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Defective Plumbing & Defective Roof Plumbing & Flashings

Broken Roof Tile Picture

Roofs may fail to be waterproofed for several reasons:

  • Poor design and installation of roof cladding

  • Lack of regular maintenance e.g. failure to clean out gutters, to unblock downpipes or repair broken tiles

  • Failure of materials or inappropriate use of dissimilar metals. All materials have a limited lifespan and decay at varying rates evident in fatigue cracks in lead flashings and corrosion underlaps of old corrugated iron roofing

Specific sources of moisture from faulty roof plumbing and flashings:

Valley gutters, parapets gutters and eaves gutters due to:

  • Rusting and corrosion at joints
  • Inadequate freeboard under roof coverings
  • Failure of flashings
  • Ponding and inadequate gradient
  • Blockages
  • Lack of adequate downpipes and sumps

Parapet and chimney flashings due to:

  • Water penetration through the top of parapets or chimneys
  • Failure of chimney tray flashings and damp proof courses
  • Failure of edge and counter flashings

Downpipes and sumps due to:

  • Blockages
  • Unnecessary bends
  • Inadequate fall
  • Poor fixing and design
  • Inadequate dimensions

Opening flashings:

Where flashings or weep holes are missing under sills or around openings, moisture may penetrate if in an exposed position. Timber sills begin to decay and the mortar around the window and door frames works loose, allowing water to enter the sides.

Clogged Gutter 2 Picture      Leaking Gutter 2 Picture

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.

And all this for an incredible low price.

Service Areas

Area Map The Peninsula Moreton Bay Area East Brisbane Redland Bay Area Gold Coast Ipswich Brisbane West Brisbane Northside Brisbane Southside Logan City

ABIS The 1st Choice in Building & Pest Inspections