Unit problems

2 07, 2020

Seepage above unit garage

2020-08-16T09:35:31+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage above unit garage

Garage of unit with seepage through slab above, in St Lucia, a Western suburb of Brisbane, Seepage above unit garage, identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Here are photos of a recent inspection of a common area of a multi-storey unit block in the western suburbs. The underground garages have [...]

2 07, 2020

Foundation movement in townhouses

2020-08-16T11:09:33+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Foundation movement in townhouses

Townhouses with movement of their foundations, How foundation movement in townhouses can be overlooked by building inspectors, if they are not prepared to look at the building exterior. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Here is movement of a brick pier was taken in the same location on separate occasions. [...]

2 07, 2020

Flooding of an apartment garage

2020-08-17T17:15:10+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Drainage problems, Flooding & effects, Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Flooding of an apartment garage

Garage of an apartment, flooding. Flooding of an apartment garage. Identified by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.  Inadequate drainage: The sub-floor level of this unit building was below the ground levels on all four sides also below the flood level in the area, making it reliant upon an electric pump to [...]

1 07, 2020

Balconies with concrete cancer

2020-08-19T18:53:40+10:00July 1st, 2020|Concrete cancer (spalling), Unit problems|Comments Off on Balconies with concrete cancer

Apartment balconies with concrete cancer, in St Lucia, South of Brisbane. Balconies with concrete cancer. Identified by Peter Weddell  Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Common causes: Seepage through the concrete to the steel reinforcing causing concrete cancer (spalling). Reinforcing being too close to concrete surface or edges causing it to rust then expand which causes [...]

1 07, 2020

Retaining wall defect

2020-08-21T06:37:23+10:00July 1st, 2020|Retaining wall problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Retaining wall defect

Retaining wall defect, in Ferny Hills, a Northern suburb of Brisbane, Retaining wall defect. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Important information: Significant movement of a boundary retaining wall. This major defect was not mentioned in the Body Corporate Records. Tenants and owners were not aware of the problem. Impossible access [...]

1 07, 2020

Non compliant apartment unit

2020-08-21T06:43:05+10:00July 1st, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Non compliant apartment unit

Non compliant apartment unit, in Toowong a Western suburb of Brisbane Non compliant apartment unit. Identified by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Ceiling height of this room was under the building code requirements for a bedroom. The ceiling height of this room at 2.238 metres is at least 162 mm under [...]

1 07, 2020

Movement of wall in apartment roof

2020-08-22T06:40:15+10:00July 1st, 2020|Building movement, New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Movement of wall in apartment roof

Movement of wall in apartment roof, in Wavell Heights, a Northern suburb of Brisbane. Movement of wall in apartment roof. Identified in a building inspection carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Considerable movement of block walls between units of a relatively newly built complex. Important notes. The gap could [...]

1 07, 2020

New apartment with illegal bedroom

2020-08-22T07:54:42+10:00July 1st, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on New apartment with illegal bedroom

Illegal bedroom in a new apartment. In New Farm, an inner City suburb of Brisbane. New apartment with illegal bedroom. Identified by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.  Ceiling height being too low and not complying with building code requirements. No fixed ventilation from exterior of the building. New apartment with illegal [...]

1 07, 2020

Seepage through slab above units

2020-08-23T06:38:15+10:00July 1st, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage through slab above units

Seepage through slabs to ceilings of units below, in Coorparoo, an Eastern suburb of Brisbane, Seepage through slab above units. Identified By Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Seepage problems: Seepage has occurred through the balcony slab above these units to ceilings of the unit interiors below them. Cause of the problem was [...]

1 07, 2020

Non-compliant apartment

2020-08-23T06:58:32+10:00July 1st, 2020|Illegal structures, Unit problems|Comments Off on Non-compliant apartment

Apartment that was non-compliant for living use, in Clayfield, a northern suburb of Brisbane Non-compliant apartment. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. This unit was advertised as having a self contained unit below it. The seller and agent failed to mention the following in their advertising. Ceiling height was under the [...]

1 07, 2020

Water entry to an apartment

2020-08-23T08:05:54+10:00July 1st, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Water entry to an apartment

Water entry from balcony to an apartment,  in Toowong, a Western suburb of Brisbane. Water entry to apartment from balcony. Identified by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service Inadequate relief: Reliefs fitted to brick walls of this balcony were insufficient in their size to allow water to escape in driving rain. Water [...]

1 07, 2020

Defects with apartment balcony

2020-08-23T08:19:22+10:00July 1st, 2020|Unit problems|Comments Off on Defects with apartment balcony

Defects with balcony of an apartment, in St Lucia, a South West suburb of Brisbane, Defects with apartment balcony. Inspected by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service. Poor design defect: The balcony slab height is higher than the apartment interior slab which will allow direct water entry to the living area, even in [...]

1 07, 2020

Apartments with footing movement

2020-08-23T08:23:12+10:00July 1st, 2020|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Apartments with footing movement

Footing movement with apartments, in Bulimba Apartments with footing movement. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of  Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.  Cracks to back wall of this block of units from footing movement. Other inspectors don't look at the exterior of an apartment building or common property, even where it is easily accessible. This can [...]

1 07, 2020

Rising damp & seepage in a apartment

2020-08-28T06:34:11+10:00July 1st, 2020|Building design faults, Poor methods of construction, Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Rising damp & seepage in a apartment

Rising damp & seepage to an new apartment, in Sherwood, a western suburb of Brisbane Rising damp & seepage in a apartment, by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service.  Problem: High moisture meter readings to a lower living area of this new apartment built into an embankment. The moisture meter were much [...]

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