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Brickwork Damage in Larder at Lower Level Than Rest of House

Postby giggsy85 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:03 pm

Afternoon all,

I live in a 100 year old Victorian terraced house and we are the end of terrace house.

Under our stairs - plan attached - we have what I would call, or what it is used for, a small larder space which drops down from the remaining ground floor level. To explain this you for myself - with no building knowledge or background - you step up once into the house and you step down out of the house at the back door.

The larder space is therefore at a lower level than the remainder of the house and it has a small stained glass window out into the side return.

We have a lot of stuff stored in here so I don't often pay much attention to it, however upon clearing it out recently I notice some of the paintwork crumbling away from the brick. I left it alone, however I have now noticed that it has worsened considerably and some of the face of the brickwork at the lowest level has crumbled away - photos attached.

Does anyone know what is likely causing this and how I might rectify to avoid any major issues going forward? I had someone mention that it might be because it is below the DPC level?

I have also highlighted another area in the dining room where wallpaper has started to crumble and some mould appear - is this possibly due to condensation or is it a larger problem? The gable end walls are always very cold, especially when the cold weather comes along, and we did have a mould issue in our bedroom before we removed the built in wardrobes. Being a proeprty of this age I am guessing they are solid walls.

Many thanks in advance.

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