How do rainy days affect my build?
The weather plays a big part in the building process. Both hot days and rainy days can force workers off site. And once the rain disappears it can often be a few days before work goes ahead as normal.
The are a few key factors that rain can really have an impact on. These include deliveries, excavation and bricks.
A rainy day will limit the ability to deliver materials. Everything from fences and frames to bricks, gyprock and appliances. If it’s raining it’s usually not safe to get these things off the truck. The risk of injuring workers or material is just too great. The ground can get waterlogged, and the site becomes muddy and slippery.
If your project is in the process of getting ready to pour the slab then the rain may have a major effect. Excavation may have to stop if there is too much water on site. The slab also cannot be poured until there is a clear day to ensure that the concrete has time to dry.
The bricks are delivered to the site in advance and lay exposed to the weather. Not only are the bricklayers unable to lay the bricks if it’s raining but they also cannot lay the bricks if the bricks themselves are wet or damp.
Generally, the rain causing delays are reduced once construction has reached lock-up stage. There will still be inconveniences in terms of deliveries and any remaining work on the outside of the home but it is still possible to continue with the internal fit-out.
It rained yesterday but my builder is claiming an extension of time for today too!
This is because even though the rain might have stopped, the water left behind might not have evaporated yet. If you have any concerns about extension of times that occur from rain days, ask your builder. They should be able to explain exactly what is causing the delay.
It important to ensure that the site is safe to work on before a builder allows their trades on site again. Slippery mud and puddles of water can be dangerous. Not only that, a soggy site can really slow workers down as they take extra care to avoid falling and slipping.
What can I do about rain days?
The simple answer is – nothing. We can’t control the weather and neither can you. At Simone Homes we do our best to avoid the disruptions that come with all different kinds of weather but at the end of the day, Mother Nature is in control of this one.