It is important to check for evidence of moisture, decay or deterioration in any building materials and identify any cracks in brick and block work and cement render.
Are there construction joints in place to allow for movement, shrinkage and expansion and are they sealed to prevent moisture or vermin entry?
Ventilation bricks and weep holes should be clear and unobstructed.
Missing timbers, mouldings or putty in gaps between boards can lead to increased moisture and decay and affect the internal linings of a house.
Bulging or uneven boards could indicate a moving frame.
Garden or earth banks against a wall can lead to moisture to the wall frame and wall plasterboards and can change the condition of the foundation material around the slab.
Moist areas also attract white ants/borers.
What to look for:
Who to contact:
If you require advice about the condition of the brickwork or blockwork contact a licensed bricklayer, licensed builder or structural engineer.
Cracks in a brick or block wall that are 3 to 5mm or larger, may need to be inspected by a structural engineer to determine if the wall is of a load bearing nature.
Just remember that the condition of the brickwork is only one of the numerous areas of a house that needs to be checked before buying or selling – the easiest way to do this is by purchasing a Building & Pest Inspection Report.