Learn how seepage to a sub-floor area will affect inhabitants of a house.

Subfloor seepage causing problems below a timber floor of a large house. QBIS.

This problem will not only cause rotting of sub-floor timber but may also cause health problems with the occupants.

Paving and soil levels causing serious problems.

These photos show why the outside soil paving levels must be maintained at proper levels below any timber and steel of sub-floor areas of buildings.

This was allowing seepage to cause rotting of sub-floor timber and rusting of a steel bearer. Soil levels to the perimeter of the house were far too high and needed to be lowered considerably.

Subfloor seepage deterioration problems

Mould danger to sub-floor:

Mould forming on timber will cause rot over the long term also potential health problems with inhabitants of the building. This is extremely unhealthy for the house and its occupants and must be rectified urgently to avoid long term serious faults.

Subfloor seepage causing damage

Indicators of seepage to subfloor and problems it will cause:

Water stains to this sub-floor brick wall, an indication as to the height of the soil level on other side.

  • Mould forming on brick or plaster walls.
  • Musty smell after the house has been closed up for the day or so.
  • Potential for adults and/or children developing breathing problems.

Consequences of subfloor seepage.

  • Ponding of water to sub-floor area.
  • Cause movement.
  • Deterioration of timber.
  • Rusting of columns.
  • Mould.
  • Dry rot.
  • Potential health with inhabitants
  • May also attract termites.

All these items are serious and could have an affect on reselling your house unless rectified urgently.

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