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…
Recent news saw a scaffold at a High School in Sydney collapse, injuring nine students. Luckily, the injuries were not life-threatening. This kind of safety concern has the capacity to take a much more menacing turn. That is why scaffolding safety is incredibly important, regardless of location and context.
In BellMont’s case, we enter the world of construction, where scaffolds are trusted to aid the undertaking of construction work. They allow construction workers to reach considerable heights and to walk on a firm, stable platform. Scaffolds can be quite versatile in size and width. Regardless of build, it’s essential that all scaffolds adhere to any WHS regulations. For more info on scaffolding safety, click here.
In the off chance that a scaffold won’t fit in a tricky space, rope access is a great and affordable alternative. The benefit of inspecting via rope access is that you avoid the costs associated with council permits and approvals for scaffolds as well as reducing assembly and dismantling time. BellMont offer both and will tailor your investigation to fit your exact needs.
Check out BellMont's rope access services here.
A blog by RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC says:
"A problem we encounter all too often is a board operating in a reactive as opposed to proactive mode. If you don’t know the condition and the life expectancy of your building’s systems, you’re just going to be chasing crises as they occur. More crises means higher costs, higher stress, and lower quality on every project you undertake."
And we could not agree more. In this article, the building being expected isn't in too much strife but the property managers are wise enough to think ahead of the game and save them lots of heartache down the tracks.
Project: Bellmont Facade Engineering inspected the facade condition of a unit building in Ashfield.
The façade is generally in structurally adequate condition with a relatively small number of large concrete spalls evident in the slab edges of the balconies. Some minor “reinforcing bar ends” have corroded, and these will require repair also, but these are not considered to be a structural concern as yet.
The extent of corrosion is generally considered to be quite small and it is therefore our recommendation that early intervention and repair would provide maximum benefit to the owners.
- Concrete repairs to corroding steel reinforcement
- Render repairs
- Painting of slabs edges, balustrades and balcony soffits
- Replacement of spitter pipes with larger ones to allow easier drainage with less blockage
This issues of concrete spalling, corrosion, render/paint delamination and drainage/guttering works have been rectified.
As a result of being proactive, they have avoided even bigger issues and costs for the future. Be smart like them, call BellMont today to book an inspection (02) 9518 0775.
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.