Common Building Defects and Remediation

Four Common Building Defects and How To Fix Them

Sydney Building Defects and Inspection Reports aims to provide high quality building inspections and reports in the building industry whenever defects are present and pose a risk to the health and safety of occupants. We have been in business for nearly four decades and over this time have gained a wide scope of experience in writing reports of building defects and safety hazards. In this blog post we provide information regarding several common building defects and what is required to remediate each one.

Spot Fixing Tiles

When tiles are located in wet areas of a building, over time they may decay, become brittle and fall off, leaving the wall underneath exposed. This may lead to serious defects due to water penetrating cavities or voids. Australian Standard 3958.1 – 2007, clause 5.6 states that 90% of wall areas must be covered with tiles in wet areas. Therefore, if 90% of walls are not covered with tiles, trades specialists must be employed to correct the coverage deficit in such areas.

Stormwater Pit Base to Outlet

Stormwater pits that are not benched with concrete will retain stagnant water. Stagnant water can breed bacteria and germs that can cause disease if people live too close to it. Bad odours and increased mosquito populations can also manifest. Building standards dictate that inlets are raised above outlets in such stormwater pits. If there is no bench present, the base of the pit must have concrete installed to the base of the outlet level to prevent the problems listed above.

Water Leaking Through The Walls

When water leaks through the walls, it is often a sign of a compromised seal and leads to rust and corrosion. This can lead to serious building defects including structural instability. Any fixings that penetrate the wall membrane must be sealed. The sealant assuredly must be compatible with the surface material to ensure longevity and strength. Where a backing rod is used in support of the sealant, they have to have a diameter of a minimum 12mm.

Untreated Penetrations and Missing Fire Collars

Sometimes, shoddy building work leaves no fire protection installed around pipework to prevent the spread of fire. This poses a massive safety risk and can see buildings conflagrate much faster, thus preventing fire fighting teams from arriving onsite with enough time to save the building. Adequate pipe seals as per Australian Standard 2032 – PCV Piping Installation Clause 6.2.2 requires installation of fire collars around all pipes throughout the building to prevent the spread of fire. Furthermore, there may not be a rigid connection present between slab and service pipes.

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