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Published on 8/14/2017

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Protect yourself against shoddy workmanship

Complaints about retaining walls and concrete slabs in south-east Queensland have tripled since June

     

 

Cover photo by Zoshua Colah on Unsplash

For more information and a related article visit the Brisbane Times

 

Protect yourself against shoddy workmanship

 

Now more than ever there is a need to ensure the concrete works being performed at your place are being conducted to a standard that satisfies local building codes and specifications. For the past few weeks the Brisbane Times newspaper has been reporting on between 200 to 700 complaints made by residents  in the Redlands and Gold Coast areas. 

Complaints about retaining walls and concrete slabs in south-east Queensland have tripled since June, as pressure mounts on the state's building watchdog over the increasing occurrence of shoddy work. State opposition housing spokesman Stephen Bennett said complaints to the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) had increased from 200 to 700 since June and has called for an urgent taskforce to investigate.

He said problems were "now rampant" in the Redlands and Gold Coast areas.

"It might be linked to the higher density on the (Gold) Coast, but clearly it is out of control on the Gold Coast.""The developers who do it well use steel uprights, use concrete infill, or use a mix of footings and Besser block fill to engineered standards," he said.

"The guys who are doing it illegally are using timber and they are building them way over height.

"And you have a deteriorating product in timber. Ultimately it will rot in some cases."


The Brisbane Times notes that in this house at Eatons Hill, with widening cracks almost half an inch wide in its outside brick walls, is further evidence of problems with the building watchdog, which has never investigated the serious flaw.

 

    

Window frame cracked as concrete slab sinks 70mm in home at Eaton's Hill. Photo: Tony Moore


The BPEQ also confirmed it had received information about poor building standards about several shed companies operating in southeast Queensland.

"It's more than one shed company," the spokesman said.

"We've received some advice and we are still collecting information in this area."

Though here at concrete broker we provide information on concreters in your location where you can view their reviews, read background information on them and their projects performed, and even contact them direct to ask for testimonials from previous customers and clients. If you cannnot find a suitable contractor in your location simply email us and we shall provide you with three (3) product and service providers in the field you are searching for.

 

To find a professional concrete contractor in South East Queensland visit the home pages of the following reputable organisations:

 

Concrete Applications : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/ConcreteApplications

Superior Concrete Walls : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/superiorconcretewalls

Exceed Concrete : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/exceedconcrete

Versatile Concrete and Landscape : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Versatileconcreteandlandscapes

Rik's Resealing and Resurfacing : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/riksresealingandresurfacing

 

As a member of the public you can visit Queensland Building and Construction Commission for information on concreter qualifications.

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