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  • Over the years, Building Masters have helped home-owners save money and heartache by providing comprehensive pre-purchase building inspections. Building Masters reports don’t just include detailed, specific and easy to understand information on the condition of the property. They also include guidance on all issues involving repairs, renovation and re-building. Pest inspections are also included in the building inspection report. Unlike other building inspectors who might be building designers with little practical knowledge of building problems, costs and solutions, Building Masters comprise of highly experience builders who are conscientious professionals, with decades of industry knowledge behind them. Building Masters building inspectors will equip you with a building inspection report and genuine advice with real knowledge, which will help home-owners make an informed real estate purchase and also use it as a powerful negotiating tool, even after making an offer. So don’t compromise your family’s safety by blindly buying a property the seller tells you is safe. Conduct your own independent pre purchase defect inspections of your desired property and be sure the Melbourne property you have your eye on is safe and secure.

    While some defects are worse than others- some can be outright dangerous- it all adds up. You might be surprised to find out how much it would cost to fix 50 smaller defects.,Brickwork mortar joint cement pointing deteriorates due to absorption of moisture from damp ground conditions over time. Following completion of repair work, installation of a replacement damp proof course and re-pointing of affected brick mortar joints is recommended.,Concrete spalling (concrete cancer) happens because there is moisture in the concrete, forcing the surface to fall out or flake off.,Efflorescence describes the deposit of white mineral salts that appear on a surface (concrete, brick or mortar) which have leached out from within the surface when moisture travels through it.,Any efflorescence on the surface must be removed prior to painting, typically by an acid wash.,Paint which would normally stick to a surface can also be pushed off when the pressure caused by salt crystals building up beneath the paint.,This type of loose un-pointed roof valley tray/tile installation method is compliant with NCC, but is considered a potential leak point by our inspectors. Additionally, this valley style fails to retain cut roof tile pieces; we recommend flexible cement pointing to tile edges to retain cut pieces and improve weatherproofing in the event of heavy wind and rain conditions.,Rain water surface run-off is capable of illegally entering the sewer due to adjacent raised ground/paving levels.,Damaged and/or incorrectly installed window sill flashing enables the ingress of rainwater to the wall cavity; this defect can result in timber rot and damage to the internal wall frame.,Damaged cavity flashing common occurs during construction and is conducive to termite activity.,This type of exterior wall lining is a polystyrene or polyethylene aluminium sandwich panel ˜or foam panelling coated in acrylic render this material is flammable and under review as to its suitability as an NCC approved building product;,Two examples of compromised house wall cavity weep holes,Weepholes are the gaps left between bricks in external walls and serve two important functions:,Raised garden beds, pathways or houses with paving on all sides can partially and/or fully block off sub-floor air ventilation and can result in the lowest area of ground on the property being the sub-floor space. This type of defect allows rain water run-off and ground seepage to enter this space resulting in the growth of mould, the creation of a termite conducive environment, deterioration to the timber structure, subsidence of the stumps and footings and consequential distortion damage to the house’s interior finishes.,In extreme cases, excavation may be required and a re-installation of properly drained surface paving and/or subterranean perforated agricultural drains.,Quick Fact:,Mould growth often occurs in the sub-floor crawl spaces and walls; spores are carried in the air and may cause health problems.,Floor stumps should be fitted with metal termite caps to increase physical termite protection of the property. In a case like this, we recommend chemical termite treatment.,A detailed pest inspection is important to ensure the security, stability and hygiene of a structure.,Termite infestations will obviously cause structural damage as they devour the wooden structure of a building, whereas rat infestations, cockroaches and other vermin can spread disease and damage electrical and structural elements within walls and under houses.”,One sign of a termite infestation is a clicking sound coming from within your walls or floors. Soldier termites bang their heads against timber and shake their bodies when their colony disturbed to signal danger.,Worker termites, on the other hand, are noisy eaters. You can actually hear them if you put your ear against any timber infested by termites.,Termites are pale in colour: they are usually white but can sometimes look quite translucent. If you stumble upon a large number of whitish ants, it’s time for an inspection.,A termites’ antennae are completely straight, whereas most other ants have curved or elbowed antennae.,Another sign of termites is their discarded wings as flying termites lose their wings shortly after finding a mate. After pairing up, termites crawl into a suitable nesting site where they seal themselves in and start a new colony.,Termites typically consume timber from the inside out which leaves a thin skin of wood or even just a layer of paint. When knocking or tapping on timber that has termite damage, you will hear a hollow sound because part or all of the wood has been consumed.,Evidence of past and/or present termite activity observed in a sub-floor area,House timber members are in direct contact with the ground. This defect is conducive to termite activity and we would recommend an excavation of ground away from the structure sufficient to avoid both timber contact and rainwater surface run-off ingress to sub-floor area.,Although not a sign of a current termite infestation, care should be taken if you see a sign like this on your property. In this case, Aldrin/Aldrex poison has been applied as termite treatment. This is now a banned chemical, do not make contact with this material.,Causing more damage to Australian homes than fire, floods and storms combined, termites are rightly feared by homeowners.,This is frass (waste from wood-eating insects) is from borer activity; affected timber requires removal and destruction by fire – seek the services of a carpenter.,The most common way for asbestos to enter the body is through breathing in its microscopic fibres. Typically, asbestos-containing materials are not considered to be harmful unless they are disturbed, releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or even ingested.,Once inhaled, asbestos fibers become trapped in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose where they can then be removed. However, some fibres may pass deeper into the lungs or into the digestive tract. Once this occurs, the fibers cannot be removed and can cause health problems decades later.,Asbestos is most hazardous when it is friable. This is when the asbestos material is easily crumbled by hand and releasing fibers into the air. For example, sprayed on asbestos insulation is highly friable, whereas asbestos floor tiling is still a risk but less friable.”,Damage and deterioration will increase the friability of asbestos-containing materials over time. Water damage, continual vibration, and physical interaction such as drilling, buffing, cutting, sawing, or striking and grinding, can break the materials down making fiber release far more likely.,Things to remember:,Hardyplank, or similar product which is a faux weatherboard exterior wall lining material which contains asbestos.,Roof soffit (eave) lining sheet material is often assumed to contain a form of asbestos; sample lab testing is strongly recommended. Airborne asbestos particles are capable of entering the house through light fittings, exhaust, fans, air vents, cracks and gaps, etc. It is strongly recommended that all asbestos products, materials and contaminated materials are removed from the premises and a vacuum clean-up of affected areas is undertaken by a licensed asbestos contractor.,Older (pre-1992) vinyl floor material and/or tiles and underlay often contain asbestos. It’s always safer to conduct sample lab testing.,We hope this guide has helped you to make informed decisions, identify potential issues around the house or save money on your next home.,To find out more about defects, home and building inspections or how Building Masters Inspections can help you save money, make your home safer and improve the market value of a building, contact us today on 1300 780 931 or via the contact form to the right.,CONTACT US TODAY,DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR MULTIPLE INSPECTIONS,Melbourne Victoria,Phone: 1300 780 931,Web: buildingmastersinspections.com.au

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