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RICS Home Surveys Information Sheet
Building/ Structural Surveys
Measurement with a spirt level suggest that the top fifteen course of bricks lean out 150mm from above the point at which two large longitudinal structural roof timbers bear into the wall. The top ten course of the wall are of single skin construction and particularly vulnerable to further movement. The the likely cause of the leaning wall is failure to restrain it at the time of construction.
Reccomedned demolishing the top fifteen course of brickwork and rebuild them with a 225mm wall tied together with either bricks laid across the wall or metal ties. Straps set into the centre of the wall can be secured to the roof structure. The straps can be secured to the existing longitudinal timbers and to planks screwed across and perpendicular to the rafters just below each side of the apex. 18mm x 120mm x 2.4m floor boards or similar would suffice.
Bespoke reports covering a specific building defect.
Often required by purchasers or insurers concerned about fractures or obvious past movement of properties, or existing building owners considering making an insurance claim or requiring reassurance of fractures of other movement that is recently noticed.
These matters can usually be dealt with by a short visit and letter reducing fees considerably compared to a full building survey of a property.