We report on all visible major structural defects in our structural building inspection report. A major building defect is defined as one of sufficient magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property. Downpipes not connected to stormwater discharge can be a major defect as water may flow under the home, causing footings subsidence and therefore further deterioration of the property. Other major defects include leaking shower bases, as this defect can cause timber fungal decay (rot) to the floorboards and the floor frame. See one of our building structural inspection photographs below.
Some major defects can be construed as Structural defects. Excess water ponding under the home has the potential to cause differential settlement cracking, stump rot and therefore structural damage. If it is rectified early there may be no problems.
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