There’s a well known saying that most people would agree with, and that saying is: “prevention is better than cure.” It is often quoted as relating to health but applied to the building / home renovation industry it couldn’t be more true.
Business Manager Michael Hunnam of Hills-based renovation specialist company Kirribilli Homes says “in our profession time and experience has revealed how water penetration issues left either undetected or ignored have cost homeowners 10’s of 1,000’s of $$$ in rectification work. What may have been a small repair issue has become a major renovation issue!”
A simple site visit is the remedy. This allows for examination of all accessible parts of the property, including interior and exterior, the roof spaces, sub-floor areas, walls, accessible plumbing and the site property can also be inspected.
Issues to spot is structural movement, visible water penetration, deterioration in the building elements such as roof tiles, flashing, guttering, roofing, rendering, painting, shower and bathroom areas, evidence of waterproofing failure, water damaged Gyprock wall or ceiling sheeting.
These areas left undetected can quickly escalate in price costing the homeowner unnecessary costs unless they can be detected by a learned, experienced and licensed builder.
A new homeowner in Baulkham Hills was delighted to win at the auction [mid 2016] but was quickly remorseful when Project Manager Neil Walker of Kirribilli Homes spotted a defective copper pipe in the main bathroom that appeared to be leaking into the interior wall. On the surface it seemed like a minor issue however the dripping pipe had leaked water into much of the timber frame including the bottom plates and studs over months and months thereby deteriorating the structural strength and integrity into the load-bearing walls around the main bathroom.
As a by-product of this, large cracks caused by the deflection of roof weight load had appeared outside the bathroom hallway. To now access the bottom plates, demolition of the bathroom’s timber framed walls, wall lining and tiles was essential and a complete rebuild.
In other words, an unplanned bathroom renovation. As the new owner wanted the ensuite to match the main bathroom, the decision was made to renovate the ensuite as well adding a walk-in robe.
These bathroom renovations were not originally intended in the owner’s budget, thus altering the overall vision and project for the residence leaving a depleted landscaping budget.
In another example in Sydney’s Hill’s area, water penetration sourced from the corner of a main bathroom shower where waterproofing had deteriorated, had compromised the strength of the subfloor. Hydraulic jacks were used to jack up the house to replace rotted timbers including new floor joists.
In all, five additional days labour was added to this bathroom renovation costing not only more in additional work and dollars, but created a longer disruption for the family. In this instance there was the welcome news was that the upswing in sub-floor moisture had not attracted termites.
Ruan Vanzyl of Pest Shield knows from years of pest control experience how termites come in to infest a property through moisture. Says Ruan, “Termites are certainly attracted to moisture. In fact one in three homes in Sydney will be subject to termite attack in its lifetime, and NO insurance company covers for termite damage.” Find out more about termite infestation and Pest Shield’s treatments at http://www.pestshield.com.au/termite-control-sydney/
High pressure water tests of your roof may take only a few hours but is necessary to detect water penetration leaks from your roof into the below supporting timbers. Water is often found to be merciless in how it can cause costly damage if not detected.
It’s not enough to just call in any handyman or builder, it is essential to benefit from the required and learned skills and knowledge to inspect and identify defects and causes in floor and wall tiling systems to ensure compliance with the NCC and Australian Standards requirements that comes from training, ongoing learning and time and experience in the field.
Tamara Wikuruk of Harcourts Baulkham Hills has over 15 years experience as a real estate agent and is known for her ability to get the maximum possible result for her clients. She still holds the record for the highest sale price in Baulkham Hills and Winston Hills. She says “I’ve seen first hand how motivated but discerning buyers diminish in their enthusiasm the moment they spot a tell-tale water issue.”
“An inspection by an experienced licensed builder and renovations specialist such as Kirribilli Homes will go a long way in clarifying tell-tales and which issues will wind up being the most damaging, inconvenient and the most costly to rectify if not detected and attended to.”
If you know you have visible cracks or signs of water penetration issues in your property or you would like to benefit from a on-site visit call Neil Walker at Kirribilli Homes directly:
0423 566 072. You may end up saving 10’s of $1,000’s. Prevention really is better than cure.
Want to know more about real estate agent Tamara Wikuruk of Harcourts? See her profile and videos here: http://hillsliving.harcourts.com.au/Profile/Tamara-Wikaruk
Speak to Tamara on 0422 279 939 or email her on email@example.com