Why should poor waterproofing hurt the value of properties and tenants' health?


The Result Of Poor Waterproofing.

Check out the image below, and let’s be honest, how do you sell a property like this?

Imagine buying a property for $800,000 and selling it for $650,000.

Building defects continue to plague strata apartment owners and building managers.

How Poor Waterproofing Hurt This Ladies Health.

In Melbourne, apartment owner Zoe Foster went to her doctor for a routine COVID test and discovered what appeared to be mould spores coating the inside of her nostrils.

Ms Foster immediately linked them to significant issues with her near-new apartment, including water running down walls from the floor above and central leaks from her balcony into her living area.

On ripping up a corner of her carpet, she discovered extensive black mould.

Ms Foster, who works in commercial property and described herself as an informed purchaser, has joined others lobbying for additional protection for apartment buyers.

While her strata’s Owners Corporation is currently pursuing the builder for repair costs, she is now reliant on a puffer for asthma, likely due to the extensive mould.

Mould Spreads So Quickly!

Mould is a form of fungi that thrives in damp and poorly ventilated areas and is commonly found on building materials, including wood and plaster, and household items such as carpet, clothes and curtains.

Mould spreads through spores and, according to the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel, it may lead to health issues including respiratory infections, nasal congestion and wheezing. It can worsen asthma and allergies and particularly affect weakened immune systems.

The only way to prevent mould growth is to target the source of moisture – and that often requires effective leak detection and waterproofing.

Strata Managers Responsibilities

Strata managers are responsible for all facilities management, including apartment waterproofing. As the representative of your strata committee, it is your responsibility to maintain the condition of your strata block – and the health and safety of every tenant.

Every waterproofing issue starts with a tiny leak or crack. If left untreated, leaks lead directly to issues including concrete spalling and concrete cancer and to major mould.

The problems that have become all too common in new strata projects are avoidable. As we’ve reported previously, the NSW Government has introduced commercial building reforms to target unprofessional builders and waterproofers whose shoddy workmanship is a primary culprit in building defects.

Selecting a licenced and skilled waterproofing contractor is the best way to ensure you have a waterproofing solution that is suitable for your strata apartment – and designed to last.

A strata waterproofing loan is one way to repair leaks without upfront costs. And we always recommend waterproofing maintenance.

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You Can Trust Danrae.

At Danrae Group, we provide end-to-end project management and comprehensive leak detection, solution design, waterproofing and remediation from our skilled in-house team of waterproofing contractors and trades professionals.

Our team tailors every solution design to the type and location of the property, we triple test every waterproofing installation, and we provide a full waterproofing guarantee. We also offer preventative maintenance plans to preserve your waterproofing solution and the integrity and value of your property.

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