Edwardian Brick: Rising Damp and Silicone Injection | Damp Course Installation Melbourne

As a result of drilling and silicone injection having been previously used on the above Edwardian brick heritage property, located in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington, the failure of the process is evident in that, rising damp has still occurred despite the previous owner’s intent in trying to fix the issue.

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Salt build-up behind the injected silicone is a very common result of injection which could have been avoided.

Despite the effort in trying to stop the moisture, the buildings previous owner was only trying to do what was right. The fact is that silicone injection seldomly works. It is really only for walls over 2 foot thick. It is certainly not for a heritage double brick structure. Discolouration, as seen above, affects both mortars joint and brick alike; hastening deterioration of both.

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Visible deterioration of the mortar joint has occurred above the drill lines from chemical dampproofing.

By using a physical barrier instead, this wouldn’t have occurred. Rising damp is a very hard thing to prevent altogether. In all actuality, every masonry structure will encounter some form of moisture transferral from the clay sub-found material. In the case that physical barriers are installed, the decay of mortar and brick is slowed dramatically. By also increasing airflow under the floor, you are also providing a good natural method of easing rising damp.

Contact melbournebrickrepair.com for further details on how to prevent rising damp.


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Brick Chimney Failing? Fix it with MelbourneBrickRepair.com | Brick Restoration Melbourne

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!

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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

chimney-repair-brick-melbourne-ballaratContact 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.

We restore Melbourne’s Favorite Heritage Buildings – GPO Melbourne

Whilst being involved with a major Melbourne Heritage Building Company, G.H. Veitch Stonemasons assisted with the facade restoration carried out in 2012 on the fantastic French-provinical-styled GPO in Melbourne CBD.

Let us carve your new external facade architectural stone features in Sandstone,  Bluestone or Limestone

Heritage Cottage Restoration; Brick Driveway, Arch Repair and Fence Piers

In 2013 we undertook a large restoration project in Castle Hill, NSW. 428 Old Northern Road was one of the original properties that were located on Old Northern Road, as it meanders up to Dural.

Old Northern Road is now laden with large mansions — all sporting grand views over the Sydney skyline.

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After-shot; Heritage Cottage ‘Sandstock’ Brick Arch Repair, 428 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill

The owners had only just purchased the property that year and had immediately commenced aerating the subsoil conditions due to highly reactive clay being located thereunder. This had also caused the arch pictured above to fail.

As the Carpenters were ripping out the cornices and floor boards, we undertook the demolition, brick stitching and head lintel insertion into the round arch pictured. With rendered finish the owners were impressed in the quick turnaround and approached us to renovate the 350m2 heritage brick driveway — complete with radial.

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After-Shot of brick driveway with the radial detail placed back in its original position

In addition to the driveway, and as it was all looking so good, the owners decided to go with some fairly chunky brick piers to hold up the slatted timber fence.

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Front Shot. Images courtesy of L.J.Hooker (Thanks Mr.Hooker!)

Whilst excavating in front of the cottage, we discovered a hidden path. Pictured below in all of its restored beauty.

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A new entrance deserved a new step with nameplate. We were only happy to provide these items free of charge.

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Every ‘Good Manor” deserves a handcarved sign in 24ct Gold Leaf!

All in all, the owner was ecstatic with our efforts when the property, some 3 years , sold for a large return; approximately 40%… Not a bad heritage flip!

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…and the aerial view is just as impressive..

To complete the blog piece, some ‘before-shots’…


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