One the most deceptive and destructive phenomenon in the construction industry, that happens more often than you would think, is structural sinking or technically known as subsidence. There are a number of reasons that things start to go Titanic in construction, but all of them relate to the way the ground a structure is built on shifts over time. So here is a quick rundown of some of the causes, as well as some advice to minimize its occurrence on your construction projects.
Do your research
Subsidence can occur during construction, when the proper measures to account for how much the kind of soil your building on will shift over time aren't followed. Different kinds of soils will move and settle in different ways. It's important to know exactly what kind of ground you are building on so you can prepare it correctly. If you don’t, over time the ground underneath the building will move in a way this hasn’t been compensated for, ending in another case of sinking.
Subsidence can also occur when the ground that a project is being built upon hasn’t been prepared properly for the construction that will commence on it. In circumstances where construction happens on improperly prepared ground, after a time the soil that the structure sits on, will compact under the weight of the structure and cause the site to shift. Resulting in an unstable construction, cracking and eventual subsidence. Our advice is to make sure that all protocols are being kept to at all stages of the project.
Know where you stand
Another big cause of subsidence is a lack of compensation for how reactive the soil being built on is. Some areas have soil that has a higher concentration of clay, which will expand when wet and contract when dry, which can be an issue in areas prone to drought or floods. Other areas will have a lot of gravel or stony soil which are more susceptible to shifting when nearby sites are excavated or disturbed. So knowing what kind of environment you are building is just as important as knowing what you are building on.
If you're concerned about any subsidence issues that you have, BellMont is able to help you. Feel free to contact us and see what we can do for you.
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.
In our line of work, we tend to deal with a lot of strata, building and property managers. While it may seem that these roles are quite similar and sometimes even overlap, our many years in the industry have helped us to identify the distinct differences between these roles, an insight we would love to share!
A strata manager is a licensed professional who manages and maintains a strata building on behalf of the Owners Corporation. The strata manager handles the business side of things to ensure all tenants are happy and taken care of, this includes the arranging of meetings, repairs and maintenance, as well as the management of the financial affairs. In addition to this, the strata manager will have a direct relationship with their tenants, responding to any issues or complaints they may have and strives to have them resolved in a timely and effective manner.
A building manager is someone who either lives on site or is there most of the time. When it comes to strata, the building manager is in charge of taking care of and maintaining the building. If a defect is identified in the building, the building manager will report it to the strata manager for repair. Once this repair is scheduled, the contractors will contact the building manager for any permissions they may require.
Unlike the previous two roles, a property manager is appointed to a strata building by a real estate agency to represent the owner, landlord, property and its tenants. A property manager can be thought of as a mediator as they handle dealings between the parties within a strata, this may involve managing tenants, collecting rent and organising repair and maintenance where necessary.
One thing all these roles have in common is that they work to maintain a high standard for tenants in the joint housing community, a standard BellMont works to uphold through our many services.
If you are within the strata sector and think you may require our services for the repair or maintenance of one of your buildings, remember, our help is only a click away…