In Melbourne and surrounding areas, Sarking is not normally required for most houses unless the home is situated within a bushfire zone. There are some exceptions to this rule however and these should be verified prior to construction. Whether sarking is technically required or not, it is recommended. It will cost additional but the energy … Continue reading Do I need to install sarking under my roof in Victoria?
Prevention is the best cure because if the leak is due to inadequate waterproofing underneath the wall or floor tiles, it can be extremely costly to fix. In order to fix this waterproofing, the wall or floor tiles need to be removed. In many cases it is impractical to remove these tiles without first removing … Continue reading How Do I Stop My Shower Leaking?
Concrete cancer occurs when moisture or oxygen corrodes the steel reinforcement within the slab. It leads to reduced slab strength and ultimately, failure of the slab. Symptoms of concrete cancer include orange or brown stains on the surface of the concrete. In some cases, concrete cancer can be repaired however it is often costly to … Continue reading What is Concrete Cancer & How Do I Avoid it?
It is important that water not be allowed to pool next to your foundations becuase excessive moisture ingress can cause cracking. While your minimum slab level will be determined by your civil engineer, it is generally preferable to raise the slab if your budget allows, because higher slabs tend to be better at repelling water … Continue reading How high should my slab level be to avoid drainage problems?
Slab heave, or excessive cracking in your slab, walls and ceiling, occurs when the foundations move significantly. It can be extremely costly to rectify, costing tens of thousands or in rare cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. Causes include poor design or construction plus moisture ingress or reactive clay soils. Filled sites, which … Continue reading What is Slab Heave, How Do I Prevent It?