Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector in Melbourne and took the above photograph during one of his recent building inspections in Moorabbin.
Many older homes around Melbourne, especially in the inner suburbs don’t have their down pipes connected to storm water, rather they are directed out onto the street or into a lane.
This is not normally an issue but down pipes leaking or flowing close to the homes wall can pose a problem over time.
Common problems are deterioration of the bricks mortar, timber rot on timber stumps, weather boards or plinth boards, footings settlement, rising damp problems and is also conducive to termite infestation. These issues are assessed, photographed and included by Mr Inspector in his building inspection reports.