New house fault. Insufficient flashing’s around windows, identified in a recent building inspection carried out in the Wavell Heights, a Northern suburb of Brisbane, by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.

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Builders seem to have lost sight of importance of fitting flashing’s around openings and rely too much on sealants.

Sealants will deteriorate in normal weather conditions. Due to different rates of expansion and contraction of different products.

This can allow seepage and potential for rot to occur to wall framing and sometimes the sub-floor structure (in a two storey house). Also refer to other posts and photos for more information.

 

New house problems

New house problems

Rising damp occurring to exposed edges of the house and garage slab. Although this is a common occurrence deterioration may occur over the long term (depending on the type of soil in the area).
This problem must be identified in a building inspection report. This will help the buyer be aware then addressed by an expert, before it develops into a serious problem.
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Seepage and/or rising damp to corner of the garage slab. Cracks to the garage slab, likely to be caused from expansion of the soil causing the slab to heave (lift and dome).
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New house problems

The structural integrity of the truss has been compromised! 

New house problems

Fractured web member to part of a roof Truncated Girder truss (main supporting truss to other roof trusses)Although being a small component of the roof truss the web is still a very important part of the roof truss.

Although far less of a problem when supporting a light weight metal roof as opposed to a much heavier tiled roofThis new house fault can easily be rectified by reinforcing the fractured web section with secured cleats to both sides of the web.

New house problems

No fall of floor tiles to the floor waste pipe in a main bathroom. Serves little purpose if leaking occurs.

New house problems

Not enough clearance between lower external walls and paving may allow potential termite access.
 
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