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Brick frost damage causing bricks to wash away?

Postby richjturner » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:03 am

Hi all,

Several bricks in one part of our Victorian house are crumbling. If water hits them it washes the brick away, it's rather worrying!

Is this ice/frost damage? What can I do to sort the issue. Is it a big problem?

Thanks,

Rich
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:51 pm

Hi richjturner
The problem is caused by frost action on damp in the bricks. You need to determine where the damp is coming from. On the bricks just above the rendering this is probably rising damp, so you need to find out if there is a dampproof course. In a Victorian house this is likely to be a layer of slate.
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Postby richjturner » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:24 am

Thanks stoneyboy, I'll have a look.
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