Litigation over leaky buildings is on the rise over the last 12 months, particularly in Melbourne and Canberra. Be it leaky balconies, leaky planter boxes or leaks emanating from common property, a trend is emerging and it does not bode well.

Leaky building claims are very costly as water damage and water penetration can be very destructive. Water invasiveness has little respect for the integrity of the as-built product. Water damage corrupts most construction elements, regardless of whether it is wood, joinery, electrical interface or fabric. If it impacts upon the…