Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector conducting building and pest inspection in the Bentleigh area. Mr Inspectors took the above photo during one of his many building inspections in Bentleigh. It depicts a timber floor frame member (bearer) that has been cut out to accommodate a pipe connection.
Although this defect has not caused any internal floor unevenness or wall cracking the bearer is a load bearing timber member and cutting can weaken the structural integrity. It is technically a structural defect, however, due to the fact it has been like this for many years and not caused any further problems, Mr Inspector considers monitoring of the area only.
The importance of a qualified building inspector conducting your house inspection is essential as experience and knowledge will detect issues and give you the right advice on rectification if needed.