Building Defect and Timber Pest Defect Examples

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The following defects are extracts from My Inspection Course. There are two versions of each defect statement showing different ways they can be written.

Building Inspection Defect Example

Defect statement version 1

 
The brick foundation wall on the south-eastern corner of the building was seen to be affected by localised cracking and movement. The cracking is consistent with that caused by foundation movement. A further detailed investigation by a competent person, e.g. a licensed building contractor is recommended to determine the method and extent of any remedial work required, and associated costs. The above recommendation should be implemented as soon as possible.
   

Defect statement version 2

 
What is it: The brick foundation wall
Where is it: on the south-eastern corner of the building
What is wrong with it:

was seen to be affected by localised cracking and movement.
The cracking is consistent with that caused by foundation movement.

Recommendation: A further detailed investigation by a competent person e.g. a licensed building contractor is recommended to determine the method and extent of any remedial work required, and associated costs.
Implementation: The above recommendation should be implemented as soon as possible.

 

Timber Pest Inspection Defect Example

Defect statement version 1

 
The untreated timber post to the rear deck was seen to be buried in the ground. Australian Standard AS 3660 requires all posts and stumps which are not termite-resistant to stand on a corrosion resistant metal support with a minimum clearance of 75 mm above the finished ground level. Competent advice (e.g. from a licensed or registered building contractor) should be obtained in regard to rectification work. This recommendation should be implemented by the client as soon as possible.
   

Defect statement version 2

 
What is it: The untreated timber post
Where is it: to the rear deck
What is wrong with it:

was seen to be buried in the ground. Australian Standard AS 3660 requires all posts and stumps which are not termite-resistant to stand on a corrosion resistant metal support with a minimum clearance of 75 mm above the finished ground level.

Recommendation: Competent advice (e.g. from a licensed or registered building contractor) should be obtained in regard to rectification work.
Implementation: This recommendation should be implemented by the client as soon as possible

 

 

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