Balcony seepage-Sunnybank, a Southern suburb of Brisbane

Identified in a building inspection carried out by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service

Seepage has occurred through this exposed balcony to a living area below, causing damage and sagging to the ceiling lining.

Rectification method:

  • Remove the floor tiles and sheeting from the balcony also any damaged timber and/or linings.
  • Fit new sheeting suitable for external use.
  • Apply appropriate water-proofing over the sheeting and fit flashing where the balcony meets external walls of the house.
  • Re-lay new floor tiles suitable for external use.
  • Build a roof above the balcony with a reasonable eave overhang.
  • Fit windows that can be opened to enclose the balcony for full protection.

The first method would be absolutely necessary, if you wish to keep the balcony exposed to the weather.

Seepage through balconies

Unfortunately this photo does not show the degree of the ceiling sagging, believe me it was considerable!

Seepage through balconies

Timber architrave around a window that is allowing seepage and rot to occur, to concealed wall framing timber.

Seepage through balconies

Lower external timber wall with insufficient clearances between the soil. This will cause rot and is most likely to allow termite access also potential for damage.

Related information that may assist you.

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-and-building/do-i-need-approval/residential-projects/structures/building-a-deck

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Deck%20inspection%20guide.pdf

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/contractors/forms-fact-sheets-publications/publications

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