Brett explains that one of the most important parts of a building inspection is wet areas and especially showers. Showers rank very high on QBCC’s insurance claims list as they are vulnerable to leaks over time which can cause major structural issues. Brett shows us that he checks the silicon and makes sure it is intact, especially in the corners. He then runs the shower for 10 minutes as per the Australian Standards and afterwards uses his Tramex (moisture meter) to detect for water damage on all adjacent walls.
But as I said we run the shower for 10 minutes to replicate a standard shower situation, nothing excessive just recreate the standard situation for having a shower. So what that allows us to do is use the Tramex , which is a moisture meter, and we look at the adjacent walls.
After that 10 minute period, we can check for water damage on the wall. We allow for the 10 minutes to allow the water to seep through. We try to do all the walls. This wall here is directly adjacent but even getting in the cupboards here having to look up. I’ve found plenty of times a bit of rot around these places and no one ever sees it because it is storage and things can be in the way.