Frequent questions and answers

What types of homes are generally associated with leaky home syndrome?

A high percentage of homes suffering from leaky home syndrome are monolithic clad houses which have been plastered or texture coated, houses which have poorly water proofed internal gutters and or parapets with poor cap flashing details.

In one case we re-clad a block house (as you can see in the photos below) due to extremely poor cap flashing details which allowed water to completely fill the blocks and soak in to the timber this caused an extreme amount of damage, this house was only 6 years old.

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Are there any health issues involved when living in a leaky home?

Damp living conditions affect many people and can worsen the symptoms of illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and other breathing disorders. Damp also encourages the spread of dust mites which can further worsen these disorders. Damp insulation within the wall framing dramatically reduces the insulation value, making rooms harder to heat. The combination of cold damp rooms and the presence of some fungi will worsen respiratory problems for the very young and very old.

In addition to these problems, some fungi which grow within wet wall cavities are toxic. In particular the stachybotrys mould (a type of fungi) produce spores which carry chemical toxins known as mycotoxins. These may cause flu like symptoms.

Stachybotrys can be present within a damp wall cavity with no obvious signs or ill effects, but once exposed they will produce airborne spores which can be inhaled by those in close proximity.

If stachybotrys is found, you will probably need to leave the home while repairs are made. People working on the removal of affected timber have to wear protective gear.

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Is my leaky home structurally safe?

There can be many structural safety issues with a leaky home, load bearing walls can be seriously effected by rotten and decayed timber, bracing walls can also be effected which in turn does help the stability of the structure. In some cases houses have been totally demolished, these properties are even too dangerous to be repaired, hopefully your home is not at this stage yet, acting fast could help save your property.

Are there other people with leaky homes i can talk to?

Yes there are below there is a link to the leaky home forum where you talk to other leaky home owners for advice and support.

Can I stay in my leaky home during the re-clad process?

It is understood why you should want to stay in your own property during the re-clad process but this is something we strongly advise against, the re-clad process is very uncomfortable to endure but most of all it posses a serious health issue.