We Fix Leaking Balconies … Properly!
In addition to the obvious annoyance caused for yourself and those who share your building, the structural damage that can take place from a balcony leaking is significant. Not only can this damage be structurally profound, but if left unattended for long enough, risk to human life and extraordinary expense is possible.
Why is Your Balcony Leaking?
There is no single answer to this question, as the circumstances of every balcony are unique.
Balconies face an extreme range of weather conditions, and the amount of building movement that occurs due to temperature shifts or building settlement can be significant. For this reason, assessing the situation is not always straightforward.
Some of the more common reasons for leakage include:
- Porous and deteriorated grout.
- Cracks in perimeter and skirting tile seals.
- Waterproof membrane failure.
- Tile breakage and movement.
- Poor drainage and fall towards drainage.
- Doorway and balustrading issues.
To correctly diagnose a leaking balcony issue takes experience and thorough knowledge of the construction process. It also takes time to properly assess the balcony and the surrounding areas to identify other potential issues. Other issues surrounding the balcony (as it is not always the balcony which is the issue) include air-conditioning pipes/wiring penetrating into the walls which have not be sealed, doors (in particular sliding doors) which have been incorrectly installed, weep holes being blocked in the brick walls etc.
The ‘Critical’ First Assessment
As with leaking showers, the accuracy of the initial assessment is critical. Not only can the effectiveness of the solution be affected, but the integrity and cost effectiveness of pricing may be as well.
The Assessment and Quote Should be by a Licenced Professional
Obviously, any serious assessment must be carried out by somebody who is qualified and experienced. For this reason we suggest that you ask to see the licence certification of any person assessing this type of work. This is not an unreasonable request. If it is not a licensed and experienced tradesperson, then you should insist on somebody else doing the assessment. This is work you do not want to cut corners on!
Their licence certification should also show their personal name on it. Businesses in our industry require a licence for the entity itself. This does not however ensure that the person assessing and quoting is licensed themselves. Look for their name on the licence and accept nothing less!
The Quote Should be Detailed and Precise
When we assess your situation our inspection report is thorough and explanatory. You will be provided with:
- A detailed report on the balcony area and the issues discovered
- A recommendation on the process to resolve the issue
- An explanation of the rationale behind it.
- A step by step ‘Scope Of Works’ outlining the process and the products used
- Assurance that the full extent of appropriate warranties and guarantees will apply.
If you choose to seek multiple quotes, we encourage you to insist on sighting the certification of the person quoting, as well as requiring a quote that stipulates all of the issues we have stated above.
Rest assured that at SealRITE the assessment will only be be conducted by one Andrew or Ryan (SealRITE Directors and certified tradesmen). They are on-site and hands-on in every balcony job. This is not a corporate giant; this is a is a dedicated, talented and cohesive team led by Directors that are proud of their work and their reputation.
If you have a question, or to request an obligation free assessment, contact us. You will speak with the Directors Andrew or Ryan, or if they are hands-on with a job, then the call will be diverted to our Operations Manager Lesley.
We work professionally and passionately to deliver consistent standards; we know each other’s skills and therefore we serve you with confidence!