They say that if a bird poops on you, it’s good luck. But, what if birds poop on you over and over again? For years on end? Surely you’d be the luckiest person in the world.
This property in Homebush West has unknowingly been the shelter to a plethora of pigeons who have left a generous pile of poop all throughout the roof. The bird excrements carpet the roof void in a thick layer, even falling down into the building cavity.
Unfortunately, what was a small structural defect revealed this much bigger and more expensive problem. It would seem that this place has just about run out of luck.
BellMont consulted a Pigeon Hygienist who indicated that this case of pigeon poop is one of the worst he’s ever seen and that the problem is very serious as it poses a major health issue for the residents and workers.
According to SA Health Potential health risks and examples of damage include:
The next step is to suck out all the… bits and clean out the cavities and roof void. Then, the building will be treated with much needed disinfectant. The hard part about this procedure is in the nature of pigeons. Pigeons breed all throughout the year and don’t tend to migrate far from their birthplace. So, their home usually stays their home unless monitored correctly.
In hopes to deter pigeons from re-entering this rooftop, some measure that will be taken include the repair of holes in roof and the installation of bird spikes.
The next time you see a pigeon hanging about your home, make sure you scare them off. Otherwise, you could be the ones left with an incredibly sh*tty problem…
When it comes to buildings that have been damaged by water, there are three methods of repair an engineering consultant can use, these are either a membrane, cavity flashing or damp proof course. Not sure what any of these are? Read on to find out!
A waterproofing membrane is a thin layer of watertight material that is laid, injected into or sprayed onto a surface to prevent water from passing through. There are three different types of membranes that can be used, these are sheet, liquid and injectable, which all achieve the same outcome but through different applications.
This type of waterproofing method involves a continuous sheet of waterproofing material that is installed across the gap of a cavity wall. Cavity flashings run along the length of a wall, diverting water out through weep holes, thus keeping the structural integrity of the building intact.
Damp Proof Courses:
And finally, Damp Proof Courses. DPCS are a layer of waterproof material in the wall of a building near the ground, to prevent rising damp. DPCS help to prevent excess moisture entering the building which in turn prevents serious structural damage and issue such as wet rot, dry rot, timber decay, rising damp and black mould.
And that’s it for solutions to waterproofing issues within your building. So now if an engineer comes to inspect your building in response to water damage within your building you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about!