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 […]

1804, 2016

Garage-subfloor conversion

April 18th, 2016|Drainage, Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Rising Damp|Comments Off on Garage-subfloor conversion


Whole of lower floor area of this large western suburbs house has been converted from a garage-storage to a habitable area. Water has seeped through the walls, rising damp has occurred from the slab, ceiling heights are too low for use as habitable areas. The house was advertised by the agent as having legal living […]

1104, 2016

Rising damp & converted garage

April 11th, 2016|Drainage, Garage conversions, Rising Damp, Termites|Comments Off on Rising damp & converted garage

Conversion of a previous garage to a living area. Advertised by agent as a habitable area!

Water entry, rising damp, low ceiling height and termite damage. Not suitable for use as a habitable area. Inadequate drainage, ground clearances, no plastic membrane below the slab.

2803, 2016

Drainage problem

March 28th, 2016|Drainage, Rusting supporting columns|Comments Off on Drainage problem

Ground levels to the perimeter of this house are higher than the sub-floor soil levels, this is allowing water to enter and pond to the sub-floor is causing rusting of the steel supports of the building. The street level is the same height as the sub-floor area, not allowing an effective drainage system to exit […]

1507, 2015

Using the right product

July 15th, 2015|Concrete cancer (spalling), Drainage, Rising Damp|Comments Off on Using the right product

These concrete stumps were only replaced about 4 years previous to when these photos were taken. A combination of water entry, ponding of water, rising damp, salts in the soil and most importantly, the concrete stumps were not the right type of material to use in this particular circumstance. Either steel columns (preferably galvanized) or […]

504, 2015

Fractured concrete stumps

April 5th, 2015|Concrete cancer (spalling), Drainage, Fractured concrete stumps|Comments Off on Fractured concrete stumps

Photos of significantly fractured concrete stumps from water entry and ponding of water to sub-floor area of this house in the Camp Hill area. Sometimes it is preferable to replace concrete stumps with timber (believe it or not) also not steel as further deterioration may occur (depending on the type of soil) rust will also […]