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…
This month has kicked off with some wild weather. Intense rainfall has sent the state of New South Wales into havoc. In fact, it was the wettest weekend Sydney has seen since 1998.
After months of devastating fires, you would expect reprieve in the wake of waters presence. However, the capacity of water seems to be doing more damage than good. And conditions are getting out of hand.
"Evacuation warnings have been issued by the SES as emergency services beg people to stay off the road and work from home", news.com.au.
As water is gushing down roads, we hope that you are keeping safe - and dry! And, if you're not dry in the safety of your own home, then that's where BellMont can help. If you're experiencing leaks or flooding, it's likely that there's a failure in your membrane barrier. Check out our waterproofing services here and call us out for an inspection today.
Read some of our waterproofing case studies here.
Bellmont to the rescue! The brick balustrades of this six unit apartment in Manly were a heavy burden to the concrete slab of the balcony.
Project: Bellmont Façade Engineering assessed the condition of the balcony slabs of 3 levels of residential units. There separation between the masonry balustrades at the ends of the balconies and the building which we believed to be caused by excessive deflection and rotation of the cantilevering concrete slab balcony. The rotation is more pronounced due to the cracking in the slab.
Additionally the cracking within the slab indicates a localised rotation that has contributed to the separation. This cracking provides a water ingress point to access the steel reinforcement in the slab. The top reinforcement is the critical strength reinforcement for cantilevering slabs and the condition of the reinforcement needs to be verified, however the cracking evident is an obvious precursor to reinforcement corrosion.
The movement of the metal balustrade indicates a loss of connection strength of the middle post. It is our opinion that the metal balustrade requires being replaced due to non-compliant strength and also height.
Recommendation: Replace brick balustrades with lighter aluminium balustrades to significantly reduce the loading on the concrete slab.
Status: WORK IN PROGRESS. The front of the building’s three balconies have been complete. Left to do are the three balconies to the rear of the building.
One of the most common building defects that our engineers come across day-to-day, are related to a lack of, or failure of waterproof membranes. You may be wondering, what exactly is a waterproof membrane and how do they help?
Well, as you may have thought, a waterproof membrane is something that is applied across the surface of the structure to prevent or lessen the effects that water may have on it. Why is it important to have an appropriate membrane though? The reasons are many, but the short answer is that water often leads to many difficult and expensive to fix problems within structures. Anything from the corrosion to the steel reinforcement in concrete, erosion, swelling of timber, to the delamination of materials and efflorescence.
One of the most common surfaces that these are applied to is concrete. Unlike what you may be thinking however, it is not only applied to areas that are at obvious risk of being affected by water, such as bathrooms and kitchens, but is usually applied universally. Other areas that are at particular risk include rooftops, balconies and basement areas.
There are a few different kinds of membranes, and its important to make sure that you apply the right one for the right job. Types of membranes, along with their general use include:
If you are experiencing any leaking water, or an accumulation of efflorescence, get in touch with us today so we can help you build a better solution.