Everyone has experienced a surface inside or outside their building rusting at least once, it’s an effect of time and conditions. In most instances, this rust appears red. However, this is not always the case, with rust appearing in different colours for various reasons. The most common rust colours are red, yellow, brown and black, which all indicate an issue with either the surface itself or its contact with the surrounding environment. Read on to find out more!
Red rust is a result of exposure to elements such as air and water. Unlike other rusts there are no visible rust runs or streaks as the affected area is usually affected as a whole by atmospheric conditions. Like black rust, this form of corrosion is formed when combined with salt.
Yellow rust usually appears in places of high moisture content where the affected area has been highly exposed to water over a period of time and has corroded as a result. The yellow rust stain usually appears to run or drip.
Unlike yellow rust, brown rust is a drier and crustier rust, formed as a result from contact with water and oxygen. It is similar to red rust, however, brown rust appears in patches rather than affecting an entire surface.
Black rust usually forms in a low oxygen environment. The black stains help to indicate where the issues are. For the example areas where the rust is, indicate a lack of oxygen. Black rust, like red rust can form as a result of contact with salt which causes corrosion.
Buildings are amazing structures, but sometimes even they crack under pressure…literally. While not all cracks require repairs they are definitely not an issue to crack up about as they can lead to serious structural issues if left untreated. Luckily, we are here to help with everything you needed to know about cracking.
Cracks are signs of release for a structure with built up stresses that assist contractors and engineers to identify the areas of weakness for the structure, so they know where to begin their rectification work.
While circumstances such as age and environment do affect how often a building should be inspected, we recommend that strata managers have their buildings inspected at least once every five years to ensure that they are in a sound and liveable condition.
Age plays a huge part in determining how often a strata building should be inspected. Both newly built and older buildings should be assessed regularly. Newer buildings should be inspected regularly to ensure that any defects identified can be rectified as early on as possible and similarly older buildings, which are prone to longer term deterioration issues should be inspected regularly to ensure that material failures do not result in the creation of hazardous environments. Early detection of any condition affecting the structure or amenity of the building is developing, allows an engineer to assess and recommend measures to rectify and conserve the building element.
Heritage buildings are of particular interest with regard to regular assessments and Bellmont are highly skilled in this field having worked on some of Sydney’s most prestigious Heritage structures.
If you are a manager or owner who wishes to have your building inspected by a professional, the team at BellMont would be more than happy to assist! You can get in contact with us below.
The rapid evolution of Sydney’s residential market has resulted in increased competition for developers, builders and insurers. In many instances, the speed of construction affects the profitability and viability of a project. It is the difference between a project proceeding professional and profitably or proceeding on the basis of savings being required during the construction period to make the project profitable.
As a result of the declining standard of construction, the Home Owners Warranty (H.O.W) Insurance initiative was introduced – to safe guard Home Owners against defective construction. This initiative has now been in place for over 15 years and continues to provide a safety net wherever possible to Home Owners.
Profitable projects allow for workmanship to be adequately supervised, whilst those projects where profitability is questionable inevitably result in lower levels of supervision and higher levels of defective work.
Bellmont, offer a team of experts capable of establishing the presence of building defects and providing expert reports on such issues. Our strength in Engineering Design, Project Management and Building Consultancy fields allow for the preparation of concise, professional reports identifying defects which are attributable to the Builder and therefore are considered to be subject to warranty.
Similarly, not all defects are attributable to the Builder and our experience with materials allows Bellmont to identify those issues which are related to maintenance and therefore deemed to be the Owners responsibility.
Bellmont have recently been involved in a series of Home Owners Warranty Claims which have successfully delivered reimbursements to the Owners ranging from $150,000 – $3,000,000.
These projects have involved rectification to internal wet areas, external roof decks, waterproofing and tiling, cavity flashing, façade painting, structural and roof repairs.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any queries on similar issues.