Our cable end(brick build) is very open to the weather and gets the rain and
wind a lot.
We have rain leaking in through the top of the landing window and ive looked
outside but there no holes in the briickwork, the seal around the window and
frame are solid without holes or cack and the only thing i can think is that
the rain is soaking through the exterior brcik and pointing.
If we get the whole gable rembdered would this stop the problem ? or are
there any other menthods one can use.
Most likely just needs repointing, and maybe only localised.
Has the window ever been replaced -- might be wrongly installed.
I wouldn't consider rendering unless the wall is in a very bad
state and beyond simply repointing. Rendering itself can cause
damp problems as it ages.
Water appearing at the top of a window might be leaking in much
higher up, possibly the roof, and running down inside the wall
until it meets an obstruction.
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Thanks for the info, the windows never been replaced and i a in atual doubt
as to whether there is a lintel in there!
The pointing doesnt look too bad but to be honest id never even though it
could be that, ill check it out and give it a look.
The strange thing is when its been raingin the bricks and pointing above the
window dont look wet, we had the facias done about 2 years ago and it has
cappings over the tiles etc, its actually got worse as the years have gone
on and was there(but not as much) before we had the facias done.
Just to update on the leaking gable end, now the rains stopped i noticed
this patternt when the briicks were drying out. The leak is on the inside of
the wall actuall ABOVE the window and its leaking in through the
plasterboard at the top of the window.its is sealed fine there on the
outside where the window meats the bricks.
The bricks are drying out and it looks like the pointing is fine by the
window but around the sides and below doesnt look great. anyone shed a bit
more light on this ?
picture of gable end below
If your gable ends faces the prevailing elements the bricks and joints get
saturated in heavy rain and allow water through to the inside of the
brickwork. This then runs down and if it hits a lintel or window it will
find its way in. By the looks of your photo, I would say the brickwork is
getting saturated. Check all the pointing is sound and then apply two coats
of a good quality silicone fluid. We have in the past had the inside
blockwork out in a property and watched all the rain pouring through the
outer leaf brickwork.
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