Damage to plumbing from paving movement, in Yeronga, a Southern suburb of Brisbane.

Damage to plumbing from paving movement. Identified by Peter Weddell owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service 

Although movement of paving around buildings and swimming pools is quite a common problem, it must not be understated!

Some causes of movement:

  • After the footings have been constructed the soil is rarely compacted before the paving is laid.
  • Type of soil supporting the paving being reactive to water.
  • Leaking from damaged plumbing pipes.

In most cases paving movement is acceptable but in others it can develop into a safety issue or cause damage to other items.

Paving movement damaging plumbing

Unacceptable degree of paving movement:

This shows the significance of movement causing the tiles to crack and considerable differences in levels. This is a potential safety hazard and must be rectified.

Damage to plumbing from movement of paving 1

Clearances required:

This down-pipe is damaged below the surface allowing water to escape and potentially cause expensive footing movement.

When does movement of paving require rectification?

  • If it has moved to a degree that it becomes a safety issue and can cause injury from tripping.
  • When movement causes damage to plumbing within it.
  • Where movement may place pressure upon a structure causing it also to move, such as a retaining wall.

Implications of damage to plumbing from paving movement. Related issues:

  • These problems may seem to be minor and considered by inexperienced inspectors not worthy of including in a building inspection report.
  • Some types of tiles laid over paving can also present a dangerous hazard, when wet.
  • Uneven levels of paving can be a potential safety hazard.
  • Paving causing damage and leaking plumbing pipes can also cause movement of the foundations.

Some information that may be of use

QBCC Standards and Tolerances Guide

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