Structural Wall Repair FAQ

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Structural Wall Repair FAQ

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Q: What wall repair services do you provide?

A: There are a number of things our property care experts at Richardson and Starling can do to help repair structural damage to your walls. Our teams across the country can provide the following services:
  • Masonry Crack Stitching 
  • Lintel Repairs 
  • Overbeaming 
  • Expansion Joints 
  • Lateral Restraints 
  • Remedial Wall Ties 
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Damage occurs to masonry walls due to a number of reasons such as subsidence or movement due to structural alteration or expansion and contraction of materials.

Our teams are based across Scotland and the North of England. If you are looking for reliable wall repairs contact your local Richardson and Starling team today. Do you have a question for us? Find out more about our services below.

Q: What is crack stitching?

A: Do you live in an older building that requires property care? This is a common problem in the UK as there are many buildings that require maintenance to their walls.

Cracks appearing on walls is the most common sign that a structural defect is occurring. If this is happening to your property we would advise a property survey by a surveyor from our wall repair specialist team. At Richardson and Starling, we offer a number of services which can repair your walls including our crack stitching techniques. But what is crack stitching and how does it work?

Crack stitching is a type of masonry repair. The name may suggest what it does as it is the method used to repair cracked walls. At Richardson and Starling, we use crack stitching to reinforce the walls stability. Our team will use a number of crack stitching bars, which will be grouted across the cracks. This method reconnects the wall allowing any loads to be transferred through the masonry.

Q: How does crack stitching work?

A: Our team uses crack stitching to treat cracked masonry of any kind as it offers the ideal solution to the problem of cracked walls in order to stabilise a structure. This type of repair will not only provide structural integrity to your property but will also protect against penetrating damp at the cracked masonry. It is important that your property is protected against moisture as it may lead to a damp problem within your home and cause deterioration to internal fabric.
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In most cased your cracked wall can be fixed by localised repair works. If you are unsure if we can help you, call us today and we will talk you through the masonry crack stitching process.

Q: Are crack stitching bars the most appropriate masonry repair method?

A: Most of the properties we visit require masonry Crack stitching. Crack stitching is reliable and can be completed in a short period of time without rebuilding the existing brick or stonework. If you have a cracked wall and are thinking about crack stitching as a repair method, it will be a good and value for money solution.

Q: What is lintel repair?

A: The most modern methods of lintel repair are not only quick but in most cases can be carried out with little disruption. This common problem can occur in properties of all ages and all types. Do you live in a Victorian property? Lintel repair is very common in Victorian buildings. Failed wall structure can be extremely dangerous and it may be causing a threat to you and your family’s safety.
Our experts will be able to tell if your brick arch/soldier course lintels are failing. If they are then it is vital that you have them repaired. If the lintels in your wall are sagging, then it will cause the masonry above to drop and crack. This small problem can develop into something very serious as your property will begin to lose its structural integrity. You need to get the problem assessed as the defect could lead to a potential collapse.
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Does your property require lintel repair? This straightforward procedure can be completed by a member of our structural wall repair team. Before any work is started on your property, Richardson and Starling will carry out a physical investigation into what is causing the breakdown of the wall. After the survey, we will recommend a suitable repair specification to deal with the issue.

Our team can use a combination of ties and resin injection systems to restore the structural integrity of the lintel while maintaining the aesthetics of the wall.

Q: What are Lateral Restraints?

A: Sometimes walls start to move away from the floors in a property and this can cause bulging to the masonry. Lateral restraints tie the wall back into the floor to achieve a sound tie back for the wall and stabalises the building structure. Should your property have this problem then our surveyer require to lift floors to inspect the wall floor construction and to investigate the cause of the wall movement prior to issuing a detailed specification of repairs.

Q: Remedial Wall Ties to cavity walls

A: If the external walls of your property is made up of a cavity construction then the 2 walls will be tied together whith wall ties. Sometimes the wall ties corode or there may not be enough to stop the external wall from moving. Richardson & Starling can survey the existing wall tie condition and postion within the wall and offer a practical solution to ensure that the cavity wall remains structuraly sound to carry out the purpose it was designed to do. There are many types of wall ties and it is important that the correct remedial wall tie is used to suite the site conditions.

Q: Do you own a historic building?

A: It's an understatement to say that historic buildings are prone to wear and tear. For years we have been working with clients to help them restore or repair the walls in historic buildings.

Before any work goes ahead we will establish what the problem is and what making repairs will do to the structure. It is important that the minimum repairs are done to resolve the problem as we want minimum disruption to the existing building. The first step is for one of our Richardson and Starling surveyors to carry out a thorough survey to ensure that we understand the property and the issues that require to be resolved with sympathetic repairs.

Would you like to find out more about our services for historic buildings? Call us today for a chat and a member of your local team can talk you through the procedures available.

Q: Do you offer a structural wall repair guarantee?

A: Throughout the whole process our team will offer you honest and most accurate advice on the best way to treat your defective masonry problem.

We have over eight decades of giving our customers successful property surveys and repairs. We are very proud of our staff and achievements and are confident that we can work with you to eradicate your masonry problem.
We would like to offer all of our customers’ peace of mind that their treatment will be completed efficiently. We believe that a job done should be done well.

Did you know that our repairs and treatment are covered by guarantee? Our guarantee will be detailed in our report and is automatically transferred to new owners.

We are confident in the standard of our work that we are pleased to issue a guarantee you can trust. Our guarantee offers peace of mind up to 30-years for the treatment of dry rot, rising damp, and wet rot repairs.

Our team aims to deliver a quality service and we were awarded “UK Contractor of The Year 2016 and 2017” by The Property Care Association. Your property will be in the best hands with a member of our team.
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About us
At Richardson & Starling, we offer property owners and residents of Edinburgh, Glasgow and nine other areas of Scotland and Cumbria with property preservation services and property repair services.

Whether your home requires wall repair, damp or timber treatment, our teams are extremely respectful of our customers’ homes.

Our surveyors take care to safeguard your property before any more damage is caused. The Richardson and Staring brand has over eight decades of experience, proving that we can handle any task that has been presented to us. We offer quality services at competitive prices across all of our branches.

Our team
Leaving your property in the hands of workmen can be extremely daunting for some. We are award-winners for our customer service and from the moment a new employee starts working at Richardson & Starling, they are informed that health and safety is at the centre of every job that we complete.

We will treat your property with complete respect and your home will be in the capable hands of one of structural wall repair teams. Our induction programme makes sure that all of our staff and technicians are fully aware of our procedures and customer care aims. All of our teams are given in-depth training, making sure that they are equipped with the relevant knowledge and experience that is required to carry out a structural wall repair.

Rest assured, every site and work procedure is risk assessed before any work is started. Our contracts supervisors will visit your home during the works making sure the work is being completed safely and to the correct specification. We will keep you updated during the refurbishment work as we repair your property.

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We would like to help you with any problems in your home. Our Richardson and Starling teams cover areas across Scotland and North England. Call Richardson and Starling today and we will be able to direct you to the appropriate team for you.
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