1 07, 2021

Seepage above unit garage

2021-08-19T10:13:03+10:00July 1st, 2021|Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage above unit garage

Improper method of correcting deterioration to concrete slab. Seepage through slab above a unit garage causing damage to concrete. QBIS. Inspection of a unit complex common area identified this serious problem of seepage causing concrete to deteriorate. The underground garages have a concrete slab above them with grass and soil over the top. [...]

1 07, 2021

Balconies with concrete cancer

2021-09-02T08:10:20+10:00July 1st, 2021|Concrete cancer (spalling), Unit problems|Comments Off on Balconies with concrete cancer

Apartment balconies with concrete cancer. Learn about balconies with concrete cancer, causes and remedy. QBIS. This problem can become serious and costly to have rectified. Regular checks for signs of early stages of concrete Cancer are important with immediate action taken. Common causes of concrete cancer (spalling). Seepage through concrete causing rusting of [...]

1 07, 2021

Foundation movement in townhouses

2021-08-27T17:06:43+10:00July 1st, 2021|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Foundation movement in townhouses

Townhouses with movement of their foundations. Foundation movement in townhouses, can easily be overlooked by building inspectors, if they are not prepared to look at the building exterior. QBIS. Some examples showing the importance of building inspectors accessing exterior of a unit complex, where possible. Brick pier movement photos were taken in the same [...]

1 07, 2021

Construction fault of Unit Complex

2021-08-22T10:08:21+10:00July 1st, 2021|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Construction fault of Unit Complex

Building construction fault to unit in a large complex. This is an example of why a unit needs to be checked by an experienced building inspector to indentify a construction fault of Unit in a Complex. QBIS. Poor building construction and fault to unit complex. Here are photos of what an unprofessional construction [...]

1 07, 2021

Non-compliant bedroom of unit

2021-08-19T11:17:14+10:00July 1st, 2021|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Non-compliant bedroom of unit

Misleading advertising of unit with a bedroom being non-compliant.  This non-compliant bedroom in a unit would likely have had an affect on the future resale, if it was not picked up in a building inspection report carried out by QBIS. Ceiling height of this room was under the building code requirements for use [...]

1 07, 2021

Movement of unit building

2021-08-24T06:17:50+10:00July 1st, 2021|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Movement of unit building

Movement of building affecting units in a complex How movement of unit building can affect an owner. QBIS. Some examples showing how important it is for building inspectors checking the outside of a unit complex including the unit itself. Access to exterior of a unit building access is important for building inspectors to [...]

2 07, 2020

Flooding of an apartment garage

2021-08-15T16:59:24+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Drainage problems, Flooding & effects, Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Flooding of an apartment garage

Garage of an apartment, flooding. Flooding of an apartment garage. QBIS.  Inadequate drainage: The sub-floor level of this unit building was below the ground levels on all four sides also below the flood level in the area, making it reliant upon an electric pump to remove excess water. Blocked drain: As you can see [...]

2 07, 2020

New apartment with illegal bedroom

2021-08-15T17:59:48+10:00July 2nd, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on New apartment with illegal bedroom

Illegal bedroom in a new apartment. New apartment with illegal bedroom. QBIS.  Ceiling height being too low and not complying with building code requirements. No fixed ventilation from exterior of the building. New apartment with illegal bedroom. Important points: Advertising brochure listed this room as a bedroom. It did not meet the building code [...]

2 07, 2020

Seepage through slab above units

2021-08-15T18:17:22+10:00July 2nd, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Seepage through slab above units

Seepage through slabs to ceilings of units below. Seepage through slab above units. QBIS. Seepage problems: Seepage has occurred through the balcony slab above these units to ceilings of the unit interiors below them. Cause of the problem was lack of appropriate water-proofing of the balcony slabs before the tiles were laid over them. [...]

2 07, 2020

Non-compliant apartment

2021-08-15T18:26:04+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Illegal structures, Unit problems|Comments Off on Non-compliant apartment

Apartment that was non-compliant for living use. Non-compliant apartment. QBIS. This unit was advertised as having a self contained unit below it. The seller and agent failed to mention the following in their advertising. Ceiling height was under the Code requirement for use as a habitable area, therefore it was not compliant. Problems associated [...]

2 07, 2020

Water entry to an apartment

2021-08-15T18:42:22+10:00July 2nd, 2020|New unit problems, Unit problems|Comments Off on Water entry to an apartment

Water entry from balcony to an apartment. Water entry to apartment from balcony. QBIS. Inadequate relief: Reliefs fitted to brick walls of this balcony were insufficient in their size to allow water to escape in driving rain. Water entry to living areas of the apartment will occur. Inside of undersized relief hole to the [...]

2 07, 2020

Defects with apartment balcony

2021-08-15T18:43:32+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Unit problems|Comments Off on Defects with apartment balcony

Defects with balcony of an apartment. Defects with apartment balcony. QBIS. Poor design defect: The balcony slab height is higher than the apartment interior slab which will allow direct water entry to the living area, even in light rain. The slab also does not have sufficient fall away from the sliding door opening towards [...]

2 07, 2020

Apartments with footing movement

2021-08-15T18:44:44+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Building movement, Unit problems|Comments Off on Apartments with footing movement

Footing movement with apartments. Apartments with footing movement. QBIS.  Cracks to back wall of this block of units from footing movement. Other inspectors don't look at the exterior of an apartment building or common property, even where it is easily accessible. This can prove to be a costly mistake for you!  The brick walls [...]

2 07, 2020

Rising damp & seepage in a apartment

2021-08-15T19:16:16+10:00July 2nd, 2020|Building design faults, Poor methods of construction, Seepage, Unit problems|Comments Off on Rising damp & seepage in a apartment

Rising damp & seepage to an new apartment. Rising damp & seepage in a apartment. QBIS.  Problem: High moisture meter readings to a lower living area of this new apartment built into an embankment. The moisture meter were much greater than what would be considered normal. Even though new slabs can show higher readings [...]

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