Doric Property Inspections (Sean O’Connell) have years of experience offering building and pest inspections in the greater Sydney area. Following are typical defects found in older homes or buildings which have been poorly constructed and poorly maintained. It is advisable to keep maintenance up to date to reduce costs over longer periods which can be significant and often lead to the occupiers having to vacate the house in some instances.
Defective water proofing
Typical corroded arch bar to a 1940s style house, resulting in open brick joints, requiring the removal of the brickwork to allow the arch bar to be replaced. The arch bar’s purpose is to support the brickwork over the window opening and will be replaced with a galvanised bar which will be permanent. If these types of defects are left for long periods they will continue to cause cracking to the masonry above the top of the window or door opening and possibly result in dislodged brickwork and damaged roofing or further damage to the upper level should this be identified on a multi storey house or ground floor unit.
Significant footing failure to the base of an external wall of a 100 year old house requiring improved drainage and underpinning. This defect is often caused by leaking pipework, run off to the external walls of the building undermining the footings, excavation nearby which has also disturbed the footings or possible tree root damage which would require the tree roots removing prior to carrying out remedial works.
Significant structural damage to the exterior of a unit block. Cracking similar to this is often cause by insufficient allowance for expansion of the brickwork (expansion joints are required in long runs of brickwork approximately every 7 metres (20 feet) depending on the type pf brick used). The brickwork will expand and contract throughout the seasons and must have an allowance to adequately move otherwise the walls will crack which may be difficult and will certainly be costly to have rectified.
For more information on our residential and commercial property inspections in Sydney and Building and property Pest inspection/ control to several areas services in Sydney , call Sean O’Connell (Accredited building consultant in Sydney) on 0418 268 552, 02 9579 1244 or email at email@example.com or simply complete the online enquiry form.