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Lazy Leadwork

The vendor of this property had recently paid a contractor to clear her gutters and gulleys. They seem to have overlooked this one!

Rainwater from the rear roof slope of the main building discharges into this box gutter via the downpipe at the top of the photo. Not only had this box gutter been poorly constructed with no incline towards the scupper, but the lead flashings hadn’t been adequately chased into the brickwork.

lazy leadwork

Our recommendation? Rip it all out and start again.

A Good Dressing Down

We felt these lead flashing were generally well dressed down onto the tiling, however, a closer inspection with binoculars showed that they were poorly finished at the eaves. Sadly rainwater doesn’t just fall vertically and driving rain will quickly lead to ingress through gaps like this. Following our trail of suspicion, we tested the wall of the front bedroom and recorded high damp meter readings internally.

dressing down

A relatively simple repair was recommended but the major cost will be the hire of the scaffolding tower to access it.

Crazy Paving

Tiling on suspended timber floors rarely works and this is the result if it’s laid badly. The owner of this property was a builder so he should have known better. Ceramic tiles are brittle and as the timber floor below flexes under load, they are bound to crack.

crazing paving

If you have your heart set on a tiled floor, please lay it on 18mm marine plywood that is securely fixed to the floor joists below.

A Poor Finish

The contractors who built this extension clearly hoped no one would peek through the loft hatch. Not only is there loose and poorly finished wiring all over the place but where is the insulation? They threw a bit in one corner and then left. And where are the hoods for the spotlights?

poor finish

The owners of this property must have wondered why their heating bills were so high!

Moving Away from your Neighbour

This vertical crack to the shared gable end of two houses set alarm bells ringing. We climbed into the roof space and found that the crack extended through the wall to the full height. We then looked at similar properties along the street to see if there was an underlying defect.


There was no evidence of this and the crack appeared to have formed some time ago. We recommended a helical bar and resin repair to the crack.