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Concrete Cancer and how it is affecting you as a Sydney strata manager

Did you know that concrete could get cancer?

Well it can and it has the potential to be seriously damaging to large residential and commercial properties. If you are a strata manager for one of these types of properties in Sydney then concrete cancer needs to be added to one of your causes for concern. If your property is or becomes affected by concrete cancer then it is up to you as strata manager to address the issue quickly. If you don’t and leave it, concrete cancer can pose a serious physical risk to everybody who is working or living in your strata managed building.  Not only does concrete cancer cause a physical danger, but it can also be financially costly to the inhabitants, as fees may need to be raised to cover the costs of rectifying the situation.

If you are a Sydney strata manager, in order for you to effectively manage and protect your occupants against the danger of concrete cancer allow me to share some information with you to better prepare yourself to deal with this potentially dangerous issue. Alternatively with a bit of information, you can identify a problem and seek the help of an industry professional or building inspector to attend your residential/ commercial strata managed property and inspect for concrete cancer.

Concrete cancer, what is it?

Concrete cancer is the degradation of concrete over time. Moisture, environmental effects, efflorescence and a number of other factors cause it. Basically if concrete cancer strikes, you are left with structurally unsound, crumbling concrete. Obviously this can then pose some serious risks to the physical wellbeing of your residents. Not only will chunks of the concrete fall away as the concrete begins to rot and crumble, potentially injuring people below, the structure can also then be left exposed. This will cause the steel reinforcements in the concrete to be exposed to the elements as well as moisture, which will cause rust, further corrosion and destabilization. If concrete cancer is left unchecked it can result in complete structural failure, damage to other property, injury to residents and potentially even death.

How can you identify Concrete Cancer?

Concrete cancer is quite tricky to identify. Even through you (hopefully) have no intention of exposing your Sydney building or its occupants to any risks, you may not be able to detect if concrete cancer has affected your property. Because of this, it is incredibly important to source and secure a professionally qualified building inspector to generate a property condition report.  It is recommended that you use an independent building inspector over a builder or contractor because they will be able to provide you with an unbiased report. They have no financial benefit from giving you negative feedback. Therefore you can rest assured that you are getting unbiased feedback on the state of your strata managed property. Plus a qualified inspector will be able to identify concrete cancer more effectively than an untrained eye.

As a strata manager of a residential or commercial property, it is your duty to ensure that your building and occupants are safe and secure whilst in your building. Don’t allow the potentially hidden consequences of concrete cancer to affect you, your building or its occupants. By having an independent Sydney building inspector generate a property condition report on the potential effects of concrete cancer on your building you will be ensuring that your building literally doesn’t crumble away.

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