Waterproofing is crucial for any construction project, whether residential or commercial. Proper waterproofing prevents water penetration or water ingression which can cause structural damage, mould growth, and other issues. Without adequate waterproofing, a building can deteriorate quickly and become uninhabitable.
At MJ Engineering, we specialise in remedial waterproofing services to repair existing failed waterproofing systems. We understand the importance of proper waterproofing in construction projects to prevent water damage, structural deterioration, and potential health hazards such as mould growth. Our experienced team has the expertise to identify the underlying cause of waterproofing issues. We provide a comprehensive solution that includes diagnosing the issue and providing a specification to prevent future water penetration.
We will inspect the area where water ingress is reported to areas adjacent/below; provide initial findings.
We would develop specifications describing methodologies and materials required to repair the issue.
We would conduct the tender process on behalf of the owners corporation and assess the tenders.
We will project manage / superintend the repair works and ensure the project runs according to the budget and schedule.
When it comes to waterproofing repairs, there are several options available. If the damage to the waterproofing system is not too severe, it may be possible to repair the existing system. This is often the most cost-effective approach, as it involves fixing the current system rather than replacing it entirely. Repairs can include patching up cracks or holes, sealing gaps, and re-applying waterproofing products.
If the existing waterproofing system is beyond repair or if a partial replacement would not be effective, a full system replacement may be necessary. While this can be costly, ensuring that the building is adequately protected from water intrusion is often necessary.
Our team of specialist remedial engineers who are also registered design practitioners have over 20 years of experience and would be able to assist with any issues.
Our team focuses only in remedial engineering meaning that you can be rest assured with our specialist knowledge and expertise.
With over 1,000 buildings inspected, our team of engineers are able to troubleshoot any concern that may be encountered.
Waterproofing systems can fail for several reasons, including:
The impact of waterproofing failure can be severe and may include the following:
Regular waterproofing inspections and maintenance can help prevent more significant problems from occurring down the line. By detecting and addressing minor issues early on, building owners can avoid more extensive and costly repairs later.
It is important to consider local codes of compliance when undertaking waterproofing repairs. In Australia, waterproofing repairs must comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA outlines the requirements for waterproofing in various buildings, including residential and commercial buildings. At MJ Engineering, we can assist with the tender process to find a suitable contractor who adheres to all relevant codes and regulations for waterproofing repairs.
The simple fact is that waterproofing membranes are only as good as the surface to which they have been applied or installed. The single biggest cause of waterproofing failures stems from poor workmanship, making it more crucial than ever to entrust your waterproofing needs to reliable and proven builders. It’s important to remember the failure of a waterproofing membrane or device can occur at any stage of the life of a building – it may fail straight away or after 1, 5, 12 or 20 years.
Simply put, water ingress is when water from outside gets into a building. It can happen in many different ways and for many different reasons in a building or property.
To determine the responsibility of water damage, it is important to find out where the water damage or water leak started.
Common strata property is everything outside of the individual units or apartments. This includes the hallways, lobby, lifts, stairs, car parks, gardens, gyms, swimming pools, and so on. It also includes the walls that connect the units and flats, as well as any other space that isn’t on the building plan for a specific unit. If water damage to a strata property starts here, it usually could be claimed that the owners corporation is responsible for the water damage.
On the other hand, a unit or apartment is a private space in the house. According to NSW Fair Trading, “the basic rule is that everything inside the airspace of the unit, including all internal walls, fixtures, kitchen, bathroom and paint on the walls, is usually the lot and, therefore, the responsibility of the unit/apartment owner.” If the water damage comes from inside a unit or flat, the owner of the unit/apartment is usually responsible for fixing it.