Rusting columns from design fault

Rusting columns from design fault. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service

Design fault causing columns to rust

Rusting column within slab to corner of a sub-floor extension.

Rusting of columns from design fault

Problems with columns rusting from faulty design:

  • Rust has occurred to columns within the slab edges.
  • This will cause cracking of the slab as further rusting occurs.
  • Likely to allow potential termite access to the house.

Effective termite barriers cannot be fitted with this method of construction.

Important note:

The problem of rusted columns can easily be overcome during construction. With a little bit more thought going into the process and with minimal  additional cost. Although this is very common building practice, it should be outlawed!

Some information that may be of use

QBCC Standards & Tolerances Guide

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