately I’ve just located some previous water damage. As you can see the ceiling there has been patched and painted and the water has also caused damage to the wall sheeting and also on this side of the ceiling as well.

The reason for this is there is actually a portico up at the front entrance outside and steel posts that penetrated the roof sheeting.

I’ll we’ll just take a look up to the roof void here and I’ll show you where the water has penetrated through.

Also if you look from the side here at the ceiling, you can see the sagging in the roof sheeting.

There is a fairly significant sag there.

I’ll pop-up into the roof void and you can see there’s the culprit there. There’s a steel post that penetrates through the colorbond sheet. I’d say either the flashings need sealing or the rubber flanges will need replacing.

This caused a fair bit of damage here and you can see the sagging sheeting here in the ceiling will need to be replaced.

Always get a licensed professional to inspect your home. Defects like this can go unnoticed by less experienced operators and can cost a purchaser thousands in repairs. Contact BPI Building and Pest Inspections today.

Termite Damage to A Steel Framed Home (Video)

As you can see in here we’ve found some live termites and they’ve caused fair bit of damage to the skirting timbers. Now the thing about this find is that it’s a steel framed home. I get told on many occasions that you never find termites in a steel framed home but as you can see if they get in, they will attack any timber they can. The’ll attack your skirtings, your door frames, your window frames and they’ll even have a go at kitchens and bathrooms. Here you can see they’ve even had a go at the plasterboard. So just because you’ve got a steel framed home, doesn’t mean your home is impermeable to termites. The good thing is is that obviously they won’t be able to do any structural damage. So for this house they’ll just need to replace the cosmetic timbers and definitely put a termite barrier around quite urgently. ___ To book your next building and pest inspection with BPI Fraser Coast, call us on (07) 4125 2944 for a qualified BPI professional.

Termite damage found in home during Building and Pest Inspection

Building & Pest Inspection found timber beams affected by termite damage. The timber beams crumbled in the hands of the inspector when touched.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

Termite Damage to Roof Timbers

Termite damage was found in roof at Granville due to roof tile leaking.

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

Poor Drainage Causes Structural Damage

Structural crack to brickwork caused from poor drainage at a Toogoom Townhouse .

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BPI Fraser Coast Building & Pest Inspections have a wide range of services:

  • Building & Timber Pest Inspections
  • Pre-Purchase & Pre-Sale Inspections
  • Pre-Auction Inspections
  • Tax depreciation surveys
  • Defects/Handover Inspection
  • We can arrange Electrical, Plumbing & Pool Inspections

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

Annual Pest Inspections Prevent Damage

The aged occupant of a house at Hervey Bay was not aware of the damage that was being inflicted onto her house over an extended period of time.

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BPI Building and Pest Inspections found extensive damage to various walls, some of which would collapse if lent on too hard, and to a structural ceiling beam that was the consistency of weet-bix for its entire length. Annual pest inspections could have prevented this damage which is likely to result in the demolition of this house.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Rodd at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

KABOOM!

A recent BPI Building & Pest Inspection at Urangan discovered this LP gas bottle installed to supply gas to the cook top. It was installed inside the kitchen cabinets!

Gas bottle in kitchen cabinet

It was obviously a do it yourself installation as gas bottles must not be installed inside the house due to the very real prospect of causing a serious fire or explosion.

All gas installations need to be done by a licensed gas fitter.

Always be sure to use a very experienced building inspector who will recognise the more unusual problems when they appear.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Rodd at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

Termite Damage to Hardwood Trusses

On inspection of this home at Maryborough we found termite damage and mud tubes to hardwood trusses. The damage was extensive. Termites will attack hardwood.

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Rodd at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au.

The Silent Explosion in Your Home

The Inspector’s Perspective

The clay block construction method for houses, and in particular, units, has been very popular over the past couple of decades. It was promoted by masonry manufacturers as a strong, low cost, and low maintenance method of building. The product has proven to be all of these things as time goes by, however, be very cautious of the words “low maintenance”. This does not mean “no maintenance” as some people are very sadly finding out. There is one simple maintenance procedure required with this product, that if ignored, could lead to the silent explosion of your house’s structure.

Clay block construction is a very strong method of building houses. In this construction method the block wall is hollow initially, with steel reinforcing bars running through it at regular spacing. The hollow cores of the blocks that contain the steel reinforcement are then filled with concrete. This creates a structural wall that does not require a timber frame. This is very different to the more familiar brick veneer construction, as bricks do not contain the heavy steel reinforcement, but rely on a timber frame for the wall’s structural integrity. Brick veneer walls are not subject to the problem discussed here.

The big issue that many owners of these buildings do not know about, is the need to keep the block walls well sealed from moisture penetration, by either painting or regular application of a clear masonry sealer. This was specified by the block manufacturer, but many owners are not aware of the requirement, or the serious repercussions of not adhering to it.

With the absence of a suitable sealant, moisture from rain is absorbed through the blocks, mortar and core fill concrete and eventually reaches the steel reinforcement within the wall. As you would expect, this causes the steel to rust, and when steel rusts, the rust material grows to many times the size of the original steel. This growth is powerful enough to crack the concrete core and the clay block wall, which can accelerate the process even further by allowing the steel even more exposure to the elements. If left unchecked, this process can lead to severe structural loss to the building requiring extensive repairs or reconstruction of whole walls.

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Exploding clay block wall caused by rust to internal reinforcement.

You can test the porosity of your clay block wall yourself by splashing a glass of water onto the wall.

If the water does not run off in little beads like on a polished car but sucks in to the wall, then it needs treating with a masonry sealer. This product is available from hardware suppliers – follow the directions on the label and retreat at the recommended intervals.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Rodd at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au

Roofing Defect Found at a Building and Pest Inspection in Burrum Heads

Detected early this could have been avoided, costly repairs to ceiling damage can be avoided with regular Building Inspections.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Rodd at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 4125 2944 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionsherveybay.com.au or email us on herveybay@bpic.com.au.

Roofing defect found at a Building and Pest Inspection in Nambour

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