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 building. In addition, professional inspection of the common sources of defects is also important before marking an apartment construction project as finished. This is to ensure specifications are followed and strict standards are adhered to.

Importance of detecting waterproofing defects

Defects in either external or internal waterproofing systems can make some areas of the property uninhabitable. For instance, if the retaining walls and concrete roofs were not completely watertight, the water from the rain (or worse, overflowing drain systems) can seep through the area. Aside from aesthetic issues (the brown “watermarks”, moulds and other obvious water damage signs), it could also be a health concern for the tenants.

As a result, tenants might file complaints and leave. Moreover, both the damages and defects might get worse through time. That’s because the overall structure of the building was already compromised in the first place.

Inspections for termite, vermin and other property damages

Damages resulting from termite and rodent infestation can still exist even in new apartment buildings. One reason is that some buildings were repurposed for residential use. More and more people look for apartments and to fill that demand, some buildings might have been renovated. However, the underlying structures might have stayed intact as a result. Some areas might still be thriving locations for termites and rats.

Another possible reason is that there are a few entry areas where the pests found ways. It’s often a result of the use of substandard construction materials. It could also be a result of improper installation of tiles, wood and concrete.

Overall, the presence of pests can result to expensive property damages and possible health concerns. That’s why it’s important to check for possible construction defects and damages to reduce expenses.

New apartment defects

Here at Sydney Building Defects Inspections and Reports, we perform thorough inspections to determine waterproofing defects (including tiling, retaining walls and concrete roofs). We also inspect for the presence of termite colonies in walls and subfloors. We can then recommend a comprehensive set of action to fix the issues.

Contact us today and we’ll look for construction defects in your property.