Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

You have finally found your dream home and want to move in straight away, but there’s a problem. Any kind of damage can be cause for some alarm, but why is water damage a red flag when buying a home?

For Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, finding water damage in a property is a big part of why we stress the importance of undertaking a pre-purchase building and pest inspection.

While it’s not a fun job telling clients we found damage, we take pride in doing our job to the best of our ability to keep you informed before you make your biggest investment

For further information or to book an inspection, please call us on 07 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What Are The Dangers of Water Damage in a Home?

Aside from causing cosmetic damage, the problems with water damage in a home can go much deeper:

  • Water can easily be absorbed by the foundations of the home putting the entire structure at risk.
  • Movement on the structure brought about by an inundated foundation can create cracks on the walls that weaken the integrity.
  • If flood prone, then erosion is a risk.
  • If the drainage system is poorly-designed, there is a chance for sinkholes to develop and plants and landscaping to be destroyed.
  • Health risks – Water can contain toxins, bacteria and chemicals which can be harmful to humans plus, these areas of the home are likely to attract bugs and rodents that can have further health impacts to the homeowners and their family.

How Does a Building Inspection Find Water Damage?

While uncovering water damage is not ideal, it’s important to know as much as you can before purchasing a property. Undertaking an inspection is the best form of reassurance.

  • Sometimes the damage is not easily visible because it’s inside or behind the walls. Examples of this are leaks in the pipelines, electrical wirings, wood framings and furnishings.
  • We use a thermal imaging camera and moisture detection equipment as part of our inspections.
  • A trained eye can also spot swelling of timber and painted areas affected by water damage.

Why is Water Damage a Red Flag When Buying a Home?

Don’t uncover water damage the hard way, make sure you get a building and pest inspection done first. Call BPI Sunshine Coast North to book yours in today on 07 5456 2210 or send an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Minor Issues a Building and Pest Inspection Can Find That Can Cost You Thousands

Everyone knows you should get a building and pest inspection before you purchase a home to find any big problems such as moisture damage, termites or foundation issues.

But there are lots of minor issues a building and pest inspection can find that can cost you thousands.

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, we have found some common issues over our 40 years’ experience that will help you understand where the costs could be for your new home..

1. Movement in footpaths and concrete

Movement in concrete could be a risk as minor as a tripping hazard, or even as severe as an indication that movement may become more prominent in the future. This could  lead to major building works such as underpinning.

2. Fence damage

Worn out and damaged fences are easy to overlook and often can be hidden by plants and other vegetation. But, replacing a fence can be a real hassle, especially when you need to coordinate with neighbours. Fence repairs of rebuilds aren’t cheap and can cost thousands of dollars.

3. Rusting gutters or roof panels

It’s not something that can be spotted from the ground, but rust on roofs and in gutters can cause real issues if left untreated. If the damage is only minor, you might be able to salvage it with a quick application of kill rust. But in some cases, the rust may be too severe and entire gutters could require replacing.

4. Seals and grout

In showers, downpipes, around sinks and in between tiles, relying on your building and pest inspector to spot these issues could save you a lot of heartache and money. Replacing seals and grout can be a DIY job at times but, if it’s not spotted early, much more intensive repairs may be required.  

5. Minor repairs

Cracks in light fittings, damage to plasterboard or the ceiling and stiff windows and doors are all things that you might not notice during an inspection, but we do. Whether the fix is a bit of plaster and painting or a bit of WD-40, these minor repairs can really eat into your wallet.

Minor Issues a Building and Pest Inspection Can Find That Can Cost You Thousands

There are a lot of potential issues you might overlook, not think to check, or simply don’t see when you’re viewing your potential new home with rose coloured glasses.

If you want a comprehensive inspection done on your house completed by the experts, call Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Things a Building and Pest Inspector Can’t Check

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast we are as thorough as possible, but there are some things a building and pest inspector can’t check.

Whether it’s that we aren’t qualified to inspect the area properly, or access to the area simply isn’t available, our comprehensive reports will still take you through everything you need to know before purchasing a property.

If you’d like to book in for an inspection or would like more information about what we do inspect, call us on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

Electrical installation

All electrical wiring, meter box and appliances need to be checked by a qualified electrician.

We always recommend consulting a licensed electrician if you need further advice about anything electrical in a property.

Plumbing

Plumbing requires a different set of skills and training to building and pest inspections, so all plumbing needs to be inspected and reported on by a qualified plumber.

If you have concerns about the plumbing at a property it is recommended that a licensed plumber be contacted for further advice.

Air-conditioning units

Air conditioners fall under electrical items, and as such are something we cannot check. They also perform differently depending on weather conditions, so an issue may not be obvious every time it’s in operation.

We recommend all air-conditioning units  be serviced annually and air filters cleaned on a regular basis as per the manufacturers’ specifications.

Chimneys

If a property has a chimney, the flashings and brick deterioration, mortar erosion and lack of support may not be visible due to height restrictions.

All fire boxes or fireplaces need to be burning fuel to test if the units work correctly. This test is outside the scope of an inspection and it is recommended that if a property has these components, that they are fully tested and inspected before purchase.

Hot water units

While we are not plumbers, we do include a visual report of the condition of the hot water unit and will recommend that a licensed plumber should be consulted for further advice if it’s required.

We cannot test pressure relief valves on freestanding hot water units as this valve may break, seize or leak due to lack of testing over a period of time.

Swimming pools and pool fencing

The owner/seller of a home is required to provide you with a pool safety certificate at the time of sale. This can only be issued by a licensed pool safety inspector. If the pool does not have a pool safety certificate before entering into contract, the seller must give the buyer a form 36 – notice of no pool safety certificate.

Obstructed areas

If an area such as a roof space cavity, the back of wardrobes and cupboards or the crawl space under a house is not accessible, or obstructed, then we can’t inspect it.

Things a Building and Pest Inspector Can’t Check

Although we provide a complete and thorough inspection of your property, there are some areas which we are not qualified to assess. We can however provide recommendations for the best people to use for the job.

If you’d like more information about what we can check and find at our building and pest inspections, then call at Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North on 07 5456 2210 or enquire online here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Building and Pest Inspection Nambour

If you’re looking to buy a property in Nambour, one of the first things you should do is book a building and pest inspection.

The team at Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Cost North offer combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for Nambour and across the Sunshine Coast North area.

We cover every aspect of the property, both inside and out and will provide you with a detailed report and photos within 24 hours of the inspection

If you want to know more about we do, please call us on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What can be found at a building and pest inspection

With more than 30 years’ experience in the building industry and using the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters – we are able to determine if a home is experiencing any kind of problems or damage, giving you all the information you require to decide whether you go ahead with a purchase or not.

A building and pest inspection can uncover the following issues:

  • Evidence of termite damage/infestation
  • Moisture indicating possible water damage or leaks
  • Poor building work – structural issues

One big thing we look for is rust to flexi hoses under sinks and vanity basins. Behind toilets should also be checked for signs of rust as these hoses can burst and flood your house causing a huge amount of water damage to floor coverings, furniture and appliances.

After an inspection of a townhouse in Mount Coolum, we foundmoisture to a wall that was not obvious to the eye but picked up with the Thermal Imaging Camera. See the photos below.

This also led to finding termite damage to the entire wall frame. It was only evident from uncovering the insulation in the roof void to find the top plate damaged by a termite attack.

Client Testimonial Building and Pest Inspection

We appreciate our clients letting us know about our work and we love hearing their feedback, like this one from Catrin:

“Thank you Trevor from BPI Building and Pest Inspections for taking the time and providing such a prompt and thorough inspection. I appreciate your explanations, friendly service and assistance with the purchase of my fist home. When comparing quotes from 3 different Building/Pest Inspection Service providers I found yours to be the most competitive, however I found your services to be of highest quality. Thank you very much for all of your help. I’m very happy in my new home!” 

Catrin M

Why choose BPI Sunshine Coast North?

  • We use the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters.
  • We have over 30 years of experience in the industry.
  • You are more than welcome to attend the inspection and we will answer any questions you may have along the way.
  • We offer a personal, prompt and professional service with a fair and honest evaluation of your inspection.

Following each inspection we will provide you with a computer-generated report with photos detailing the condition of the property and identifying any issues. We inspect all accessible parts of the property internally and externally.

Building & Pest Inspection Nambour

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time or the fifth time in Nambour, make sure you organise your building and pest inspection. Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

What can a Building and Pest Inspection find?

Purchasing a property is an exciting time in your life but the one question you might be thinking about is, what can a building and pest inspection find?

Our job at Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North is to reassure you that completing a building and pest inspection is the best decision you can make when buying a house that could potentially save you thousands of dollars

With over 30 years of experience, we provide combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for properties across the Sunshine Coast North area, so you are in good hands.

Don’t hesitate and make a booking today. Please call us on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

What can be found from a Building and Pest Inspection?

A building and pest inspection is recommended to seek out any structural, conditional, design and building defects or problems in both the interior and exterior of a property.

Some examples of previous issues we have come across include:

  • Rusted pipework – which can indicate the risk of water damage.
  • Termite damage – putting you at risk of finding serious structural damage in the form of unsafe decks and skirting board damage.
  • Poor building work or repairs – chocked up stumps.
  • Safety hazards – Cases where stairs are not built to Australian Standards or smoke alarms not working or located where they should be.

How an inspection can save you time/money

While the inspection is a small cost in itself (although it might feel big at the time), it is an investment which could potentially be beneficial to you long-termit any issues are uncovered.

  • If something is found after the house sale and while you are living in the property, it could cost thousands to repair problems.
  • Finding the issue beforehand means you can prevent it and repair it, not clean up after it and rebuild it.
  • You can also potentially negotiate a lower sale price to factor in the cost of any necessary repairs.  

Why Choose BPI Sunshine Coast North?

  • We provide our clients with comprehensive inspections in accordance with Australian standards
  • You are more than welcome to attend the inspection and we will answer any questions you may have along the way.
  • We use the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters.We offer a personal, prompt and professional service with a fair and honest evaluation of your inspection. You will get a building inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.

What can a Building and Pest Inspection find?

Before you sign the dotted line, make sure you have a professional building and pest inspector review the property.

Book your building and pest inspection with BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Why you need a Building and Pest Inspection

If you’re in the process of purchasing a property, you have come to the right place to find out why you need a building and pest inspection.

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, our speciality is providing combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for properties across the Sunshine Coast North area.

We have more than 30 years of experience in the Queensland building industry and we use the latest technology to seek out any structural problems or damage to the property.

For further information or to make a booking, please call us on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

Why you need a Building & Pest Inspection

The most important reason for undertaking a building and pest inspection is for your own peace of mind. And, while many might worry about the cost of the inspection itself, it could potentially save you in the long run if any issues are detected.

  • A building and pest inspection can find structural, conditional, design and building defects or problems in both the interior and exterior of a property.
  • Identifying issues before you purchase a property could save you thousands later on if these problems are left unchecked.
  • You can also potentially negotiate for a lower purchase price to fix the issues.

What can be found at a Building & Pest Inspection

While the ultimate result would be to find no problems during an inspection,we do often find the following issues:

  • Termite damage/infestation
  • Moisture whichcan indicate water damage or leaks
  • Poor building work

We don’t want to hold up the purchase proceedings so after each inspection BPI Sunshine Coast North will complete an in-depth report with photos which is emailed to you within 24 hours.

Why Choose BPI Sunshine Coast North?

  • We provide our clients with thorough inspections.
  • We combine over 30 years of knowledge and experience with the latest technology – Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters.
  • You receive detailed reports (with colour photos) emailed within 24 hours.

Book your Building & Pest Inspection today!

Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210, or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Sunshine Coast

If you’re looking for a thorough pre-purchase building inspection Sunshine Coast, Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North is here to give you our expert advice.

We specialise in providing combined pre-purchase building and pest reports for those looking to buy or invest in a new home or building.

And because we use the latest technology, you can be sure we’ll cover every aspect of the property to provide you with a detailed report of anything we may find.

For further information, please call us on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

Case Study – Water Damage and Wood Rot

Quite often we come across properties which feature damage that you can’t always see without taking further action. This is why we stress the importance of a pre-purchase building inspection when buying!

Here is an example (see photos) of what happens when shower floor to wall junctions are not sealed and maintained. Extensive water damage can occur, resulting in the floor requiring replacement. This has the potential to become a very expensive repair as the shower has to be removed, which could result in a full bathroom makeover as it may not be possible to match the tiles to the rest of the bathroom.

This house in Noosa has water ingress to the flooring under both bathrooms. Moisture from the bathroom has created water damage and wood rot to the wall in the adjacent room. Wood rot to the skirting is evident which in addition, could result in wood rot to the wall framing in concealed areas.

Equipment such as the Thermal Imaging Camera and Moisture Meters pick up the water ingress under the tiles. Further investigation to the subfloor reveals the extensive wood rot to the flooring beneath.

Why Choose Us?

  • Experience – Trevor has worked in the building industry in Queensland for over 30 years.
  • Service – We offer professional and prompt service, providing you with a fair and honest evaluation of your inspection. We also make it personal and welcome you to attend the inspection if you wish.
  • Up-to-date technology – We use the latest technology with Thermal Imaging Cameras and Moisture Meters to detect damage or water under tiles and within walls.
  • Quick Response – We send (via email) an easy to read report with colour photos within 24 hours of your inspection.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Sunshine Coast

Make sure you lock in that pre-purchase building inspection with Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North today!

Call us on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Methamphetamine Inspection Sunshine Coast

If you suspect a property might have methamphetamine residue present, it’s best to take every precaution with a methamphetamine inspection Sunshine Coast, by Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North.

While not a regular occurrence, a methamphetamine inspection may be necessary to determine if a property has been used as a drug lab or if the drug has been excessively used within the property.

To find out if you require a methamphetamine inspection, contact us today on (07) 5456 2210 or submit an online enquiry here.

Methamphetamine Inspection – what you need to know

You may not be aware of what to look out for if you suspect drugs have been made or used in the property you are looking at. We advise that if you suspect drug residue may be present in a property is to conduct an inspection with a licenced inspector.

The signs

  • Methamphetamine residue forms as a crystal on walls, window sills, floors and other surfaces with in the residence.
  • This does not only occur when the home has been used as a meth lab, but also from smoking the drugs within the premises.
  • Signs of past use of methamphetamines in a dwelling are odours similar to cat urine, damage to walls and doors, stains to floors.

The impact

  • The symptoms of illnesses caused by exposure to the residue is sleeplessness, moodiness, itchy skin, difficult breathing, speediness etc.
  • Young children and pets are most vulnerable to contamination as they usually are in contact with wall and floors whilst playing.

What can be done

  • Having a dwelling tested for residue is advisable if any of the above signs are noticed in a newly purchased or leased property.
  • Methamphetamine residue is water soluble and can usually be removed with sugar soap and water.

Methamphetamine Inspection Sunshine Coast

To make sure your potential property, or maybe a rental property, is free from methamphetamine residue, get in touch with us today.

Organise an inspection with BPI Sunshine Coast North on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Building and Pest Inspection Sunshine Coast

The best way to find out if you’re potential new property has any issues lurking is with a Building and Pest Inspection Sunshine Coast. Avoid termite damage, wood rot or other hidden expenses that you may be up for, with one of our comprehensive inspections.  

At Building and Pest Inspections Sunshine Coast North, we specialise in providing combined pre-purchase building and pest reports using the latest technology to detect any issues.

We highly recommend you undertake a building and pest inspection as part of the conditions of buying a property and are more than happy to walk you through this process.

You can find out more by calling us on (07) 5456 2210 or submit an online enquiry here.

Case Study – Inspection Results

For every inspection we conduct, we take many photos, all of which are sent through with your report within 24 hours of your inspection. Here we discuss some damage we found within a property on a recent inspection.

  • The first photo may look okay to the untrained eye, but when the inspector clears away the soil he finds extensive damage to the timbers below the soil and the start of a mud trail up the vertical timbers.
  • The second photo shows extensive damage to the framework concealed below soil.
  • The third photo shows termite damage to the floor framing above the wall structure.

These signs are very obvious to a Building and Pest Inspector however they would be easily missed by a purchaser during their inspection of the premises.

Advice on How to Lookout for Termite Activity

When timbers and weepholes are concealed in soil, vegetation, woodchip and stored goods, they allow access for termites to enter the frame work of their home.

Keeping the perimeter of your home clear from gardens etc. allows you to see the termites building their mud tubes to gain access to the dark damp areas they like to inhabit. Termites can cause a large volume of damage to the framework and cause the structure to become unsafe and very expensive to repair.

A Building and Pest Inspector will look for signs of entry to concealed areas and point out areas that require rectification. The inspector can also advise you of the best methods of keeping your dwelling free of the conditions that are inviting for termites.

Building and Pest Inspection Sunshine Coast

A building and pest inspection is the best way to know whether the property you’re looking to purchase has any issues or not.
Book your inspection with BPI Sunshine Coast North today on (07) 5456 2210 or send us an online enquiry here.

If you are looking for someone reliable, trustworthy and thorough to conduct your next Building & Pest Inspection – Call BPI Sunshine Coast North today!

BPI Sunshine Coast North service many areas on the Sunshine Coast from Nambour to Noosa, Gympie and more for pest & building inspections, methamphetamine testing, tax depreciation reports and more.

If you have questions or concerns about your home, do not hesitate to contact Building and Pest Inspections Nambour on 07 5456 2210 or sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au for your next inspection.

Termite damage found in home during Building and Pest Inspection

Building & Pest Inspection found timber beams affected by termite damage. The timber beams crumbled in the hands of the inspector when touched.

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other building matter, you can call Trevor at BPI Building and Pest Inspections on (07) 5456 2210 visit http://buildingandpestinspectionnambour.com.au or email us on sunshinecoastnorth@bpic.com.au