Defect of rising damp to slab, in Sinnamon Park, a Southern suburb of Brisbane,
Slab rising damp defect. Identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.
Moisture meter gauge:
Although the moisture meter readings were only slightly higher than usual, this can be misleading if it has not rained for a while.
There is a high probability that the readings may increase considerably in differing weather conditions. As you can see, Visually there is a problem.
This is why you never rely upon meter readings alone to make an accurate assessment, other factors must also be taken into consideration.
As you can see in these photos the concrete surface is pitted to varying degrees from deterioration, most likely from high salt content in the soil.
Possible cause of problem:
Cause of the fault maybe due to the plastic membrane (fitted below the slab) may not be wrapped around edges of the slab far enough. This would not be possible to determine by a visual inspection with accuracy. Further investigation by removal of linings would be required.
This problem may require injection of a water impervious chemical barrier at regular intervals.
Rising damp defect to slab. Important points:
- Rising damp may cause rot to the lower timber wall framing if a damp barrier has not been fitted during construction.
- Further investigation would be highly recommended to determine if moisture barrier’s have been fitted.
Rising damp may also cause deterioration not only to the walls and possibly stored items in the garage, but may also attract termites.
Some information that may be of use
QBCC Standards & Tolerances Guide
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