FAQFrequently Asked Questions
What are the signs to look for if I think I have a leaking bathroom?
Look for water stains at the base of the entry door to the bathroom. The water stains can appear flooring and walls. Also look at the base of the walls which back onto the shower recess (ie. from adjoining rooms). In some cases mould growing on a wall surface might be noticeable.
If the bathroom is on the first floor, look at the ceilings located directly underneath as these signs give a good indication of whether a first floor bathroom is leaking.
What are the signs to look for if I think I have a leaking laundry?
As with leaking bathrooms, you will notice water leaching from the laundry entry doors. If you see decay to the timbers adjacent to the base of the door, then it’s likely you have a leak.
I can see staining on the edge of my balcony, is it leaking?
If there is staining to the edge of your balcony, you may have a defective waterproofing membrane and/or drainage issues.
As with other wet areas within a building, leaking balconies often manifest themselves in various locations. This includes water damage to ceilings underneath the balcony and blistering paint to wall surfaces adjacent to the doorways leading onto the balcony.
How do I fix excessive staining between the grout joints on the balcony floor tiles?
If staining cannot be removed during routine cleaning you may be experiencing efflorescence (crystalline deposit of salts, usually starting as a white powder, that forms on or near the surface of products that contain cement).
In some circumstances the efflorescence causes deterioration of the grout joints to the floor tiles and even disfigures the face of the floor tile.
To repair this defect often requires the removal of the tile, sand and cement screed bed and waterproofing membrane. Reinstallation of the finishes with additives to the sand and cement screed should ensure that the efflorescence does not return to the balcony.
When balcony remedial repairs are required, consideration may need to be given to the drainage design.
How do I know if my planter box is leaking? Why do planter boxes leak?
As with other water defects you will often find stains to the outside of planter box walls, usually where the wall meets the floor of the planter box. In some cases the paint will blister from the wall surface.
Tree roots can cause extensive damage to the waterproofing membranes used within planter boxes. The tree root will follow the moisture trails through lap joints or small penetrations in the membrane and tear it apart. Once this has occurred the planter box can leak. General movement of the building structure can also tear waterproofing membranes at the floor and wall junctions. Once this tearing occurs water freely travels and causes a defect.
Why is my roof leaking?
If you have a metal roof, they can leak at the box gutter/drainage location. This can be repaired by installing a new waterproofing membrane within the existing box gutter.
Concrete or timber framed roofs leak because of a failure in the waterproofing membrane system which was applied. This can occur for a number of reasons and should be inspected asap to minimise further damage.
What are the hazards associated with water leaks?
Where the floors under leaking wet areas have been constructed with timber, over a period of time the leak could weaken the structure and cause it to fail. This means you could fall through the floor in a bathroom, laundry, balcony or roof terrace.
If you suspect you have a leaking area, it is best to stop access until a building inspection is carried out and the repairs are made by a licensed builder.
Electrical hazards are common where water is leaking into wall frames adjacent or below wet areas of the dwelling. This can manifest itself in the electrical circuitry tripping when power-points or light switches are turned on, and in the worst case cause a fire.
Make the Call, Ask the Question!
If you’ve got general questions that we haven’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to call us!
We welcome your calls and can often provide an indication of what your water related problems may be simply by asking a number of questions over the phone. Of course this is often just an indication, based on the answers you provide, though it’s certainly a great starting point to fixing those problems.
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