There are many reasons as to why water may leak inside from sliding doors. One reason may be due to weep holes. These small holes are meant to drain water out of the door tracks, but, when clogged by dirt or debris they may cause water ingress. Another possibility is that the door frame could be improperly sealed. This deterioration can happen over time. Another reason may be that the frame is improper and not well-fitted to the sliding glass door. This may cause undesirable gaps that water can seep through.
This apartment building has shown significant signs of water damage by the sliding doors of the unit. But, the damage was caused by none of the above. BellMont investigated and concluded that the cause of damage in the old apartment complex was due to a lack of waterproofing membrane. The function of a waterproofing membrane would’ve prevented the water from seeping in from underneath the door. Not only was there inadequate waterproofing membrane but the ground levels of both internal and external platforms were flush, encouraging water to drain inside rather than off the balcony. There was evident water damage in the swollen floorboards and further damage upon investigation seen in the concrete.
To rectify this issue, BellMont has recommended to remove the damaged flooring and to repair the concrete cancer located in the balcony ceiling. BellMont also advised to install a waterproofing membrane, in compliance with Australian Standards, at an upturn to stop further water ingress.
If your building has leaks and is showing signs of water damage, please get in contact with us immediately. Water damage can cause much more sinister structural defects if left too long. Check out our waterproofing services and more on our website today.
In this article we highlight the importance of drainage maintenance. It can take as little as one blocked drain to cause major water damage throughout your whole building.
This unit has a terrace with a total of three drains. None of which had been cleaned. The drains had a piece of cloth placed over them. The purpose of this fabric was to prevent the pebbles from falling through and blocking the drain. BUT, the cloth hadn't been cleaned and began trapping silt to the point where even water couldn't drain through them and the drain was blocked completely.
After a bit of rainfall, water began to pool. The only way it could drain was through a tiny weep hole leading back into the inside of the building shown below. As you could expect, this is not a good sign.
The water seeped inside the building and has flooded the timber floorboards.
This unit was on an upper floor of an apartment complex. The chain effect of dirty drains had now affected three more units, three levels below.
So, check your drains people and clean them regularly to avoid this sort of catastrophic water damage. And if you do need some assistance, call BellMont out for an inspection.
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A Global Pandemic
"Across the world there have been more than 162,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,300 deaths." - Department of Health.
Microscopic illustration of the spreading 2019 corona virus that was discovered in Wuhan, China. The image is an artisic but scientific interpretation, with all relevant surface details of this particular virus in place, including Spike Glycoproteins, Hemagglutinin-esterase, E- and M-Proteins and Envelope.
A health alert from the World Health Organisation has announced that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic. Reported cases in Australia are at approximately 360 with a total of 5 deaths. Although initial numbers steadily increased, it has taken only four days for case total to double.
What COVID-19 Means for the Construction Industry
A large portion of the construction industry relies on trade from China. In the wake of Coronavirus, the products such as joinery, facade materials, and structural steel are becoming harder to attain due to the shutting factories in China. The lack in supply of material is beginning to take a toll on the building supply chain resulting in a trade collapse. Many workers are concerned for their jobs in such an unstable economic climate, especially with high potential of a recession on our hands.
The Government has responded to the COVID-19's economic threat by introducing a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package aimed "to encourage investment and to keep people in jobs." (Australian Government)
In the meantime...
We can all take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. The Department of Health encourages everyone to practice good hygiene as follows;
According to an article posted by the ABC in 2018, the construction industry is “Australia’s third largest employer and the most male dominated.” Many women find it hard to meet the demanding nature of the industry while juggling raising and caring for children. The article discusses three main aspects that keep women from entering and progressing in construction. One, being the long and demanding work hours. Two, sexism which is often unnoticed and hardly acted on. And thirdly, the little to no support to return to work - particularly after parental leave.
“In 2016, men made up 88 per cent of the construction workforce: 99 per cent of construction tradespeople and 86 per cent of construction managers and professionals.”
A study by McKinsley & Company found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 21 per cent more likely to outperform on profitability and 27 per cent more likely to have superior value creation.
How can we help diversify the industry?
There has been more talk of providing evidence of gender equality practices when applying for government tenders. As well as zero tolerance policies for sexism. Unfortunately, the simple outcome of hiring more women do not eradicate the current gender equality issues within the world of construction. More concrete and quantifiable goals and targets are necessary for positive change.
For more talk on Women in Construction make sure you attend the event below.
EVENT: Sydney Build 2020 Expo Women in Construction – 20th March