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Does your safety switch work or are you at risk of electrocution?

Does your safety switch work. You need to know it will work when needed. To do this you need to test it regularly.
 

 
All electrical circuits in newly built homes under the Building Code of Australia require safety switches to be fitted to all circuits supplying power outlets and lighting. Indeed we suggest that you do not […]

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Are your Stove and hot plates Operable and safe?

Would you be expecting to be advised if the stove and hot plates operable and safe when you had a home building inspection on the home you are hoping to buy?
 

Ovens, stoves, hotplates, and indeed any electrical or gas appliance in the home should be regularly serviced by a qualified technician. When you purchase a […]

By |May 11th, 2015|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection|Comments Off on Are your Stove and hot plates Operable and safe?

House Rules – why home buyers need building inspections

TV programs like House Rules can be very entertaining and quite compulsive and addictive viewing.
 

My wife for one see reality shows as compulsory viewing. She loves them. Shows like MKR, Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and of course House Rules.

 

I, on the other hand, avoid watching these shows. In particular the shows centred around house building […]

By |May 9th, 2015|News, PrePurchase Building Inspection, Structure|Comments Off on House Rules – why home buyers need building inspections

Always Test Your Smoke Detector

Legislation to save your life in the event of fire via the use of Smoke Detectors is as much as a government can do. Testing Smoke Detectors regularly is but a small price that only YOU can pay to know they will do as you need them to in an emergency.
 

Detectors should be tested regularly (at […]

By |March 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Always Test Your Smoke Detector

Smoke Detectors-what is required.

The absence of, the incorrect placement of, or the incorrect installation of smoke detectors is one of the more frequent issues we find requiring attention when conducting a  PrePurchase Building or Home Inspection.
 

Legislation in South Australia provides for compulsory installation of smoke detectors in newly built homes. Legislation also provides that smoke detectors are required […]

By |February 21st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Smoke Detectors-what is required.

Development (Assessment) Variation Regulations 2015

On 12 February 2015 the Development (Assessment) Variation Regulations 2015 were made and came into operation.
 

The Development (Assessment) Variation Regulations 2015 seek to clarify and remedy some of the consequences from two recent judgements of the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

The Regulations have two key impacts:

Clarifying that a new application for development authorisation is […]

By |February 20th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Development (Assessment) Variation Regulations 2015

Top 9 Building Defects

The list of the the top 9 building defects found by Don Palmer of Reliable Home Inspections during PrePurchase building inspections are listed below.
 

Before you list such things as major cracking of walls and rising or salt damp as the top issues think again. Many people expect those two issues only to find they don’t exist or […]

By |February 11th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Top 9 Building Defects

What is good gutter installation?

Do you know what is good gutter installation? More to the point does the building industry know about Good Gutter Installation?
Like my observations in my last blog post in respect of incorrect roof sheet installation we often see in our building inspections gutters installed other than as required by the Building Code of Australia and the accompanying Australian […]

By |January 31st, 2015|News|Comments Off on What is good gutter installation?

Which way should corrugated roof sheets be lapped.

I am finding in a significant number of staged construction inspections that the roof sheet is being overlapped inappropriately in that the installer is paying little attention to the wind direction and how it might impact on the completed installation.

Interestingly the relevant Australian Standard, AS 1562.1- Design and installation of sheet roof and wall cladding, […]

By |January 14th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Which way should corrugated roof sheets be lapped.

DEALING WITH EFFLORESCENCE IN CONCRETE OR IN MORTAR

Efflorescence typically occurs when excess salts within the concrete or cement mortar is leached to the surface due to water transfer. It is typically seen as white salt deposits on the surfaces of concrete pavement or mortar between bricks or tiles.

Efflorescence normally occurs within the first year after construction and typically is only an aesthetic concern and does […]

By |January 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on DEALING WITH EFFLORESCENCE IN CONCRETE OR IN MORTAR