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Old 02-25-2019, 06:47 AM   #1
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What Could Be Wrong?


This is a new build house - 8 years old. The mortar is really eroding between the bricks, green bricks and lots of black spots on bricks. Getting concerned whether it is structurally sound. What would you do/advise a homeowner should do? Survey? Get mortar mix analysed and go to NHBC for claim? Thank you. Gemma.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:57 AM   #2
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Doubt if the NHBC will be interested in the pointing after 8 years. Looks like it's had a lot of moisture(something like a leaking gutter), so you need to look at that first.

Looks like it's been repointed at one time, which is unusual for a newbuild.
Black spots are part of the bricks.

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Thanks, all walls of the house look in this condition. One wall was repointed (the one road facing and most northern elevation). No leaking gutter etc so concerned about quality of bricks/mortar allowing water penetration?
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The mortar may be poor quality. You could try the NHBC first as you have got 2 years left, or get a builder to look at it. As the bricks haven't spalled they probably aren't at fault.
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Is there a sprinkler system spraying well water on that or something?


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Definite external issue. Water, water, everywhere. Fix that, fix the problem.
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Mold?
Where is the house located? It looks like it never truly dries out.
We have a spore shooting fungi here that leaves black spots on anything it hits.
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Is anyone inside the house seemingly having allergies all the time? Headaches, excessive tiredness? Anything weird?

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