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Downlights – a common safety hazard found during Building Inspections

Low voltage flush mount downlights are common in modern and renovated homes These fittings generate large amounts of heat and can pose a possible fire risk when not installed properly Where insulation is present suitable fire rated fittings should be installed They should be free from lose material such as insulation timber framing members debris or stored items. A building inspection in Willoughby revealed poorly installed... Keep Reading

Termites and Concrete Slab Homes

Many home owners assume that a concrete slab and external brick walls prevents termites from accessing their home This is untrue Termites can gain access over the slab edge and can travel through brick mortar joints and weep holes in external brickwork They also gain access through cracks in the slab and slab penetrations such as plumbing and electrical wiring Often homes built on concrete... Keep Reading

Does my House have Termites?

Research developed by the CSIRO rates Sydney as the second highest risk category for termite attack in Australia second only to the tropical regions in the far North This means that every property in Sydney is at high risk of termite attack. There are several hundred species of termites in Australia The species that causes the most damage to Sydney homes are the group known as... Keep Reading

Delignification – a common finding during Inner West Building and Pest Inspections

Delignification is frighteningly common in Sydney's inner city and coastal regions This image was taken during a building and pest inspection in Sydney's Inner West The roof interior revealed chemical delignifiaction of roof tile battens to the whole roof frame. Sometimes called Defibrosis or Hairy Timber Delignification is the chemical break down of the lignin glue in the timber caused by airborne chemicals This can be... Keep Reading

Gutters

Blocked gutters can backflood into eaves and then into wall frames causing moisture related problems such as wood decay and creating conditions conducive to termite attack Roof plumbing and stormwater drainage issues are some of the most common problems we find in homes across Sydney. Roof plumbing not connected to the stormwater system causes dampness around the base of the building which may cause instability in... Keep Reading