Tell tale signs of leakage problems include unexplained water or dampness, swelling of fibreboard skirting, damp or rotting carpets, unexplained mould growth or staining.

Only a proper inspection will confirm if your home is a leaky building

If you have concerns about leaks or moisture in your home, and are worried you might have a leaky home:

  1. Take a note of the leak, where and when you first noticed it. Keep records of where and when you first noticed it and/or the damage it caused.
  2. If you have a camera, take photographs.
  3. Get a second opinion from a trusted friend or building professional such as Platinum Pacific Reclad.

If extensive areas of moisture are found, or if the results do not appear to be consistent, further investigation will need to be made with a pronged moisture meter through small holes drilled in the walls. This tests the moisture levels in the timber itself.

If there are signs of moisture in several areas, even further investigation by removing wall linings may be required. This is often the only reliable means of discovering the full extent of water entry.

It is also important to determine if the timber framing has been treated, as this will determine the extent of structural damage.

Thermal imaging technology is a non-invasive moisture meter. It uses infrared cameras to detect moisture intrusion.

Thermal imaging of damp area
Thermal images showing damp areas.

The camera captures images that immediately show damp areas by detecting variations in thermal energy (ie temperature). Areas that are cool and damp will appear dark.

These images are used to pinpoint problem areas and determine the extent of any moisture problems that are not necessarily visible to the naked eye.

It is a fast, effective and reliable method that provides clear evidence of moisture without causing surface or structural damage.

If you think you have a leaky home it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage occurring and minimise additional repair costs.

Selling the affected property instead of repairing it is rarely an option.

Disguising the problem from potential buyers is not only unethical but also illegal and can amount to fraud if uncovered.

If the problem is disclosed, it’s undoubtedly going to lower the property’s value and, in instances where an owner has only limited equity, the bank is more than likely to forbid a sale at a price that will fail to cover the cost of the mortgage.

Rotting timber in leaky home
Rotting timber is revealed when cladding is removed.

Even if the property is mortgage-free, selling a leaky home at a discount is no easy matter.

It is very difficult to gauge the cost of repairs before starting the job and most buyers won’t take a gamble on quantifying the markdown in case they are left out of pocket once they have fixed it themselves.

Platinum Pacific Reclad are industry specialists in repairing and recladding leaky buildings.

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