How to Waterproof Your Swimming Pool

Swimming pools are under constant internal and external pressures due to the force of the water and ground pressures, which can over time cause cracks to appear. If left unattended cracks can expand and cause problems like a serious leakage. It’s sometimes difficult to detect leaks in a swimming pool as water can often disperse slowly over a period of time and not be noticed until a spike in the water usage bill alerts homeowners to the problem. (more…)

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Do Homework Before Buying Within a Residential Owners’ Corporation

With house prices on the rise in many inner city suburbs, some buyers are finding townhouses and apartments a more affordable option. However, according to property expert Mark Armstrong, buyers need to be aware when purchasing a property that is managed by an owners’ corporation or body corporate that they are not just buying the title to the property. They should ensure they are also taking on additional responsibilities with the other joint owners in the building. (more…)

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Get professional advice to build a green roof

Green roofs are a popular and attractive renovation for forward looking home and building owners. According to Geoff Wilson, the founder of Green Roofs Australia Inc., the many benefits of developing a green roof include reduced storm water run-off, offsetting carbon emissions, better insulated buildings and increased energy efficiency. Wilson notes that currently few buildings in Australia are designed to withstand the extra weight needed per square metre to develop a green roof. The added load pressure of plant-growing substrate and plant material on a rooftop can add from between 60kg to 250kg a square metre. Wilson advises that buildings incorporating a green roof need to be specially adapted and reinforced if being retrofitted, or specially designed if new. (more…)

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Tornado-Prone Oklahoma Has Few Basements for Shelter

Despite the familiarity of Oklahoma citizens with powerful tornadoes that cause widespread property damage and high risk to personal safety, most homes aren’t equipped with appropriate shelter. The advice regularly given to people is to seek shelter in their basement.  Yet not many homes in the city of Oklahoma contain a basement in which to take refuge until the storm passes. (more…)

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Preventing and Repairing Concrete Cancer

According to the Australian Concrete Repair Association (ACRA), there are four phases in the progression of concrete cancer. The association warns that the value of the damage in terms of the cost to fix it multiplies by five times if it is left to deteriorate to the next phase. In other words, a dollar spent to fix it in the first phase of concrete cancer is equivalent to saving five dollars to repair the damage in phase two. The phases range from the initial design and construction of a structure all the way to advanced corrosion. (more…)

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