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Annual Building Inspections Melbourne
During our building inspections Melbourne wide, we observe numerous homes that have been poorly maintained. A home that is not maintained will lead to further problems in the future and thus expensive home maintenance and repair costs are incurred by the house owner.
Safehome Building Inspections Melbourne believes it is essential for you to carry out yearly house inspections to have all areas inspected and assessed for house defects. This house inspection will essentially save you money after addressing the problem areas.
Timber around the home requires an annual building inspection to look at rot, paint deterioration and ground contact
Any paint deterioration needs to be addressed, sanded back and re-painted to prevent further timber decay. Timber with decay is evident simply by paint distortion softness when touching the timber. This should be replaced. Small sections of the timber with rot can be patched but the entire decayed sections must be removed first. Timber in contact with the ground is conducive to termite infestation. Timber plinth boards should not be in touch with the soil and is included in the building inspection.
If, during our building inspection we observe wall cracks, we need to ascertain the seriousness of these cracks. Wall Cracks are categorised based on the widths, lengths, locations and number of cracks. Any cracking noted internally or externally during the building inspection will need to be properly investigated to ascertain cause and remedy.
Gutters and Down Pipes
During the building inspection the gutters and down pipes need to be assessed for rust, leaking joins and adequate connections to storm water discharge. A lot of building inspections we attend reveal down pipes that are not even connected to storm water. This can cause footings movement or settlement and is also conducive to termite infestation. Gutters need to be regularly cleaned of debris to prevent the onset of rust. Many of our house inspections show decay in the timber fascia due to leaking gutter joins and blockages.
Poor drainage around a home is often observed during our pre purchase house inspections. The land or paths around the homes walls should be graded so that any surface water falls away from the homes walls. Poor drainage can cause rising damp problems, footings settlement and subsequent wall cracking, timber decay and is also conducive to termite infestation.
Regular house inspections of the roof cladding is recommended. Roof tile mortar on hips and ridges erodes over time and leaves gaps which may allow water access into the roof and then ceiling linings. Any gapping should be re-pointed. If, during the building inspection we see roofs with moss and deterioration we advise an entire roof restoration. Some companies offer 25 year guarantees after cleaning and re-sealing your entire roof to new. Flashings should all be checked for deterioration and repaired as required.
We have seen homes with large dead limbs hanging over the roof during many of our building inspections. Large trees should not be planted near the homes walls as roots can get under the footings and cause extensive movement cracking in walls.
This is one area that needs yearly house inspections. Due to the simple fact that rarely is an inspection of the sub floor carried out. During the building inspection we check for leaks from shower bases and plumbing. This is a common problem we encounter during our building inspections Melbourne wide.
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- Pre-purchase inspection We inspect the sub-floor space, the roof space, the interior of the building, the exterior of the building, the roof exterior, the property within 30 m of the building for any Major defects, Structural defects and Minor defects/Maintenance issues.
- Timber pest inspection We inspect for Termite Infestation, Termite damage, concealed entry points for termites, conducive conditions for termites, borer damage, timber fungal decay (rot) and advise re eradication or preventative treatments.
- Sub floor Inspection We enter the sub floor space to inspect for Rising damp, leaking drain pipes, overflowing sewer pipes, timber floor board fungal decay (rot), joists and bearer frame fungal decay (rot), rotten stumps and excessive moisture in sub floor soil.
- Roof frame Inspection We inspect the roof space for detached frame members, timber fungal decay (rot) poor or inadequate fixings of load bearing frame, roof leaks, insulation, termite presence or damage as well as borer damage.