Over the coming weeks, we will be quizzing our experienced Inspectors about some of the defects they come across when inspecting residential homes. This week, we’re focusing on common defects or maintenance items in the bathroom area.
Spotting cracks in your walls, on the ceiling and beside door frames/windows are quite frequent in bathrooms. Though cracks may be terrifying to spot, not all are detrimental to a property’s structural integrity. We recommend engaging a professional to assess the issue.
So What Causes Cracking?
Movement in a building or in paving can occur because of several factors. These can include ground movement and changing conditions in the environment, ageing of the building, poor structural design or substandard workmanship.
Mould and moisture and general water leaks
When water damage occurs, it can cause mildew and mould issues. Seeing as most of a household’s water source streams to a bathroom, it makes sense as to why this defect is a common one. Whether your ventilation system is faulty and isn’t absorbing the moisture, or your plumbing systems perhaps has a leak, both can result in serious structural damages.
Mould can grow over time and if unnoticed for a long period, it can cause serious health issues such as allergies, asthma and respiratory infections.
Additionally, moisture may create a humid atmosphere that will attract termites. If left untreated, there can be major structural issues/damages to your home. Once a termite nest is established, they feed on wood, such as rotted tree stumps and wood off-cuts. An inspection will assist in detecting and preventing damage from termites before it becomes a major problem.
To make sure you know your investment’s crooks and crannies, ensure you hire an experienced professional to go through the entire property. To read more about our Special Purpose reports, please click here.