Month: February 2013

Cracked mortar on ridge capping

Bad mortar work on roof capping causes roof leaks

One of the most common problems found by HouseCheck inspectors when checking roofs with concrete tiles  is badly installed ridge capping tiles.  This common defect is often difficult for the layman to spot from the ground – all the more reason for cautious home buyers to invest in a professional home inspection. Unless attended to, …

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Loose tiles along eaves

Builders sometimes cut corners with tiled roofs

HouseCheck home inspectors find that builders sometimes try to cut corners by neglecting the required mechanical fixing of sections of tiled roofs.  The result can be loose tiles,  which can be sucked or blown out of position, thereby posing a danger to people below and also making it fairly certain that rain water will penetrate …

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Estate agent boss calls for compulsory home inspections

A leading estate agency principal has called for mandatory home inspections in order to protect the large number of first time home buyers in South Africa.   Chas Everitt MD, Berry Everitt, says that new entrants to the property market are usually novices when it comes to assessing the condition of a property.  Everitt,  writing  in …

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Ground levels too high

Poor drainage causes huge problems

HouseCheck home inspectors frequently encounter poor ground water management when inspecting houses.   This includes bad management of rain water from the roof and also incorrect ground levels and grading of the property.   Gerrie van Niekerk, Operations Director of HouseCheck points out that erf grading and drainage can have a significant negative impact on the building …

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