Watch out for cracks within walls. Although some of them appear minute and harmless, they can be a potential
And, whilst it is generally going to be one of the signs you see when other issues have become apparent, one thing you may want to keep an eye on is whether your walls are no longer plumb. In other words look to see if your wall is meeting the floor/ceiling at 90 degree angles, or are there bulges in the wall from structural forces causing shifts.
When a building is built, the windows and doors are designed to be snug—not too loose and not too tight. If you notice that your doors or windows are starting to catch when you close them, or that there is a whistling coming in through gaps, it could be a sign that your walls are shifting ever so slightly and you may need to do something.
When the floor is laid it is designed to be flat, or perhaps have a small gradient to help it drain water towards a waste point. However, if you note that round objects seemingly start to roll by themselves, on what should be a flat surface, it could be a sign you have structural shift causing issues.
It was Benjamin Franklin who said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” As we see it, by preparing in advance, or at the least by knowing your building well enough to recognise problems as they develop, you will be actively working to protect your building. Doing so can be the difference between catching an issue early and identifying it late when the time and costs to repair it are much more significant.
When you do find irregularities, take note of each one of them—the type of damage, the size, and other important details and write them down, or better still take a few photos. Then you have a timeline for what has happened and when, allowing you to give precise details to a rectification specialist. The services offered by experts, who know where to look and who know how to analyse cracks and other issues that might occur in a façade go above and beyond the services of a handyman, or renderer, who may be inclined to treat the issue, not the cause..
At Remedial Building Services Australia, we work to assure you that your building will be thoroughly inspected, and in the event that we discover some problems that compromise structural integrity, that we can organise the issues and solutions to be detailed by an external engineering company.
So, if you do see the warning signs, we can help – talk to us!
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
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.
|Brick Ties||Brick 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 Stripping||Carbon 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.|
|Cladding||A 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 Cancer||Concrete 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.|
|Dynabolts||Dynabolts 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 Defect||Latent 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.|
|Lintels||Lintels are horizontal beams used above a window or door to support the weight of a wall.|
|Ponding||Ponding 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 Membrane||Roll-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.|
|Spalling||Spalling 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.|
|Torch-on Membrane||Torch-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.|
|Waterproofing||Waterproofing 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 Ingress||Water 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.