When working with unstable structures – ones that are typically affected by water ingress over many years – you need to call on a contractor that engineers solutions for structural repair and home renovation.
Some walls don’t look bad from the ground but…
…close up can provide for a more indepth assessment
melbournebrickrepair.com has many years in providing solutions that work. We work with many clients that are eager to not only fix their family homes or investment properties but want to be assured that the work is being carried out safely in a method which minimises risk.
Our clients know and appreciate the effort that we go to in order to provide this service
When propping roof structures, all assurances need to be provided, as appreciated by our many clients whom benefit first-hand from our safe brick demolition and reinstatement methods. We are vigilant in providing a safe working environment for, not only our staff , but also for your family and neighbours. We work with you to provide the best solutions that are supported by our qualified structural design team.
For structural assessment and remediation of your masonry (clay brick), concrete, and stone houses and buildings, contact melbournebrickrepair.com.
Noticing the presence of mold/ fungus on your walls inside your house, dampness on your cornices and floor coverings such as rugs or carpet? Odds are, whether you are living in an older house or not, if the dampness is located down the bottom of your internal walls or on your floor/ coverings, you are experiencing the effects of rising damp.
No amount of additional air movement inside your house will prevent and minimise the effects of rising damp.
From the ground up, you will need to repair soft brick which hold additional moisture, replace and reinstate any defective, soft or missing mortar in between the brick and install a permanent barrier to lower the effects of water rising up the wall and into your floorboards and internal plaster wall linings.
Also, increasing airflow under your house will help to prevent excess amounts of moisture and the consequences encountered. Subfloor ventilation in the way of ‘passive’ air vents or ‘active’ motorised fans can help keep the air moving.
Soft brick being replaced on an Art Deco 1920-30 build located in Reservoir, north of Melbourne
The above photo indicates the process of removing soft brick that is a so commonly experienced from rising damp.
Whilst repointing will help to prevent water ingress into the wall and internal cavity, without replacing soft brick, your wall will still be harbouring moisture. The only way to remove this issue, is to replace the brick. Rendering soft brick can sometimes have a detrimental effect as the mortar used to patch the brick can also harbour moisture if not installed properly.
All clay bricks will deteriorate. This is inevitable. And as such, maintenance of your brick house cladding will be ongoing into the future. Stay on top of it and contact melbournebrickrepair.com for further information.
Is your Chimney Stack looking a bit worse for wear? Fix it with Melbourne Brick Repair…
The state of your chimney is important. Not only does it make your heating more efficient, it can also be dangerous. Chimney maintenance is a very important task and one that shouldn’t be put off!
Image showing chimney stack peeling away from house and bend as a result of loosing mortar
After removal, the chimney stack is rebuilt and aligned so the any future movement can be addressed with the chimney plumb in vertical again. This will make re-pointing more cost effective the next time you service the mortar
Contact melbournebrickrepair.com for free quotations. For express service, send through a photo of your chimney to our Mason & Maker Document Upload Portal. All you need is your Google account to sign in and you can upload a photo of your chimney stack so that we can provide pricing quicker.
With 12v low voltage conduit poking through the brick piers, under pathways and driveways, each pier is made from solid brick and was rendered without any trim– the old fashioned way of squaring your rendered corners.
The 15mm thick lime render is finished with a special mix utilising a smaller particle size. This enables the sharp corners to offset a smooth rendered finish.
As a finished shot, the piers were painted, in-filled with timber slats and light fixtures placed on top.
Here some of our other fences we have completed over the years;
When looking to repair a Victorian-styled brick house or structure, which are very popular both in Melbourne and Sydney, mortar repointing with lime mortar should be the only option.
Too many times we have seen hard, cement based mortar repairs cracking bricks, and making the “Brick Tuckpointing” method obsolete. Mortar Repair of brick and clay masonry should be as sympathetic as Stone Restoration or Repair.
Before and After Repointing/ Brick Repair with Lime Mortar
Sympathetic Restoration of 130 year old Brick and Mortar should be the only method used. Brick Tuckpointing damages heritage brick, making the eventual repair restoration more expensive.
Next time, contact melbournebrickrepair.com
Here’s a Sneak peek of our latest restoration project — More to Come…