Stormwater

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If you are like many homeowners, you have probably wondered why some houses have no gutters to protect against stormwater. You may have wished your own home had none because of the cleaning and maintenance issues.

Gutters are not required by law on a sloping roof. Many modern homes have none, even in instances where they would benefit from having them. There are alternatives that architects sometimes prefer such as concrete paving around the perimeter of your house.

To decide for yourself whether rainwater gutters are necessary for your home, it is best to first learn what the building regulations require.

The Building Regulations do not require roof gutters and downpipes if another suitable means of drainage has been provided to remove or disperse rainwater from the roof away from your home.

However, the Building Regulations do require that any stormwater that flows from your roof or any area that is near your home must not cause damage to the interior of the building, its structure or its structural elements. The regulations require steps to be taken to ensure that stormwater does not accumulate in a way that“unduly inconveniences” you as the occupant of your home.

Furthermore, the system used must:

  1. not undercut the foundations by erosion or flooding
  2. drain stormwater away from your home
  3. not allow stormwater to accumulate against or close to the external walls
  4. make provision for the drainage of any areas on the property where water pools
  5. be capable of being easily maintained and cleaned
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I Inspect All Of The Following Components

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Some of the components inspected in your house and property inspection report

My Comprehensive, Snag (New Home), Maintenance and Commercial Inspection include all of the above. Also included is the stand condition, property boundary and courtyard walls, swimming pools, garages, decks and so on on the property. To clarify, an itemised list is provided below.

Your property inspection

Firstly, I am a trained and skilled InterNACHI Certified Property Inspector. Therefore, you will receive a thorough and professional, non-intrusive, visual inspection and report of the property.

Moreover, I inspect the property you wish me to report on, inside and out, from the boundary walls to the top of the roof. Following that, I produce a detailed thorough report of all the components inspected.

All my inspections are in full accordance with InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

My inspection process

Outside the building, I will inspect the property boundary walls, the garden, the building’s walls and roof, the driveway, the deck etc. Moreover, if you request it I will inspect your swimming pool. Then I will move inside to inspect the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. In addition, I also inspect the heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems to ensure that they work as intended. Likewise, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms also receive a thorough check. Following on, I will check the roof (ceiling) space and basement, if any.

Following that, I will prepare a detailed building inspection report of all the items inspected, including photographs. Furthermore, the report will be clear and easy to read.

Moreover, as The Home Detective, I strive to ensure my house and property inspection services and reports are the best. I also value customer service above everything else.

Items inspected in your house and property:

  • Air Conditioning systems
  • Boundary walls
  • Ceilings
  • Cupboards, kitchen tops and units
  • Damp in walls, floors and ceilings
  • Decks (all types)
  • Electric fencing
  • Electrical boards & components (DB, plugs, light switches and lights)
  • External finishes (faced, plastered and timber and steel framed)
  • Fireplaces and braais
  • Floors finishes (tiling, carpets, timber, laminated etc.)
  • Foundation, floor, wall and roof structure
  • Garages, carports and external buildings
  • Garden sheds
  • Geyser installations 
  • Gutters & downspouts
  • Heating systems
  • Insulation
  • Interior finishes (faced, plastered and timber and steel framed)
  • Leaks and damp (rising, falling and penetrating damp)
  • Maintenance issues
  • Mould and mildew
  • Paving (driveways, courtyards, walkways)
  • Plumbing system & fixtures (baths, basins, showers, sinks, toilets etc)
  • Problem vegetation and foliage
  • Roof space (area above the ceiling)
  • Roof systems (tiled, sheeted, concrete and composite roofs)
  • Safety aspects
  • Steps and stairs
  • Stoves and hobs
  • Surface drainage
  • Swimming pools
  • Ventilation
  • Walkways and driveways
  • Waterproofing systems
  • Windows & doors
  • Wood-destroying organisms and pests (termites, rodents etc.)
  • Yard and courtyard walls
  • and much more!

In addition, I invite you to come along and watch as I inspect your house and property. Furthermore, you are free to ask questions at any time during your property inspection

Finally, for more information on property inspections and your property, please browse the rest of my website.

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