Cracking where the party wall or partition wall meets external walls is a common problem caused by a lack of connection between the two walls.
Often the connection between the two walls is just a cement fillet which provides no connection or protection against outward movement.
In order to tie the two walls together we utilise the twistfix bed joint reinforcement by chasing out the external bed joints, drilling into the partition wall and chasing into the internal partition wall providing an L shaped tie resisting any further movement. The cement fillet is raked out to a depth of 80mm and injected with twistfix cementitous grout providing a permanent solution guaranteed against failure for 10 years.
Bulging walls in period properties are a common defect that are often seen along the gable and flank elevations of a property. This defect is especially common in Edwardian and Victorian properties but is also evident in properties of all ages.
Bowing walls should not be regarded as ‘just the way it was built’ this is a serious structural defect that will require a structural repair solution in order to prevent further movement or complete failure.
If the bowing in the wall is only at the levels where the floor joists run either into or alongside then this is more than likely to indicate that lateral movement also known as outward movement has occurred.
Lateral movement occurs when there is no connection between the masonry and the floor joists or stair case allowing the masonry to move independently. In order to prevent further outward movement you must provide a connection between the two.
Newman’s utilise Twistfix lateral restraint ties which are an 8mm stainless steel tie which are installed externally through a 12mm hole in the masonry into the floor joist. With a concealed resin fix to the masonry we are able to tie the masonry to the floor joist which restrains any further movement.
In modern properties or buildings constructed with a cavity wall then the bowing if not confined to the floor joist levels only could indicate that there are other structural defects such as wall tie failure which will need to be assessed.
Out lateral restraint schemes for bowing walls can be guaranteed for ten years covered by an IGL insurance backed guarantee. Contact us today if your property is showing signs of outward movement.
One of our first survey’s of the week to this listed property in the high street of Maidenhead, Windsor.
The brick tower is suffering from lintel failure and the flank elevation has bowed and cracked due to lateral movement following the demolition of the neighboring building.
The brick lintels will be reinforced using Twistfix helical bars and Twistfix 450mm CD dryfix pinning ties, the lateral movement will be stabilised using Twistfix lateral restraint ties install in to the existing parallel floor joists along the flank elevation.
Following the structural repairs the new development works will continue as planned, to find out how we can help with your building and structural repair needs contact our head office on 0333 444 0154 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org