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Several factors predetermine the risk of concrete cancer, including proximity to the coastline and a built-up environment; the degree of concrete cover to steel reinforcing; the presence of differential metals; the quality and density of coating systems; inadequate waterproofing; building defects cracking; joint and penetration...

While most types of cracks do not affect the structural stability or durability, a crack’s status identification is critically important. Identifying what type of crack it is and how it occurred, will help determine what repairs are required – if any....

Lift pits are like mini basements because they are almost always below ground. They are vulnerable to rising water table level, which usually occurs during the wet season. Interestingly, the water table level can be altered by adjacent construction, so a lift pit that used to be...

Once water enters a crack, it is usually only a matter of time before the water leads to oxidization of the rebar/reinforcing steel. Concrete steps can crack and break up over time. Thermal changes and exposure to rain and driving wind can lead to water...

Water leaking into the basement after heavy rain is a common occurrence. Water always finds a way, so basement waterproofing and adequate drainage are especially needed in cases where groundwater is likely to build up in the soil and cause a rise in the water...

For a flat roof to function properly and not leak, the surface water needs to be discharged quickly without ponding or stagnation. Water ponding on a flat roof is one of the main causes of waterproofing membrane deterioration because most membranes such as acrylic membranes...

Condensation on walls in winter - why it happens and how to fix it   Condensation problems within a building are usually indicative of humidity and ventilation problems within a property. It is often believed to be caused by building defect, but that is usually not the...

Wall-floor joints in infill slabs often act as leakage points. There is a general perception that brick and tile houses are safe from termites. The fact is that a large number of brick houses in Queensland have timber wall and roof framing. When termites (white...