Mr Inspector is one of a few actual qualified building inspector in Melbourne. The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector during a house inspection in Highett and shows a rotten timber stump footing.

You can see that the timber stump footing (that holds up the house) is rotten – see Mr Inspectors Termite Tapping golf ball is under the stump.  Further investigation revealed a leaking plumbing pipe  under the kitchen area and when the owners were told about this they realized why their water bills were so high.  This leak had been occurring for over 12 months and caused rot to the stump footings which required replacement.   This reiterates why it is so important to carry out a building inspection by a qualified building inspector in Melbourne so that you are well informed of any costly building defects before you buy the property.