Unrendered Breeze Blocks and Cracks Appearing on Internal Walls?


Postby stevread1 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:05 pm

Hi,

We have lived in our house for over 10yrs.

The previous owners had a kitchen extension built of breeze blocks that have never been rendered.

They do have a cavity as far as I'm aware. Just lately large cracks have appeared on one side of the internal walls.

I was wondering if this has been caused by the blocks not being rendered, allowing in damp.

There is no sign of movement on the outside no cracking in the walls or bowing.

There is a few small holes in the cement but i think that just needs re pointing.

Some good advice would be much appreciated.
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Postby Mad110 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:51 pm

Check the thickness of the walls to see if there is a cavity, if not get it externally insulated and rendered in something like K1. Also does the extension have a flat or pitched roof?
Does it have a decent overhang? Water may be getting in from above.
If the outer skin is breeze block, I'd have it rendered.
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Postby stevread1 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:15 pm

It has a slopping roof with a good 11 inch overhang slopping to the front and guttering along the front. and about one inch overhang on the side which is cracking. Will check when it rains to see if water is running off the side of the roof and down this wall, just occurred to me maybe this is happening. Will also check in roof space to see if damp is getting in.

The walls are a good 11 inches thick so assume they do have a cavity.
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