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Building Pathology & Defects Analysis

  • Analytical Skills & Practical Construction knowledge
  • Site Inspection & defects analysis
  • Destructive and Non Destructive investigations
  • Assessment of Pathology
  • Passive Monitoring
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Full Report

Building Pathology is the evaluation of building performance in terms of technical and physical aspects of structures after construction, such as structural integrity, mechanical system performance, and properties of materials.

A building defect is defined as a material, component or finish which does not meet its expected performance criteria.

Building Pathology and Defect Analysis can relate to problems in all types of buildings in our harsh South African climate with particular reference to the Coastal Regions. The results of defects and the analysis of how the defects should be put right can occasionally be straightforward, but often requires special techniques and assistance, and a good deal of lateral thinking.

Technical expertise and an understanding of building construction are essential to correctly identify the cause of building defects and the remedial measures required to put the defect(s) right.

Instructions typically include inspection, analysis and reporting on the following:

  • Water penetration (dampness & ingress)
  • Condensation
  • Defective detailing and finishes
  • Movement and cracking
  • Concrete and Deleterious Materials
  • Curtain Walling, Cladding and Glazing
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Spalling

In order to provide an economic and effective remedy to building defects it is essential to properly identify what the defect is. In many cases the owner or occupier is only aware of the symptoms caused by the defect. They may note damp or cracks, for example, but in order to address the problem the cause of the damp or cracks must be found.

WTP Livsey Build Consult’s  normal approach is to undertake an initial inspection (which may involve an element of intrusive investigation) and provide an initial report for a fixed fee.

If it has been possible to identify the cause of the problem our report will tell you what it is and how to fix it. If we have not been able to identify the cause, our initial report will tell you what we think the likely causes are and we will recommend a strategy for moving forward which will normally involve exploratory opening up and investigations which can often be intrusive.

This service is for a specific request to investigate a problem or concern of the building owner. It will identify the type of defect e.g. cracking and subsidence, settlement or movement in the structure, roof & other leaks, damp penetration and insect & fungal attack etc., and it will provide recommendations for the repair / replacement and the approximate cost of such repairs etc.