Brickwork cracking

Brickwork cracking is a common concern for house buyers. Suburban brick veneer houses often present themselves with brick cracking to some degree, and while in most cases the brickwork of these houses is non-structural above the floor level, cracking can be a difficult and expensive problem to rectify. Because brick veneer construction is brittle, in recent years we now construct brick veneer houses with articulation joints, which accommodate any movement in a building. Movement occurs for many different reasons, including variations in climate or temperature, movement in the frame and movement in the foundations. It is important to diagnose the severity of brick work cracking prior to purchasing and to also assess whether the defect is considered a structural or non-structural element. Melbourne House check considers the condition of all brickwork within a pre purchase building inspection. If you would like to speak with us in detail about brickwork cracking we can be contact through our website

Read our other posts on brickwork problems:

Leaning brickwalls

Cracks in brickwork

House Hunting – 2 things to look out for.

If you are house hunting, make sure you know what you are buying.

Sometimes vendor’s attempt to cover up defects. Here are 2 thing’s to look out for – Old houses that have been newly rendered and newly painted interiors.

Sometimes these improvements have been made to conceal problems, mainly cracking in walls. If you are presented with new render or new paint work, it’s important to look further.

Pre-Purchase House and Pest Inspections identify the things you need to know.


carbon monoxide check

Carbon Monoxide Check

Carbon Monoxide or CO can be deadly. It is an odorless, colorless gas that is omitted from faulty gas appliances. It is important that gas appliances in your house that produce Carbon Monoxide emissions are tested regularly.

The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

  • Headache,
  • shortness of breath,
  • nausea
  • Dizziness.

Some common products that can emit carbon monoxide when you use them are

  • Flued gas heaters
  • gas BBQs
  • portable cookers that use wood, gas or kerosene
  • portable heaters that use wood, gas or kerosene

Melbourne House Check test for dangerous Carbon Monoxide emissions.