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Structural Foundation Issues: What Are They and How They Can be Resolved Like your own general health, the best way to protect your building is to undertake routine checkups and maintenace. This allows you to notice when things start to look different and quickly identify issues which may need attention. We've put together a guide to help you notice key signs and what to do about them. 

This entry was posted in Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Fire Upgrades for Building Code Compliance If you're issued with a Fire upgrade order, or are just looking to update your building so it is in line with the code, there are a number of considerations you need to be aware of. In this piece we discuss what they are and what you need to be aware of. 

This entry was posted in Commercial, Fire upgrades, Residential, Strata

A Guide to Appointing the right Structural Repair Specialist In the situation that you do need to hire a structural repair specialist, it is important that you find the right one, but knowing what to look for – for something you have little experience with – in a contractor can be somewhat overwhelming. To help make life that little bit easier, we have put together a cheat-sheet on hiring a structural repair specialist.
 

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair, Tips

Boosting the Value of Apartment and Office Buildings with Fa├žade Upgrades First impressions count. When people are looking for an apartment to live in or an office space to buy or rent, they will look for buildings with attractive, safe-looking modern facades first.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Facade upgrades, Strata, Structural repair

Reporting and Repairing of Structural Damage in Strata Buildings A recent national survey on strata-titled property – conducted by Queensland’s Griffith University and reported on Domain shows that building defects (physical problems found in the infrastructure or outer finish of a building) are the number one issue facing apartment owners in 2015.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

Certified Fire Doors Can Save Lives

The issue of fire safety is one which is very close to our hearts at Remedial Building Services. The opportunity to do our part, by giving building occupants the best chance of survival, is all the incentive we need really.

This entry was posted in Commercial, Fire upgrades, Strata, Tips

Buyer Beware - The Pitfalls of Properties with Structural Issues

Things to be aware of when buying a new house or unit

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

There is a saying along the lines of “A man (or woman’s) home is their castle”. I have no idea where the saying originated, but I think many of us can relate just the same. Home is where we feel safe, where everything is in order and where everything just feels right. Whilst we may enjoy this truth on the inside, sadly outside is not always the same. In some instances it is gardening duty and in others, building repair. Sadly, in many instances, Mother Nature works to conspire against dreams of our house being a castle, causing buildings to suffer from the effects of the environment (too often this is combined with poor quality construction methods).

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

Treat Concrete Cancer When it Becomes Apparent

I was reminded this week of the need to fix structural issues as they become apparent and to not delay maintenance. I was discussing the importance with a potential client who believed that fixing concrete cancer was as simple as removing the drummy concrete and rendering over the exposed area. I explained to them that this was a myopic view and one which would cost them more money in the short and medium term. They didn't want to agree, arguing that no immediate action was necessary to rectify the underlying issues I had explained. When they said this, I was reminded of the old expression which I will paraphrase here to make my point:

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair

I was recently reading an article posted in the Sydney Morning Herald (“No end in sight to waiting game on Bunn Street”) about an apartment complex in Pyrmont Sydney with chronic structural issues and fire safety non-compliance.  Due to these issues, residents had been forced to move out of the building in 2009 until such time the identified issues were rectified. Sadly, the residents are still not back at home in their apartments; instead, they are being housed at a cost of $90,000 a month, in Zetland.
This is just mind boggling. Not only is the cost of housing the residents elsewhere an unnecessary drain on the coffers of the NSW Government, but it is a gross imposition on the residents themselves who have been moved across town from the waterside suburb of Pyrmont to Zetland, a suburb in close proximity to the airport. 

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Home warranty insurance, Strata, Structural repair

For some time there has been debate over the alternative solutions to concrete and structural repair issues. Some argue that treating the visible signs and monitoring them closely is a solution, whilst others put forward the thought that rapid response will ultimately lower the long term costs to the owner.

This entry was posted in Concrete cancer, Strata, Structural repair