CRACKS IN BRICKWORK MELBOURNE
One of the most common building defects which can easily go undetected is cracks in brickwork.
Where an inspector’s expertise is vital is in determining whether a crack is minor and part of an ageing house, or is instead a reason to be alarmed.
- Exposure to harsh environmental conditions (e.g. drought or flood)
- Poor quality workmanship when the building was constructed
- Signs of damage
- Age of the building
- The building’s geographic location
- Different soil types
- Other signs of building defects such as jamming doors and windows, uneven floors, the sub floor structures condition, and more.
- Vertical cracking
- Horizontal cracking
- Stepped cracking
- Diagonal cracking
- Cogged cracking
Using these factors alongside measuring the cracks in the bricks make it possible to determine a rating of the severity of the cracking, and accurately attribute the cause of the cracking in most cases.
Frequent causes of brickwork cracking are:
- Sinking foundations usually caused by environmental factors which have caused the building to sink over time, and caused it to pull away from the rest of the building.
- Over time, the force of built-up soil, tree roots, and water movement can affect a retaining wall and cause brickwork to crack.
Our building inspectors provide a severity assessment which considers the location, number, length, and width of the cracks to identify if cosmetic, minor.
Remedial work is needed or if it is more serious, a structural engineering solution would be needed to determine an appropriate course of action to prevent further cracking, and offer a permanent fix.
A building inspection which focuses on cracks in brickwork will help to put your mind at ease and stop you stressing.
A qualified building inspector will carry out a thorough inspection and provide you with a written and insured report which details the type of cracking found, the cause of the cracks, and also some recommendations about how to repair the cracking.