During our pre-purchase building inspections on the Mornington Peninsula we sometimes come across filled in carports or verandas.
When a veranda or carport is converted into a interior living space, walls are commonly installed directly onto the the existing concrete slab, which does not have the necessary rebate to stop external water from entering a building.
Because there is no rebate, water seeps under the cladding and into the timber wall cavity causing rot and creating conditions conducive to termite infestation. Water ingress also causes damage to timber floors, tiles and carpets. Be careful when you come across houses with these alterations because they are usually built without council approval combined with the poor construction method mentioned.
If you’re unsure and need a professional to assess your property, give BIA a call. Our Mornington Peninsula building inspector will let you know what’s right or what’s wrong. 1300 274 349