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Help with problem caused by poorly fitted window

Postby Emily » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:43 pm

We have recently had a visit by a surveyor due to changing our mortgage. The surveyor has pointed out that due to a poorly fitted window (which has now been replaced), some damp has got inbetween the brickwork, and over time it may force the bricks out. Although he said it is nothing to worry about at the moment, it is worth dealing with now to avoid any future problems.

He has recommended putting two pins through the brickwork to stop it moving out and as I am due to decorate the room, I thought I would get it done.

Apparently, he said it is a simple job which I can do myself..... Can anyone assist? What is the name of this problem and how best can I underake the work? Any advice would be welcomed.
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Postby tucny » Fri May 04, 2007 9:55 pm

Dampness is unlikley to make the bricks move. Its more likley that th eold poorly fitted windows allowed some penertrating dampness, which in turn has weakened the mortar and this will create loose brickwork.

Repointing may work if the bricks arnt loose. However if they are loose removing them and resetting them using a sand/cement mortar may work. Or tieing them to stable brickwork using wall ties which isnt the easiest job if you have no experience.

Its difficult to say exacly what to do without seeing the problem. Try looking in the directry on here to see if theres a builder or wall tie/ strapping specialist. they may be able to talk you through it.
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