Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage Explained
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Conditions Conducive to Structural Failure Explained
The Building Inspection reports produced by Inspect My Home include a section titled ‘Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage’ and this is where the inspector reports on evidence of building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to future structural damage.
It’s a way of letting the owner of the property know that although the item listed is not a structural failure at the time of the inspection, if untreated, with time it could be the cause of greater problems.
To explain further, let’s break the words down into their individual meanings in relation to the sentence.
‘Condition’: the state of something with regards to its appearance, quality or working order.
‘Conducive’: making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible.
‘Structural’: forming part of the structure of a building.
‘Failure’: non-performance of something required.
In a Building Report, an individual item or area will be singled out as having noticeable building deficiencies (conditions) or environmental factors (conditions) that may contribute (conducive) to the occurrence of structural damage (structural failure). An example of this would be a downpipe dispersing water onto the area that supports a building:
‘Condition’ is the downpipe and the rainwater.
‘Conducive’ is the dispersion close to the area that supports the building.
‘Structural’ would be the building supports and the building that is being supported.
‘Failure’ would be moving/rotting/rusting of the building supports by the different moisture levels being dispersed by the downpipe, causing cracking/sinking to the building structure above.
Although usually not requiring urgent attention, we recommend that clients take note of any conditions reported under this section and take steps to rectify them as soon as they have the opportunity.
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