New apartment defects, in Corinda, a western suburb of Brisbane,

New apartment defects. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

Inappropriate new apartment balcony level: 

As you can see in these two photos, the balcony floor tiles are at a higher level than the inside floor level of this new apartment. It should be the other way around. The tiles should also have appropriate fall to the relief holes.  Poor construction and design fault!

There is nothing stopping water from entering the apartment interior (in differing weather conditions) especially with driving rain.

New apartment balcony reliefs defect

Undersized relief hole to the balcony.

New apartment defects.

These photos show relief holes that are well undersized and would not allow water to escape in a heavy downpour, especially if they get blocked.

Important points:

  • Quick, economical remedy: The easiest way to help alleviate problems associated with this balcony. Fit much larger relief holes also an awning that extends beyond the balcony for added protection.
  • Unfortunately with units, you would have to gain Body Corporate approval before any remedial work to exterior of the building is carried out.
  • From past experience another common problem (over the long term) is rotting of the walls,  where they meet the floor tiles. I would recommend periodic checking and applying sealant to the internal corners.

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