Building Surveyors Ltd conducted an inspection of a Whickham-based detached house, as the client had concerns regarding internal and external cracking. Following inspection, we discovered a defective rainwater gulley adjacent the cracked area, as well as a below ground drain pipe directly opposite the area. Recommendations were made to replace the defective gulley and to conduct a CCTV drainage survey to see whether any defects were present in the drain pipe that may affect the building’s foundations and, in turn, cause the cracking.
The CCTV survey identified a number of defects to the drain pipe which were believed to be factors contributing to the cracking. Remedial measures have since been undertaken and crack monitoring to date indicates the movement has now ceased.
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