Advice Centre Topics — Structural Problems

Out of control trees and shrubs, cracked drains, leaking rainwater goods, missing roof tiles; these are just some of the things that may lead to structural problems in older buildings if not addressed.

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Crack in Wall

I own a three-bedroom bungalow in the country with a lovely garden. I have recently noticed that the rear garden wall is in need of some repair. There is a vertical crack which currently extends across the whole height of the wall. It has penetrated the bricks in some places and the mortar in others. I am concerned that the crack is a symptom of subsidence. Am I exaggerating the potential dangers?

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There is water under my house what should I do?

My husband and I recently purchased a house. Our neighbours informed us that there may be water under the house. This neighbour had recently discovered water under his property and had informed the previous owners of our property. However, nothing was done. Recently I took out a section of the floorboard and it does seem that there is water under the house.  What impact will this have on my property and what do I need to do to minimise its impact?

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Bad vibrations

I live in a small terraced house in Dublin that is about 120 years old. My main concern is when vehicles outside go by, I can feel the house shake. My bedroom doorknob makes noise and sometimes in bed I can feel the house shaking, especially when larger vehicles go by. 

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Cracks in walls

In 2006, I built a four-bedroom house and was informed by the buildersthat as the property settles some cracking would occur. Cracking did start to appear over some windows, doors and ceilings. Over the years I havefilled in these cracks, but they always reappear. The house is on an incline and I recently noticed a small hole under the property. Is the problem subsidence? 

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I have a problem with the seals in my new front door and am getting nowhere with the distributor

A few weeks ago, I purchased a new front door together with two side panels from a very reputable Irish distributor of Danish-made windows and doors. They also fitted the door. It came with a 10-year warranty. The door has two rubber seals acting as draught excluders. Then they found a “bigger” seal and fitted it but the gap is still the same. After complaining again, I have just received a snotty email basically telling me where to go. What is my best course of action?

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How do we go about soundproofing a fifty year-old semi detached?

Any advice on soundproofing a fifty-year-old semi-detached house? Noise from our neighbours such as doors banging, creaking floorboards and raised voices is particularly annoying in the bedroom. Due to the cost we are considering only soundproofing the main bedroom. Is it worthwhile to soundproof one room or is it only effective when the entire adjoining side of the house is treated? Any advice on other issues or good companies to use? Are there standards companies should meet?