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.
When our client first contacted us, the facade of the circa 1860 cottage located in Western Victoria had never seen a traditional restoration. In over 150 years, weathering and general deterioration of the mortar jointing, also known as pointing, was highly evident.
Before Restoration, the c.1860 Bluestone Cottage in Western VIC was run down with most of the Mortar Jointing missing
Although the stone was in very good condition and with clear indication that it was very well built, mortar repair and repointing was integral in rejuvenating the old bluestone structure.
The client was extremely happy with their new entrance. The repointing method used was traditional ribbon pointing and it lasts for a very long time.
Here is a before and after of another aspect of the same building. A massive improvement.
Period Home Restorations should last for a very long time despite being exposed to harsh, even acidic conditions in today’s climate.
Contact Mason & Maker through melbournebrickrepair.com or vicrestorations.com for further detail on how we can help with your period home renovation project.