Bricklaying Question

What would cause new brickwork dwarf walls and edging around a rasied flower bed to loosen and crack along the grout lines between the bricks causing a need for the brickwork to be re-done

5 Answers

foundations not deep enough and not enough ties in flowerbed wall

Answered 14th Apr 2012

Jason Wright Property, Maintenance and Joinery

Member since 26 Mar 2012

By new,do you mean last few months? Could be a number of things but frost springs to mind.Ask your builder/bricklayer what has happened.

Answered 14th Apr 2012

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

Cold weather when mortar was still setting.

Something alot of people dont know is that the cement in the mortar can also be affected by the soil that has been used to fill the flower bed in. E.g. If there is Sulfate in the soil and Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) has been used, sulfate eats it away. In this case Sulfate Resistant Portlant Cement (SRPC) would be needed.

Sulfate reacts with tri calcium aluminate which is present in most cements. Any work where the mortar, concrete etc comes into contact with Sulfate, a SRPC should be used.

Answered 11th Jun 2012

Greaves Building

Member since 10 Jun 2012

Are there sufficient outlets for water release within the flowerbed/walls?

If not this could be one of the causes because of build up of water behind and forcing the brickwork to move forward.

This is very common with retaining walls and raised beds, there should be sufficient outlets for the release of the built up of water installed into the wall, similar situation to an overflow in your sink in the house.

Answered 28th Oct 2014

Target Construction

Member since 17 Feb 2014

Bad workmanship basically because if it was done correctly by a good bricklayer/builder this would not happen buy cheap buy twice if you know what I mean

Answered 30th Sep 2015

Ashworth Construction

Member since 7 Apr 2015

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