808, 2016

Rusted Roof

August 8th, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Roof Problems|Comments Off on Rusted Roof

Rusted roof that could not be identified from ground level or from the roof interior (no access hole do the low pitch skillion roof). Photos tell the story! 


Combination of zincalume and galvanised roof sheeting will cause corrosion between the two items. Roof sheeting and flashings must be fitted in one or the other unless […]

108, 2016

Retaining walls

August 1st, 2016|Importance of photos & access, Retaining wall problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Retaining walls


This is why it is important for your inspector to access common property areas of a unit complex. These are photos of a very high boundary rock retaining wall that has moved significantly and is highly likely to continue to move. The wall is not likely to have been appropriately engineered, reinforced or Council […]

2507, 2016

Leaking from bathroom

July 25th, 2016|Bathroom|Comments Off on Leaking from bathroom

Rotting to bathroom floor of a house in the eastern suburbs. These photos show why it is very poor building practice to have particleboard below a wet area, such as a bathroom, toilet or laundry. Almost everything in the room would have to be removed to gain access and replace the particleboard floor including any […]

1807, 2016

Roof leaking points

July 18th, 2016|Roof Problems|Comments Off on Roof leaking points

Lack of tray fitted within the brick chimney (during construction). Flashing must also extend up and behind a tray. Bricks are porous and will allow seepage over extended periods of rain to the building interior and possibly cause rotting of timber also ceiling linings.

Down-pipe spreaders, due to concentration of water.

Valleys often leak in a heavy […]

1107, 2016

New house, drainage problem

July 11th, 2016|Drainage, New house problems|Comments Off on New house, drainage problem


A newly built large house in the inner city area.

As you can see the steps lack railings (for safety) they also lead down from both sides to a paved area with less than 60mm between levels of the outside and inside with an inadequate drain. This unfortunately allowed water entry to the lower living […]

407, 2016

Dangerous fitting of a rola-door

July 4th, 2016|Dangerous structures|Comments Off on Dangerous fitting of a rola-door

What were they thinking?

The bottom chords (horizontal member) of the roof trusses have been checked out to accommodate the rola-door track above this garage. This has significantly weakened the roof structure which could have allowed the tiled roof to collapse at any time.  This problem was brought to the attention of the seller and fixed […]