Rising Damp

2208, 2016

High-set house problems

August 22nd, 2016|High-set vs 2 storey house, Movement, Rising Damp|Comments Off on High-set house problems

Undulation of the upper level external walls at the stump level indicating movement.

The prospective purchaser of this house intending using the lower level (sub-floor area) as a living space for renting. The main reason this house would not be suitable for the buyers intentions is the fact that it is a high-set house (lower level […]

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.

2103, 2016

Dry rot, rising damp & inadequate ventilation

March 21st, 2016|Dry rot, Rising Damp, Ventilation|Comments Off on Dry rot, rising damp & inadequate ventilation

Inadequate ventilation, ground clearance and rising damp causing dry rot to sub-floor timber of a 1950’s cavity brick house. Rust marks to flooring nails from seepage and water ponding to the sub-floor area. These problems may attract termites, will cause further rot, may also cause health problems with inhabitants. […]

712, 2015

High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

December 7th, 2015|Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Illegal structures, Rising Damp, Rooms not suitable for habitation, Sagging roofs, Seepage|Comments Off on High-set house being sold as a 2 storey house

Inspection recently carried out on a high-set house that was supposedly converted to a 2 storey house. The house had been inspected by a certifier only once, on completion of alterations to the lower floor area, not during the alterations, as would be required. The house was being sold as a 2 storey 5 bedroom, […]

1709, 2015

High-set vs Two storey house

September 17th, 2015|Garage conversions, High-set vs 2 storey house, Rising Damp, Rooms not suitable for habitation, Seepage|Comments Off on High-set vs Two storey house

Typical high-set house

The following photos show indications of seepage and rising damp to single and double brick walls (no cavity) of high-set houses. These problems are the reasons why high-set houses are not suitable for conversion to habitable areas and the brick walls must not be covered with any type of material. Purpose built two […]