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Beware of These 3 Common Defects in Building Construction

Common defects in building construction include waterproofing failures, tiling defects and inadequate moisture protection (damp coming through floors, ceilings and walls). These defects result to expensive repairs and even hazards to the end users of the building. For instance, deficient waterproofing can lead to extensive damage of walls and floors. In addition, the water seeping through could serve as

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How to Stop Damp Coming Through Walls?

How to stop damp coming through walls? It starts with determining the cause of dampness (condensation, water penetration, porous walls, pipe leaks). This can be accomplished through a non-destructive method such as Thermography Inspection and other means. Once the cause is identified, reliable and cost-effective solutions will then be promptly provided. For example, the structural dampness might be primarily

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How to Spot New House Construction Problems

How to spot new house construction problems? The recommended way is to request for an inspection. Professionals will then detect problems in tiling, waterproofing and even possible termite damage. Common problems with new homes such as: Improper tile installation (cracks and gaps will result) Waterproofing issues (failed waterproofing membranes, the residence might become inhabitable) Termite damage (this still occurs

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Bathroom Waterproofing Mistakes: How to Spot Them Early

Bathroom waterproofing mistakes are often about failure to adhere with Australian Standards. These mistakes include lack of waterproofing within the shower recess, in the vertical angle between the shower walls and in the whole bathroom floor (especially if it’s above the home’s ground floor). Inadequate waterproofing in those areas will result to expensive property damages and health risks. Gradually,

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Why Waterproofing Fails? Here are the Reasons & Solutions

Why waterproofing fails? Common reasons are mostly related to leakages (where water enters). This is often a result of installation defects (concrete, tiling) and after-construction damages (weathering, impacts, other construction activities). 1. Installation defects For instance, the areas behind retaining walls and concrete roofs should be watertight. Any leakage can slowly or gradually damage the interiors. By the time

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Why a Thermography Building Inspection is Important

An accurate thermography building inspection will detect termite nests, damp in walls and ceilings, heat loss (or other insulation issues), subfloor moisture, leaking roofs, waterproofing issues and other construction problems. It’s a non-destructive method of detecting serious issues in construction and product installation. It’s possible because of the use of thermal cameras. These tools measure surface temperatures that reveal

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What are the Common Ceramic Tiles Surface Defects?

Ceramic tiles surface defects are often about improper tile installation (e.g. missing movement joints) or putting defective tiles in the first place. These could also relate to the incorrect percentage of adhesive used in placing the tiles. 1. Improper tiling Whether it’s internal or external tiling, proper installation is a must for structural and aesthetic reasons. Although most tiling

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New Apartment Defects & How to Detect Them

New apartment defects can cost you thousands up to millions of dollars in extra expenses for repairs and renovations. For example, waterproofing defects can lead to more expensive property damages after a heavy rain. Damaged ceilings, walls and floors could result to expensive demolitions, repairs and renovations. That’s why it’s crucial to know the defects before buying an apartment

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How to Tell If Your Home Has Asbestos?

How to tell if your home has asbestos? If your home was renovated or built before 1985 (or around that year), it’s possible that your place has asbestos. But to be 100% certain, it’s recommended to ask a qualified professional to do the asbestos inspection. Why is it important to know if there’s asbestos in your home or apartment

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How to Tell If You Have Termites in Your Walls

How to tell if you have termites in your walls? After two years or less, termite infestation can result to expensive property damages. It’s especially the case when the damages are structural and need extensive repairs and replacements of the wooden parts. It’s a huge concern for both apartment owners and building managers. After all, the damages brought by

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