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Wall ties

wall tieWall Tie failure may come up on a survey


What Are Cavity Wall Ties?

Cavity wall ties are usually made of mild steel and inserted in the cavity space linking the external wall of a property to its internal wall.

Older wall ties are of a flat fishtail design, whilst more modern design is twisted wire butterfly pattern. As cavity wall ties are expected to be exposed to water they are galvanised to resist corrosion. Over time, the galvanising can break down leading to wall tie failure.


Cavity wall tie corrosion is the term used when the cavity wall ties bedded in a property with a cavity wall construction corrode due to the breakdown of their protective coating. Wall tie corrosion can crack external walls.


How To Identify Cavity Wall Tie Failure

There are a number of signs to help determine if your property is affected:

•Horizontal Cracks – in the mortar, usually at high level caused by expansion of wall ties.

•Bulging brickwork – caused by snapped wall ties, which have corroded. This can make your property unstable.


Wall Ties Survey

A wall tie surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection to establish the need for remedial work.

The surveyor will:

•Complete a thorough examination of your property, inspecting random wall ties with an endoscope.

•Identify cracks and damage to brickwork.

•Provide the most effective treatment for wall tie failure.

Wall Tie Replacement

Treatment will include:

•Drilling holes in brickwork for access to wall ties (using the appropriate access equipment where needed)

•Installation of new stainless steel wall ties

•Isolation of existing wall ties to prevent further damage

•Preserving the appearance of your property – make drilled holes good to match the existing wall appearance

The Cooper Adams Monthly Residential Housing Market Report BN16 Market Review May/June 2012

Despite it being the wettest June since records began, and the continued gloomy global financial outlook, activity in our local property market remains very buoyant.

Our viewings are up 84% on last June, resulting in another month of strong sales – up 17% from May this year.

More buyers continue to come to the market and a welcome increase of properties available in the past month has helped them find a suitable home.

Increasingly more sellers are becoming aware that, due to current demand, now’s a good time to market your home and achieve a good price.

Pressure to buy has also been increased by the reduction in rental properties available; many families who were victims of the awful flooding recently have had to vacate their homes, and move into rented accommodation until repairs are completed.

With the Olympics due to start and the holiday period about to begin, it will be interesting to see if this has an affect on the housing market locally.

Disclaimer: This report is produced for general information only. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. The content remains the property of Cooper Adams under copyright and reproduction of all or part of it in any form is prohibited without written permission from Cooper Adams. Cooper Adams obtained information via Rightmove.co.uk on national & local pricing and trends. The properties were on sale by estate agents on 6th June 2012 and advertised on Rightmove.co.uk.


The full report can be found at http://www.cooper-adams.com/monthly-market-report.html

Falmer Avenue, Goring by Sea, Worthing – Success Story

5 Falmer Ave 16255001 036


% of asking price achieved: 99 %

Sold Price: £495,000

How long before the first offer: 21 days

Number of viewings: 3

Number of offers: 1

Address: Falmer Avenue, Goring by Sea, Worthing

Property type: A four bedroom detached house

Owners reaction: Really happy

July Gardening Tips

1. Time Saving Tip: Don’t start watering a newly sown lawn unless there is likely to be a drought. Once you start to water you have to do it on a regular basis or the new, young plants of grass will suffer.

2. Money Saving Tip: Start using lettuce when they are half grown. If you wait until they are fully grown some will bolt producing flower heads before you can use them all.

3. Plants growing at the base of walls tend to need more watering. The soil escapes most of the rain being sheltered by the eaves. There may be a lot of builder’s debris in the soil causing it to be free draining and impoverished.

4. Where there are children, remove the tips of leaves of yucca, especially Yucca gloriosa. They are dangerously sharp and liable to cause eye or posterior damage as you bend over.

5. Transplant leek seedlings. Don’t cut the leaves in half .Simply place them in a 6 inch hole made with a brush shaft and water them in.

6. Remove the tips of the broad beans to prevent attacks by black fly. If they are already covered with this pest pinch out the infected tip and dump or burn.

7. Clematis may be propagated now by layering a low shoot. Peg it into the ground and cover with compost.Hold it firmly in place with a large stone. The stem will be well rooted and ready for transplanting next spring.

8. If the weather turns dry this month newly planted trees and shrubs will benefit from watering. Soak the area of the roots and mulch to conserve moisture.

9. Feed the tomato plants every time you water using a high potash liquid feed.

10. July is the safest time to prune plums and cherries.There is less risk from silver leaf disease. Prune back new growths.

Courtesy http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-july.shtml

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