Structurally Unsound and Unsafe

This week is the first time I recommended a house be demolished! It was found to be structurally unsound and unsafe. It was very old but the purchaser wanted to see if there was any way it could be saved. We found most of the flooring had been eaten by termites, most of the wall structure, some of the roof frame and we could hear the termites working in the walls while standing in the bedroom.

 

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The key to keeping a building in good order for longer is regular maintenance and regular Pest Inspections along with treatments if required.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Storm Season is approaching! Is your roof secure and water tight?

The storm season is fast approaching! Many home owners are unaware of the condition of the roof exterior, framing timbers and holding down / bracing. Water penetrations & high winds can be very devastating and costly!

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A BPI Building Inspector can assess the condition of your roof, recommend the rectification required and also include photos within the report so you know exactly what we are talking about.

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Subsidence/ movement to verandah

BPI Caboolture finds signs of movement to rear verandah.  Unsafe handrail – large gaps.

  • subsidence/movement to deck
  • large gaps to handrails
  • weather damage to frame timbers

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Termite damage to home in Narangba

The termite damage to this home was extensive

· Damage to architraves

· Termite damage to coverstrips

· Live Termites to subfloor

· There was no visible evidence of a previous treatment to this home.

· The recommendation for this home was the underfloor space be treated with termicide followed by yearly inspections.

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

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find Termites in Treated Pine fence

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Treated pine fence full of termites

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If you cut a treated pine paling you leave an unprotected entry point for termites, the cut must be treated.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Ceiling insulation causes a fire hazard – Bellara

Insulation in this roof void is in contact with the back of the recessed light fixtures causing a potential fire hazard. Insulation must be kept clear of the backs of recessed lights by at least 200mm or a cowl (available from all electrical supply stores) should be placed around such lights to prevent insulation from contacting lights.

 

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If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Safety Issue – BPI duty of care

Electrical safety issue and should be referred to an electrician for repairs.

· Conduit is damaged

· Exposed electrical wires to hot water system

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BPI Building & Pest Inspections Caboolture specialise in Pre- Purchase & Pre-sale Building & Pest Inspections, Pre -Auctions, Building Structural Inspections, Pool Safety Inspections.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Concrete Cancer

 

20131002_123448I conducted an inspection on 2nd October and found a prime example of
concrete cancer to an entrance verandah slab- see photo.
Concrete cancer is usually caused by placing the steel reinforcement too close
to the external slab edges- usually less that 50mm. Water penetration causes
the concrete reinforcement to rust and expand which in turn creates stresses
on the surrounding concrete which can then spall (break away). The initial
cause of concrete cancer is usually water penetration. When calcium oxide
reacts with water that penetrates the concrete it forms a solution of calcium
hydroxide.
Concrete cancer can be treated in some structures. In order to repair the
damaged areas, the spalled concrete must be removed and any exposed steel
must either be replaced or cleaned and treated with rust inhibitor. The area is
then repaired to the original concrete profile by coating the exposed area with
Bondcrete and using cement mortar, epoxy mortar or concrete, depending on
the size of the damage and the structural requirements.
Cracks are repaired using suitable epoxy resins, special mortars and injection
techniques. This process is referred to as ‘crack injection’ and may constitute a
negative membrane. Negative membranes will not prevent water from
entering the concrete, merely shift the water’s direction through the slab.
Treatment of concrete cancer must incorporate proper waterproofing or risk
being a temporary solution.
Concrete cancer is increasingly common in structures which have not been
sufficiently waterproofed. As builders cut costs on waterproofing membranes,
the problems are increasing. The incidence of concrete cancer is particularly
high in countries such as Australia where liquid applied membranes are still
commonly used. Liquid membranes are often used inappropriately, and lead to
water penetrating into the concrete. If early symptoms including the presence
of calcium stalactites beneath the slab and visible rust from the slab are
apparent, a stop leak specialist should be called immediately to assess the
potential for damage.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Building and Pest Inspection Aroona

 

sunshinecoastorth-building2These stairs are a safety hazard. Stairs not built to Australian standards.

Attempting to enter these steps from the side could cause serious injury especially to young children.

· Step treads are too narrow, leaving gaps between treads.

· There is no handrail at the top of the stairs

· There is no landing at the top of the stairs

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au

Termites found in property at Beerburrum

This week we found live termites in a tree stump and garden bed timbers.  This was during a Building & Pest inspection on a acreage block at Beerburrum

Things to remember include

  • Untreated timber & timber in contact with soil should be inspected regularly for pest activity
  • Although the site had been inspected 4 months previously, termites were not detected on that occasion
  • Vigilance is paramount.

BPI Building & Pest Inspections specialise in Pre- Purchase & Pre-sale Building & Pest Inspections, Pre -Auctions,  Building Structural Inspections, Pool Safety Inspections.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Brian at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on 07 5499 2477 visit http://www.bpicaboolture.com or email us on caboolture@bpic.com.au