It’s a wet day and maybe a wet weekend in Brisbane. Is your builder pushing ahead with your new house? You might need us soon!
Keep these ‘watery’ facts in mind:
- Adding water (even rainwater) to wet concrete makes it weaker and more likely to crack as it cures.
- Water IS required to help your concrete cure. Rainy weather is perfect for this.
- Adding water to clayey ground makes it swell and lift. If your slab is poured after lots of rain, when the ground dries out you could be left with what looks like subsidence
- Poor drainage around an unfinished house can have long term consequences. Get your builder to make sure your site is free-draining.
- If your builder refuses to improve your site drainage during construction, take photos of water ponding near your house to help with insurance claims later on.
- Water softens the ground and makes it impossible to achieve the solid ground surface you need under waffle slabs.
- Rain water on timber flooring usually isn’t a problem. Contact your builder or supplier if you have any questions.