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Cracks in brick walls in 5th floor apartment

Sun Feb 07, 2016Total posts : 4
Raghu Kumar Akkala
Raghu Kumar Akkala
Join date: Feb 2016
Topic: Cracks in brick walls in 5th floor apartment

I purchased apartment in 5th floor which is top floor in 2008.  In one bed roo, cracks developed vertically. In another bed room, cracks developed horizontally. I got removed plaster near cracks and did patch work two years ago. But cracks developed again. In third master bed room, there are no cracks at all. How can I get removed these cracks permanently. I expert advise. I live in Vijayawada.
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Tue Feb 09, 2016Post  #1
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)

Join date: Mar 2008
Dear Kumar
        In walls there are two types of cracks one in plaster second in masonry joints or in bricks. These are due to settlement of wall.Some repair method is given

Repair Cracks in Masonry Walls

Two types of cracks are seen in masonry walls i.e.  A. Crack in mortar joints of walls.  B. Crack in bricks/Diagonal Cracks  

A. Repair cracks in mortar joints of walls

Remove mortar

The mortar should be removed from cracked joint with the help of iron tools at least up to 25 mm depth. All loose material should be cleaned from cracked portion.

Wet the surface and apply cement mortar

Cracked portion must be kept moist at least for 24 hours before doing repair. Fill in the joints with cement mortar of coarse sand in 1:4.

Do curing and finishing

After filling the joints with cement mortar, keep the repaired surface wet at least for 3 days. After drying the surface, finish the repaired area according to the adjoining area.
 
 

Crack in Wall

 

B. Repair cracks in bricks/diagonal cracks 

Remove broken bricks

Before doing any repair of cracks, make sure that the cracks are stabilized and are not widening further. Remove broken bricks by scratching cement mortar from the joints gently.
 

Prepare the surface

All loose material should be cleaned from the portion by brushing and washing. Wet the surface 24 hours before application of new plaster.

Fix new bricks thoroughly

Lay fresh cement mortar with coarse sand in 1:4 and fix new bricks. Fill all joints around bricks with mortar tightly with the help of iron tools. 
 

Do curing and finishing

The repaired surface should be kept moist up to 7 days.  When surface is dry, it should be finished according to adjoining area. 


 
Sat Mar 05, 2016Post  #2
JAI PRAKASH
JAI PRAKASH

Join date: May 2014
Please follow as suggested.

 
Fri Jun 17, 2016Post  #3
singhvishal1689
singhvishal1689

Join date: Jun 2016
Mr. Gupta’s suggestion is quite detailed and informative. Adding to this, I feel, the polymer used to seal this is also an important factor. Since breaking everything and adding in new bricks and stuff would cause lot of debris and cost, filing the cracks should be the best option. I have used Roff crackfill in the past to fill cracks of about 4 mm in the plastered surface on the walls of my house. It not only has fixed the problem but the filler has remained intact for over a year now.
 
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