Leaking Balcony repairs. Why they should not be delayed.

Do you know if you have a leaking balcony? A significant percentage of most multi-story buildings today such as multi-level townhouses and apartments have tiled balconies. In most cases, the tiled balconies are constructed directly above living areas like the lounge rooms or even the bedrooms.

During construction, much attention is given to the balconies because installation must strictly adhere to current Australian codes and standards, manufacturer’s instructions, and other recommended details. If the homeowner or constructor is in a hurry or simply wants to maintain the costs, he or she might not take into consideration waterproofing and proper measures. This will be the main source of frequent problems such as leaks. A leaking balcony repair should never be delayed.

Balcony Assessment

It is crucial to have a critical assessment of the balcony before recommending solutions. Ensure that the person doing the assessment is fully licensed, and should adhere to the Australian standards.

Reasons Why Your Balcony Is Leaking

Each balcony is unique, and as such, reasons for leaking may vary. Balconies usually face adverse weather conditions. Some movements may occur due to temperature shifts or building settlement. This makes each balcony assessment unique. Nevertheless, the following are some of the common reasons for balcony leakage:

  • Tile breakage and movement
  • Porous and deteriorated grout
  • Waterproof membrane failure
  • Doorway and balustrading problems
  • Cracking in the perimeter and skirting tile seals.
  • Poor drainage and fall towards drainage

The Ideal Water Proofing System for Balconies as per the Australian Standards

During the initial construction of the balcony, there are measures to be taken to ensure that the balcony is waterproof and will not have any leaking problems in future. The best approach is the installation of a water proofing membrane that will ‘work and last’

Balcony membranes need a membrane system that will provide a permanent water barrier to any wall upturns, around drains, balustrade, floor, and any other point that can allow water penetration.

The constructor should take measures to prevent water from penetrating beneath the balcony. He or she should be aware of the basic principle of construction, which is building movement due to expansion and contraction of materials.

Thus, the waterproof membrane should be flexible to accommodate any structural movement of the balcony and that of the adjacent building envelope.

Essentially a constructor should use quality water proofing products and implement the correct membrane application to create a balcony that will be free of any leaks whatsoever.

What Are the Signs to Look Out For To Determine That Your Balcony Is Leaking?

If you spot any of the following abnormalities, then you will know that your balcony is leaking and it needs some leaking balcony repairs.

  • If you step on a tile and realize it is loose and produces some hollow and ‘drummy’ noise, it is an indication that your balcony is leaking. This means that the tiles are not tight and they are allowing water to penetrate. Faulty tiles leave the perimeter joints exposed allowing water to leak right into the balcony.
  • Cracked or missing grout is a clear indication of a leaking balcony.
  • If the interior and exterior balcony finishes have some staining, know that the balcony could be leaking
  • A leaking balcony makes the wood on the doors and windows to swell thus you will experience trouble when opening and closing.
  • Peeling or splitting of paint also indicates that you need some leaking balcony repairs.
  • If some of the balcony joints especially the railing and structural posts become weak, most likely, the balcony could be leaking.

Balcony Leakages

The contractor is advised to pay close attention to the proofing membrane because it is the main cause of leaks in the balcony. Determine if the membrane has failed because if not detected and remedied early enough, it might cause bigger leaking issues.

The contractor is also supposed to work on the balcony structure because it might be the cause of a leak. In addition, one needs to check for faulty tiling that could be dangerous. Pour water on the tiles and you notice some leakages, know the tiles are not well installed and need some leaking balcony repair to be on the safe side.

Effects of a Leaking Balcony- Why You Should Not Delay the Repair

A leaking balcony is not only a real nuisance to a home to a homeowner, but also if left unrepaired; it can cause adverse problems to everyone around. As a homeowner, the moment you notice that your balcony is leaking, you should call a professional immediately to start leaking balcony repairs.

Otherwise, if you leave it to deteriorate for some time, the decay will slowly spread down to the other walls especially the external ones. The walls and ceiling will start to discolor as the paint on them slowly chips off.

The electrical systems will also be damaged, causing power outages and emitting harmful and dangerous charges.

In addition, water will penetrate to the external walls and areas below or adjacent to the balcony. In the end, the balcony might collapse.

How to Fix a Leaking Balcony as per the Australian Standards

The best approach to leaking balcony repairs is calling professionals. Avoid attempting any do it yourself jobs. As you have seen, dealing with a leaking balcony is complicated and should not be taken lightly. There are many technical procedures involved and only a professional has the necessary tools and products for the job.

First, he or she will choose the best membrane that can withstand the balcony’s structural movement. The second step is to complete any penetrating work before applying the waterproofing membrane.

Adding an additional sealant to the penetrating structures is also necessary. The next step is to ensure that the balcony levels have good drainage to prevent water from stagnating.

To make the job tidy, it is best to remove the A/C unit. Once the job is done, test the tiling with some water to see whether the membranes are as tight as they should be. If not, you have to add another coat.

The best water proofing products to use for leaking balcony repairs include Liquid applied membranes and spray applied liquid membranes. Liquid waterproof systems are seamless, thus you need not worry about any seams coming apart.

A Watertight Conclusion

Every homeowner is advised to beware of any leaking balcony. One can inspect his or her balcony for the signs of leakage. Do not wait for the damage to be irreversible. Call a professional immediately. Remember that the effects of a leaking balcony can be grave as they can cause the balcony to collapse.

If you have a question, or to request an obligation free assessment, contact us. You will speak with the Directors Andrew or Ryan, or if they are hands-on with a job, then the call will be diverted to our Operations Manager Lesley.

We work professionally and passionately to deliver consistent standards; we know each other’s skills and therefore we serve you with confidence!

To experience the SealRITE service difference, call 1300 123 008 or complete the Contact Request Form here onsite. We look forward to speaking with you.

Our Reviews!
Scott Nailon
Scott Nailon
04:23 11 Feb 21
I rent. I reported a leaking shower which to my realestate agent. They had these guys fix leaking which was in the ensuite and was leaking through the floor into my garage. The leak was regular and I had a bucket in place to catch it every time we showered!SealRITE sent out Han (yeah pronounced like the star wars character Han Solo) who was super polite, did a perfect job and left zero mess. He came at 7am the first day but on the second day was happy to come later to fit in with my schedule - really nice guy.I wish this thing had 10 stars.
Mark Schmid
Mark Schmid
04:32 02 Feb 21
Han was wonderful, the job he did was great but what was so unexpected was how clean he left the house and bathroom after re-tiling the shower. I would definitely recommend his workmanship and professionalism to anyone.
09:09 19 Jan 21
The quoting team and Renee were great but a few small issues with the repairs. Had our shower waterproofed and re-tiled and walls re-grouted.Some bits of grout were missed or just cleaned, this became apparent after about 2 months when it discolored. Not too worried as i know its easy to miss bits when you're looking at a wall of white.One of the hob tiles had a very small chip which had been hidden with a blob of grout, again didn't find this until after a few cleans when it came off.The floor tiles weren't cut to line up with the wall tile grout lines, again not a major deal but it would have been nice as this is how it was originally and wouldn't have been hard.I had supplied 2 boxes of tiles which were torn open and then not used leaving me with 2 stacks of tiles and no box to store them in.Again office staff were great but tradesman could have paid a bit more attention to detail (yes i know i am picky but I'm also a tradie and expect others to work to my standard) and mainly wasn't impressed with the hidden chip.
Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
23:20 20 Dec 20
We used SealRITE for two leaking shower repairs in southern Sydney. We had previously booked a cowboy who was completely useless to deal with and it was impossible to trust him because he wouldn't communicate on even the most minor of issues. We were landlords and did not have access to the property to monitor what was happening which was very disconcerting. We switched to SealRITE as soon as we could and they were so professional from the first moment until the job was done. It was just wonderful. If you are a landlord and need some waterproofing and shower fix done i would recommend SealRITE for piece of mind and a smooth job.
Brad Owen
Brad Owen
00:49 15 Dec 20
SealRite has been a pleasure to work with. The team was professional at all times and worked to my needs and provided a 5 star finish.
Marie F
Marie F
06:10 10 Dec 20
We live by the Cronulla oceanfront where salt ans winds and sun cause major deterioration to our balconies. Sealrite were so professional and thorough! All of the workmen involved were courteous, efficient and communicated each step of the way. Renae coordinated all the works with myself and my neighbours and kept us informed allthe way. Highly recommended!
Taryn C
Taryn C
00:27 09 Sep 20
SealRite repaired our shower after the waterproofing had failed. The tradesman was fantastic. On time, professional, courtesy of us and making sure we were happy, barely took a break all day for 3 days. We were so impressed. Our experience was great and we would highly recommend.
Van Trinh
Van Trinh
09:14 08 Sep 20
I evaluated a number of regrouting services prior to going ahead with SealRITE. They were professional, explained the process in detail, catered to my urgency needs and assured me i wouldn't be disappointed. The job was fantastic and it exceeded my expectations. Will definitely use them again
Greg Eves
Greg Eves
12:23 11 Aug 20
An amazing experience with this company. On time, helpful, neat & tidy.I rang the CD to compliment him for my experience and he asked if I would complete a review on line, I answered it would be my pleasure !
Amanda Blue
Amanda Blue
03:07 17 Mar 20
They recently repaired my shower. They were really lovely on to deal with. Explained everything that was going to happen and kept me informed every step. The guy that came to my house was on time and left everything very clean and tidy. The shower look fantastic and is no longer leaking into my kitchen below. Highly recommend. Always happy to refer good local companies.
Lauren Thomas
Lauren Thomas
09:45 16 Jun 19
Our shower looks brand new and I am very happy with the job. It was a pleasure to deal with this company. From the very pleasant and helpful Lesley and Amanda who I spoke to on the phone, to Ryan who quoted the job and Dominic who carried out the work, explaining what he was doing at each stage of the job. He even wiped his shoes with a chux each time he had to step outside the bathroom so he didn't walk any dust or debri through the home. I highly recommend this company.
Leonor Martins
Leonor Martins
09:15 16 Jun 19
SealRITE Solutions repaired our shower and did an amazing job. Stopped the leak and shower looks like new again.