Archive April 2013

Lintel Failure, Lintel Repair

Lintels come in various designs and are constructed from different materials but all carry out the same task; to support a structure above them within an opening.

Lintel Failure is a common structural defect amongst properties of all ages and constructions and Newman Building Solutions regularly carry out lintel failure surveys in order to establish the extent of lintel failure and the risk it poses.

Lintel Failure London
Lintel Failure London

Lintel failure can lead to the collapse of the masonry it is supporting with catastrophic effect. Lintel failure is often recognised by diagonal stepped cracking which is similar to subsidence but should not be confused as subsidence.

Lintel Failure, Diagonal Cracking
Lintel Failure, Diagonal Cracking

Traditional methods of lintel repair are costly and time consuming with many builders believing the only way to restore the structural integrity is to remove the lintel prop the masonry above and rebuild it.

Using modern methods of repair Newman Building Solutions can repair lintels by installing Twistfix Helical rods installed in the bed joint above the lintel creating beams above which support the masonry. With fast curing resins lintels can be propped into their original position and fixed saving the aesthetics of the property and time and money.

Author: Jon Newman
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Categories: Lintel Failure

Subsidence Repairs

Subsidence is a common structural defect which puts structures in serious jeopardy and at risk of collapse.

Subsidence is common across the South East of England and in areas where the ground conditions are formed up of clay. Clay absorbs lots of moisture during wet periods causing it to swell and lift the foundation and once the ground dries it shrinks back to its original state or smaller which causes the foundation to drop.

Subsidence Repairs

There are other causes of subsidence such as vibration from machinery, road traffic, trains etc. As well as vibration other factors such as changes in the water table, failed drainage or incorrect foundation types and depths.

Newman Building Solutions are specialists in carrying out subsidence repairs using bed joint reinforcement and piling solutions in order to repair structures with minimal disruption.

Subsidence Repairs Oxford

Here is our latest subsidence and structural repair solution for a recent project in Oxford.

Author: Jon Newman
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Categories: Current Projects, Subsidence And Heave