Category Archives: Home Maintenance and Repairs

The Scary Consequence of Not Having Your Deck Checked

Following a catastrophic failure of a deck in Victoria, we’re once again reminding  homeonwners and landlords to have the decks and verandahs on their houses and investment properties checked regularly by a professional.

Our Australian climate is very harsh and even the most durable construction materials will eventually degrade. The defects might not be visually obvious to you – so have a professional Check your Deck! Continue reading The Scary Consequence of Not Having Your Deck Checked

Termites And Cracked Slabs

Can termites enter your house through cracks in your concrete slab?

According to research by the Cement and Concrete Association of Australia, a concrete slab designed and built in accordance with our current footing and slab standard AS2870 should keep termites out.

According to the CCAA data sheet, termites can’t get through cracks less than 1.4mm wide. Even though termites are smaller than that, they don’t like the rough concrete edges and have to mud line the crack to make it through.

So if your house slab is designed by a structural engineer to comply with AS2870, the Australian code for residential footings and slabs, then termites should not be able to enter your house through cracks in the slab.

I know you want to read more for yourself, so here’s the link:

Concrete Slabs as Barriers to Subterranean Termites

Can a Violent Impact from a Car cause Cracks to form in a House Years Later

Cornell Engineers was asked to quote a job recently where a car collided with a house. The damage had already been repaired but the owner started noticing:

  • cracking in walls, cornices and door trims;
  • popping of nails in walls;
  • jamming and misaligned doors;
  • cracking and crumbling of mortar in brick work.

These issues sound a lot like slab heave to me. Continue reading Can a Violent Impact from a Car cause Cracks to form in a House Years Later