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Building & Pest Inspection – Common Defects 1 – Downpipes

No 1 – Downpipes Discharging Near Footings

Downpipes Discharging Near Footings is the first in a series of common defects that ABIS finds during Building and pest Inspections.

Down pipe discharging near footing

If rain water is allowed to accumulate in the soil surrounding the base of exterior walls and the slab or footings on which they are founded, two future problems are likely to develop.

1. From a Building Inspection point of view: If the foundation soils remain wet and are not allowed to fully dry out and number of geotechnical issues can develop over time which can lead to movement of the foundations and structural damage in the form of cracking and movement.

2. From a Timber Pest Inspection point of view: If the area surrounding the base of external walls remains we after rain a condition conducive to termite activity and fungal decay is created.

Downpipes from eves gutters and other rainwater goods and drainage should be directed from the base of exterior walls and subfloor areas. Downpipes should be connected to a storm water drain or directed away from the base of walls. The ground and/or paving should slope away from the building.


ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

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