Case Study One
Reoccuring Structural Defect
In this photo we can see a crack in the ceiling. The location of the crack tells us this is not caused by general movement of the house and will be a re-occuring crack which will continue to open up each item it is patched and painted.
Case Study Two
This photo is taken from on top of the roof. The minor gap in between the bricks and the roof flashing is big enough for a major leak inside. Due to current draught conditions there are no signs of this possible disaster from inside the property.
Due to the length and width of the crack and other signs from inside the property, this wall has suffered from major movement in the footings and foundations. In this scenario a structural engineer would be required to design an underpinning system to support the existing wall.
This photo was taken at Lock up stage. The plumbing stack work has been installed to close the load bearing points of the floor joists. This will weaken the structural integrity of the floor joists.
The builder has attempted to extend the slabs brick rebate as it was constructed in the incorrect position. When asked to supply verification from the appointed engineer, to say that the method used to extend the slab was ok, the builder confessed to not getting any.
This photo was taken at a hand over inspection. There are items missing from this truss roof installation which are a requirement of the Building Code of Australia. Without the missing items the trusses could potentially slide down the roof.
This is a very good example of what kind of damage termites can do to structural pieces of timber. The damage is so bad that the timber will need to be replaced.
This photo contains two conducive items to termite attack. The rain water downpipe is not connected to the storm water and is allowing the roof water to be disposed along the edge of the house, and this in turn is rotting the timber weather boards in contact with the ground. Perfect for attracting termites.