Bricklaying Question

Should newly laid cement be sealed?

My neighbour next door has just had an extension built. To do this, he was by law allowed to use up to 1m of my ground, which included taking out some paving stones from my patio. His new build is within 4" of my patio. In place of the original slabs, which he put in a skip, he has laid cement, very thinly. When I look at it after all this rain, it is dark coloured and apparently full of water, also patches of damp have spread up his wall.

Do you think he should have sealed this cement, or made it damp proof in the mix, or even made it 2" thick, because my original slabs were 2" thick. If I approach my neighbour, what do you think I should advise him to do, both for my own patio and also for his new extension wall? Thank you, Rene.

2 Answers

"by law"? mmmm which law?
Do you have a Party Wall Agreement?
Sounds more like the builder has caused criminal damage to your property.
This is all wrong! Tell your neighbour to sort problem not the builder! Your property should be rectifiied back to how it was before the builder did all the damage.

Answered 15th Oct 2013

JLM Architecture Limited

Member since 5 Sep 2013

Yes agree with jlm, should have a party wall agreement in place, and most definitely your neighbour's problem, not yours. Tell him to get it fixed, not cemented paved.

Answered 15th Oct 2013

ADR Property Maintenance

Member since 1 Mar 2009

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