January 28

Commercial building cleaning Elk Grove Village, IL

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Commercial office cleaning services and medical building cleaning services in Schaumburg and surrounding areas. Ask us about DEEP CLEANING your space today! Janitorial services, Sanitizing services, Detail cleaning services and more. Business name : REAL OFFICE CLEANING | Commercial Cleaning Services Address : 1028 Emerald Dr Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone no :773-759-0494

August 24

AWA Tower, Sydney | Remedial Building Services

Located on York Street in Sydney’s CBD, the AWA to [...]

August 14

Torch-On Waterproof Membranes - Uses and Benefits | Remedial Building Services

When it comes to building waterproofing, torch-on [...]

April 14

Fire Upgrades for Building Code Compliance | Remedial

As a building owner / manager it is essential that [...]

If you are surprised you have received a Fire order in the first place, it could be due to the fact that a lot of them are issued at the time a property puts in development applications and/or missing annual submissions of fire safety statements. However, the local council, can issue an order any time if:

  • Your fire protection systems don’t meet the current National Construction Code (NCC);
  • The area of concern has a high risk of fire incident.

Additionally, upgrade orders can be issued from fire brigades for the repair or maintenance of your existing active and passive fire protection measures.
You or the body corporate may decide to make voluntary fire upgrades on the building, but take note that the council will still issue an order when deemed necessary. It is worth noting if you are seeking to be proactive and upgrade your building to comply, you  will still need to seek council approval in connection with the proposed project.

March 27

What Remedial Building Services offer | What we Do | Remedial Building Services

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Have you ever paid attention to your Annual Fire Safety Statement – otherwise known as your AFSS and do you know what it is?

Your AFSS is a legal document all commercial and residential buildings are required to have on display in a public place such as the entry lobby. This document lists all the essential fire services within the building and the standards they were installed to.

By law, owners of a building are required to ensure all occupants within the building are safe, thus, keeping your AFSS up to date is essential. However, The BCA is constantly upgraded, meaning over a period of time, most, if not all buildings will be served with a council fire upgrade notice, which will identify the current standards which your building fails to comply with.

At Remedial, we have a team of qualified experts whowill work with you to ensure your building is compliant. Furthermore, we can work with you to ensure that any council served upgrade orders are resolved to the highest possible standard.

Our range of upgrade services includes fire penetrations, fire doors, thin film intumescents as well as safety audits.

March 27

What Remdial Building Services offer | What we Do | Remedial Building Services

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We are always open and transparent with all our clients about each element of the work we undertake on their building. To help you understand some of the commonly used terms in building rectification works, we have compiled this glossary.

Brick TiesBrick ties are galvanised strips of metal which are placed between bricks and connected to the frame of the building to reinforce the structure and prevent distortion of the walls.
Carbon Fibre StrippingCarbon Fibre Stripping is the technique of applying carbon fibre strips to concrete slabs in order to increase structural strength. This allows the slab to bear more weight and in some situations can also be used as an alternative to replacing the slab.
CladdingA form of building material affixed to the facade of a building usually for architectural purposes. Non-compliant flammable cladding has been responsible for numerous building fires and deaths across the world.
Concrete CancerConcrete Cancer is one of the most prevalent structural issues, which occurs when the steel reinforcement inside a concrete slab is exposed to water and begins to rust. As the steel rusts, it begins to expand, causing cracks and breakages in the concrete. These cracks let in even more water, causing the problem to worsen and spread.
DynaboltsDynabolts are used to anchor concrete, masonry, brick and natural stone. As the bolt is screwed into the wall, it pushes an encasing sleeve outwards creating a triangular effect. This allows it to ‘grab’ better and provide stronger anchorage.
Latent DefectLatent defects are those which are not observable on the façade of the structure and can only be discovered by deeper investigation. A common example of a latent defect is rusted steel reinforcements which have not yet begun to affect the exterior of the building.
LintelsLintels are horizontal beams used above a window or door to support the weight of a wall.
PondingPonding is an unofficial but commonly used term which describes the collection of water in areas other than dedicated water outlets, resulting in unwanted puddles. These puddles become problematic as they can cause flooding, leaking or water ingress.
Roll-on MembraneRoll-on membranes are a class of surface coating used exclusively on flat surfaces. Roll-on membranes are used primarilyfor waterproofing, but specialised products also provide chemical and non-slipresistance.
SpallingSpalling is the observable defect caused by concrete cancer (see definition above). Spalling occurs when the expansion of reinforcing steel within the structure causes large chunks or flakes of building material to come away.
Structural Repair

Structural repair is the general term used to describe work that seeks to repair the structure of a building. It involves correcting structural issues to bring the building into compliance with the relevant requirements.

Torch-on MembraneTorch-on membranes are a form of bitumen-based waterproof coating used on flat roofing structures. Intense heat is applied to the membranes, causing the bitumen to melt and adhere tightly to the surface, which creates a waterproof seal.
WaterproofingWaterproofing is a general term used to describe the protection of a structure’s flat surfaces to prevent water ingress. The two types of waterproofing are: liquid or roll-on membranes and torch-on membranes.
Water IngressWater ingress is the term used to describe the permeation of water into the structure of a building. Water ingress can range in severity from a small leak to a wide scale permeation which causes significant damage to the building’s structure or to internal elements. It can cause both aesthetic, immediately observable defects such as water stains as well as serious latent defects such a concrete cancer.
Water ingress is often more severe in coastal areas where rain and high wind combine to allow water to reach cavities it may otherwise not have reached.
March 27

What Remedial Building Services offer | Archbar and Lintel Repair | Remedial Building Services uilding Services

Where you notice cracks in the brickwork surroundi [...]

At any one time there can be zero issues within your building or conversely one, two or multiple issues which affect your structure. 
At Remedial Building Services,  we specialise in the repair and replacement of key structural elements which will help to make your building structurally sound again. 
If you notice brick cracking or brick growth or see signs your cavity flashing is failing  then it may be time to address latent issues. 


Arch bars and lintels are used to support structures such as windows, doors and other openings. As they are usually constructed from steel, it is not uncommon to see old arch bars and lintels rusting and expanding.

Where an arch bar or lintel has not been galvanised, or where the flashing which should be protecting it has failed, moisture may penetrate the steel, rust and cause structural damage . The corrosion of the steel will cause it to expand which may result in cracks to the surrounding brickwork, allowing water to penetrate the structure. This is not only unsightly, but potentially unsafe as well. 


When brick or stone walls begin to show signs of deterioration such as erosion, cracking or fretting, there are a number of causes that may be to blame. Water ingress,  lintel damage, direct impact and salt degradation are four of the most common causes which present themselves in a building.

In most of these cases, individual bricks will be visibly affected. However, the mortar joints between bricks or stonework may also show signs of disrepair or worse, start shifting away from the inner lining.
Where it is apparent remediation work is required, we will remove affected bricks, treat the remaining ones as required to address the impacts of salt degradation and ultimately, replace the bricks and the brick ties as required before repointing the brickwork to return the wall to its original condition.

If you are aware that you have issues with these structural facets, and are in Sydney, Contact Remedial Building Services who can implement a solution for you.

March 27

What Remedial Building Services offer | Window Replacement | Remedial Building Services

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There are both aesthetic and functional reasons why you might be considering replacing the windows of your building.

  • To improve the aesthetics of the building, for example replacing old wooden windows with modern aluminium frames
  • To rectify window frames that have become distorted due to exposure to the elements or age
  • To cater for changes in the environment such as an increase in noise in the area
  • To improve wind and/or water ratings and prevent water and wind penetration (particularly for waterfront properties)

For over 40 years, we have undertaken window replacement work across commercial and residential properties. Working to the defined requirements, we work with leading manufacturers to ensure a superior solution every time.

March 13

Sustainable Building Construction: Looking at the Future | Remedial Building Services | Remedial Building Services

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The construction sector is known to be one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions accounting for 18.1% of Australia’s total carbon footprint in 2013 alone. But with pressure coming in from a growing global movement and organisations starting to realise the negative effects of climate change, those in the construction industry are starting to adopt sustainable practices as part of their business approach. 

Australia’s Zero Net Emissions Promise by 2050

Being one of the most developed countries in the world, Australia’s population continues to grow, with a forecast that there will be 10 million residential homes around the country in the year 2020. In 2030, it is estimated that the number of people in the country will reach 31 million in 2030, which means that more houses and buildings will be built in the near future. 

Juxtaposed to growth, comes a compromise in the quality of environmental health. As construction projects — planning, material making, building, operation, and maintenance — account for almost 25 per cent of the overall greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, it is crucial for the constituents of the industry to strive for a reduction in their carbon footprint – if we are to do our part as a country and strive towards great environmental conservation. 

Thankfully for Australia, the government signed the Paris Agreement which essentially aims to “... limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and strive for 1.5 degrees.” According to the United Nations, the Paris Agreement aims to bring “... all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.” Through this Agreement, Australia promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero net by 2050, on a per-person and emissions intensity basis, a move committed to by Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor on February 10, 2020 ahead of the COP26 meeting at the end of the year. 

The Road to Sustainability: A Legal Compliance, a Social Responsibility Move, or Mere Pressure? 

Admittedly, compared to traditional processes and methods of construction, sustainable buildings are more costly to make. This has meant that the take-up of new technologies has been slower than ideal. However, we expect that now, while some truly care about shifting to eco-friendly practices, some feel obliged due to the rise in pressure from society. But price is not always going to be a factor.

First there’s the growing demand for sustainable building materials. Clients now are more particular about energy-saving and sturdier materials. There’s also expectations within the community for a company to employ sustainable practices in order to preserve local ecology. In fact, the trend (among policy makers and the public) is towards a low-carbon economy around the world. Last but not the least, there’s also the legislative and regulatory requirements that oblige companies to make conscious efforts about the way they do business.
While the National Construction Code of Australia laid out basic requirements for structural energy efficiency, companies can take it a step further through rating systems like Green Star and the National Australian Built Environment Rating System ( NABERS). 

Green Star focusses on assessing how environmentally friendly the design aspect of the buildings are. Awards of up to six stars may be given if a building meets relevant criteria. NABERS, on the other hand, looks at the green performance of structures. It measures a structure’s “... energy efficiency, carbon emissions, as well as the water consumed, the waste produced and compare it to similar buildings.” It also uses a six-star award system, just like the Green Star rating. 

What is the built industry doing to contribute to the Zero Net goal? 

Transitioning from standard building practices to more sustainable solutions is an expensive endeavour, which to date has  discouraged companies from fully embracing the Net Zero movement. It means revisiting budget allocation and execution so as not to affect investor profitability nor compromise capital availability and interrupt operations. But this will, and is changing.

The road to lessening Australia’s built environment’s carbon footprint is a long one but with the promising, long-term benefits that await construction companies,  more and more organisations are making a stand and doing their part to helping achieve what the Australian government promised in the Paris Agreement. 
According to ClimateWorks Australia – one of the main advocates of low-carbon solutions – here are the top three benefits of a greener and more sustainable building: 

  • $27 billion reduction in energy;

  • $12.6 billion cutback in energy network costs; and

  • savings of 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions.

It is interesting to see the technologies that have emerged lately and currently being used and applied by builders, engineers, architects, and other professionals and groups in the industry. For instance, the installation of green, natural roofing is growing in demand. The product actually can improve air quality and also keep a structure cool, thus lessening cooling costs.
For energy efficiency, there’s the use of solar panels and the replacement of traditional lighting systems to LEDs. For fire protection as well as insulation, there’s natural cork intumescent coating like the range provided by Permax and the  F-Series, that not only provides a good fire protection for steel but also a good heating and cooling solution for your entire structure.
Other notable advancements include self-healing concrete that has zero downtime and the 3D structural printing technologies that lessens manpower, material use, and time consumed in the completion of the project. 

Sustainable Opportunities for Commercial and Industrial Construction Projects 

According to ClimateWorks Australia, the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings are projected to be 35% higher in 2020 than in 2000. Nevertheless, the construction industry has the “... potential to contribute 11 per cent of the total 2020 lowest-cost emissions reduction opportunity for Australia.” Businesses in the construction sector can take advantage of the incentives given to companies that invest in emissions reduction. A carbon tax in place can also motivate organisations to revisit opportunities for reducing carbon emissions that will translate to profitable opportunities for them. 
While there are plenty of construction advancements and new sustainable building materials readily made available today, in Australia, opportunities in emissions reduction can also be found in the heating and lighting systems, appliance use, electricity, and energy consumption, and many others.
The move has begun, but – and with some sense of irony – this is just the tip of the iceberg, so much more can be done. With our externally accredited ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in place for over 10 years, we have been active proponents for change and will continue to ride at the front of the wave looking for new ways to improve what we do.

March 13

Boosting the Value of Apartment and Office Buildings with Facade Upgrades | Remedial Building Services

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We may be taught to never judge a book by its cover, but in real life, most people will form opinions about a person in just seconds. A building is no different, and first impressions count. When people are looking for an apartment to live in or an office space to buy or rent, they will look for buildings with attractive, safe-looking modern facades first. For obvious reasons really - who would want to live or work in a building with cracks on the external walls or worry about the risk of falling cement. Similarly, buildings with leaking windows or  where the façade is reminiscent of the 60s are not things people generally see as positive.

The importance of Façade Upgrades

For building owners the requirement is clear -  a Façade Upgrade can help boost the value of your building, which it turn enables you to command a higher level of rent or sales price. Of course, a facade upgrade does require an upfront cash outlay, but ultimately, when you consider that you may get a higher sale price, can offset the cost as an expenditure or even address a significant problem before it gets to be more expensive, in the end, they can be relatively affordable.. Additionally, a well time Façade upgrade gives you the chance to reinforce the structural integrity of the building or fix whatever structural damage may be present.

The risks of a poorly maintained façade

It doesn’t matter what the paper says. Even if you have a genuine certification from an experienced engineer that says your building is structurally sound, people can be superficial. They can be paranoid that a huge crack on the facade or put off by a handrail that is rusting, thinking that this is just a sign that the building has not been looked after properly. In short, people wouldn't be risking their lives and investments for things they "think" are not worth their money.

What is typical in a Façade Upgrade

There are a lot of different components that go in to a façade upgrade, but typically they can include:

  • Structural upgrades
  • Concrete repair
  • Brick tie installation
  • Membrane replacements
  • Architectural coatings
  • Balustrade and Balcony upgrades
  • Window replacement
  • Façade painting
  • Engineered and architectural designed alterations

Structural Repairs as Part of Upgrades

Yes you can apply a ‘coat of paint’ and for the short-term it looks good, but to ensure long-term health and safety and to lower ongoing costs and extend the value of your investments, you need to deal with the main cause of the problem. The cracks on the walls may be caused by concrete cancer causing the concrete and bricks around them to become displaced.

At Remedial, we can work with you to assess the needs of your building and provide a range of practical, feasible solutions to ensure that you obtain great value on your facade renovation. Learn more about the process when you contact us for a no-obligation appointment today.

March 13

A Guide to Appointing the right Structural Repair Specialist | Remedial Building Services

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Whether you own or manage a residential or commercial property, routine buildings inspections should be something you factor into your maintenance plans. Whether it is to ensure compliance with building or fire codes, or as part of a good maintenance schedule, property inspections help to keep you abreast of the health of your building. Done properly, they ensure your property is compliant; detect potential structural problems before they become larger (and significantly costlier); as well protecting the value of your asset into the long-term.
Structural problems and thus structural repairs are different to renovations or non-structural repairs. The need for structural repairs can vary, but the range of services usually required included a range of issues from concrete cancer, to balustrade replacement upgrades, through to carbon fibre strengthening, brick growth and waterproofing.
In the situation that you do need to hire a structural repair specialist, it is important that you find the right one, but knowing what to look for – for something you have little experience with – in a contractor can be somewhat overwhelming. To help make life that little bit easier, we have put together a cheat-sheet on hiring a structural repair specialist.

  • Research

The first thing you should do is some research. Understand to the best of your abilities what the issues affecting your property are, and if you can, identify not only what the larger more obvious issue is, but also smaller, seemingly unrelated ones as well.

  • Approach a third-party consultant

It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but for larger jobs, hiring a professional consultant such as a structural engineer, can save you time and money. These engineers have the experience to identify your issues and can be appointed to oversee the appointment of the right building repair contractor. Further, they have the expertise to ensure the applied solutions are adequate and cost effective for your particular circumstances.

  • Get a Written Report

Your chosen specialist should be able to inspect, analyse the damage and provide a written report which outlines the issues and the remediation techniques. This report should itemise all the defects, their approach to rectification, building materials and other pertinent facts.

  • Ask for Qualifications

Whether you use a consulting engineer or going direct, it is advisable that you ask for the necessary certifications that show they are qualified for the job. Case studies, testimonials, accreditations will prove that the expert has the authority to perform the necessary repair work.
Tenure within the industry in the area of structural repair (as opposed to say general building) is another strong indicator of expertise. A company like Remedial Building Services who have more than 40 years of experience as an industry leader, demonstrates that the team behind the company has working knowledge and experience on every scenario about building structure damages, whereas a company with 40 years’ experience in the construction of new homes, are not going to be able to help

  • Ask for a Proposal

After consultation, the structural repair expert should work on the numbers and provide you with an estimate of the building repair, a timeline for completion and their relevant insurances.

  • Hire the Structural Repair Specialist

Once you are confident with the supplier, ask them to draft a contract and get ready to begin.
Ultimately finding the right structural repair expert to look after your building is important in ensuring the safety of everyone in and around the building as well as protecting your significant investment. If you want to make sure you're getting reliable, long-term solutions for your building structures in Australia, ask us how we can help you.
We have over 40 years of experience in providing specialised building repairs for a variety of clients in Australia. With our considerable experience, we have also established a strong connection with structural and façade engineers who we can tap into for highly specialised situations when necessary. 

January 08

Understanding Building Issue: Water Leaks | Remedial Building Services

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A water leak is a nuisance, but sadly too many people think that is all it is. As often as not, when we are called in to assess the issue, we hear owners explain that they thought that as long as the leak is not causing damage to property within the building there is no great need to rush to fix it. Sadly, this is an expensive misperception. In fact, this is what water leaks could be doing to your property:

  • Leaking into the cavity causing mould
  • Leaking into the cavity and causing exposed metal elements to rust thus causing concrete cancer or brick growth. This in turn causes structural damage which accelerates the issue.
  • Masking the true area being damaged. Just because you see water droplets in one spot, it does not mean that the water is coming in straight above. Often the water has tracked along a beam before falling, meaning other spots could be even more damaged
  • Damaging paintwork, electricals, carpet and more


Water leaks may appear to be small but as water can track down from almost anywhere else, identifying the issue can be somewhat harder. That said, there are a number of potential causes which could be the cause of the issue:

  • On flat roofs the membrane designed to act as a waterproof barrier has been damaged (installation of new equipment is often a cause), or due to age started to be less effective
  • The flashings on the roof are not turned up high enough. In the event of sudden rain or due to a blocked drain, the water rises above the flashings and down the wall.
  • Flashings around your window have been inadequately installed meaning when it rains the wind pushes it up and under the flashings and into the cavity. To add to the confusion, this could mean the water enters the building one or many floors below.
  • Your plumbing is damaged causing either a mains pipe or a waste water pipe to dispel water where it shouldn’t.
  • You have concrete cancer on a flat surface such as a balcony which is allowing water to ingress through the slab and into the cavity. This is then running down the internal walls of the building
January 08

Waterproofing issues: What to look for and what to do | Rectification Services | Remedial Building Services | Remedial Building Services

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Since 1969, our team of experts have been providing inspection and rectification services across building remediation, inclusive of waterproofing and water damage services. What many people fail to realise is that structural issues often arise as a result of water ingress and waterproofing failure. 

Whilst waterproofing issues are almost to be expected in older buildings, we are undertaking an increasing amount of work in newer buildings where, during the initial building process the builders and/or their contractors have overlooked specific structural requirements (or taken shortcuts) that have caused ongoing issues. Across the greater Sydney area we are seeing issues with
  • Drainage and water run off leading to ponding and permanent immersion which can lead to water ingress through points of failure 
  • Poor flashing protocols leading to water ingress
  • Poorly treated re-bars leading to rusting and cracking
  • Plantabox failure 
  • Structural failure

How to identify waterproofing issues

To the untrained eye, a seemingly small issue could be masking a larger issue. That said, whilst the following list can be an indication of a larger issue, it is not always the case. What we can recommend is taking the time to investigate, or getting someone to come look for you.
Warning signs to look out for include:
  • Blistering or peeling paint
  • Bubbles in the paint that hold water 
  • Mould, mildew and vegetative growth
  • Rust Stains on the concrete facade
  • Efflorescence (the white drip stains that can be seen on the edge of balconies and stairs)
  • Cracked walls
  • Internal and rising damp

Areas to Monitor for Waterproofing Issues

Waterproofing failure can happen almost anywhere on a building - especially if construction processes were skipped or rushed. However, key areas to consistently have your building manager or strata committee check include the following. 

Roof’s/Top floor

If you are in an apartment or commercial building, flat roof surfaces bare the brunt of the bad weather. When you next have significant rainfall, access the roof to look for areas where the water is ponding, see if there are blocked drains and or identify areas where you can see water getting into spots it should not.
It is also worthwhile looking at internal areas underneath to see if there is a seepage issue through ceiling spaces.

Drains, Plumbing and Irrigation

Faulty plumbing such as leaky drains, water pipes or irrigation can be difficult to spot, that’s why regular checks need to be made. Look for blockages, drips or leaks, no matter how small and rectify the issue promptly.

Window and Door Seals

Windows and doors have seals which are designed to keep water out, and as such, need to be regularly checked to ensure they remain impervious to the elements, day in day out.
We recommend checking to make sure the seals aren’t cracked. If you find they are damaged in some way prompt attention is important to ensure there are no secondary issues which become apparent.

Take Charge

At the end of the day, your building needs regular attention. Regular checks of the building to ensure integrity is a good way to ensure you catch any waterproofing issues early. Doing so can end up saving you thousands of dollars - both in terms of damage and repair costs.
If you have any concerns or want some advice on what to do. get in touch with us today. 
January 08

What are your Building Issues? Remedial Building can help! | Remedial Building Services

We know that not everyone understands the building [...]
While you can recognise that there is an issue with your property, unless you are a structural engineer or a builder, you might find it hard to articulate exactly what it is.

To help we have simplified some of the more common building problems and provided examples of what you should look for.
January 08

What Remedial Building Services offer | Planter Box Repair | Remedial Building Services

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Too often it seems that out of sight, is out of mind when it comes to adequate planter-box waterproofing. Time and again we have seen poorly implemented or absent membranes, resulting in boxes which look fine at first glance but which eventually begin to cause serious issues.

While these boxes will function perfectly well in the beginning, over time the effects of heavy rains or overwatering will begin to cause water penetration. As planter boxes are commonly located either adjacent to, or above habitable areas, water ingress caused by a leaking planter box can result in serious issues. Remedial is experienced in rectifying this situation and will typically take the following steps:

  • Remove existing plants and soil and safely relocate them for the duration of the works
  • Remove any water systems which may be in place
  • Remove current waterproof lining (if applicable)
  • Thoroughly clean drains
  • Install a new waterproof membrane
  • Thoroughly test the integrity of the new membrane
  • Install filter fabric
  • Install drainage cell
  • Install corflute from edge to edge
  • Either reinstall plants or leave this for a horticulturalist as stipulated by the owner