Total specialist maintenance are a specialist brickwork repair specialist solving defective and damaged brickwork on a national basis in vast number of market sectors.
Total specialist maintenance carry out all forms of brickwork repairs, replacement, stitching and grouting, re-casing, stabilisation of brickwork, repointing and remedial wall ties
Problems that lead to brick work repairs
Masonry deterioration is commonly related to structural movement leading cracking, spalling and subsequent penetration of water leading freeze thaw damage
Surface erosion is highly influenced by the nature porosity of the masonry and its location i.e constant wetting/drying will lead to accelerated decay
- Bridges and tunnels
- Rail industry
- Ports and marine environments
- Social housing
- Hotel and leisure
- Public buildings
- Local authorities
- Ministry of defence
Technical Questions About
Frequently asked questions about Total Specialist Maintenance Brick work repairs, for domestic, highways, rail and infrastructure sectors and technical queries regarding brickwork repairs
For any additional information that is not listed please contact our technical team
Brick repair is the remedial process of bringing damaged and defective brickwork back to its original construction or enhancing the structure. This is carried out using various masonry repair techniques such as replacement, stitching, stabilisation brickwork repointing, grouting, pining and grouting, remedial wall ties, repairing spalled bricks, frost damaged brickwork, bulging brickwork and brickwork recasing
Brick repair, often termed spalling, is when the bricks are seen to be crumbling or flaking. Brick damage is when the surface of a brick degrades over time and the brick is seen to be deteriorating. If your brickwork is no longer consisting of a flat and uniform surface, it is very probable it has experienced damage. However, for further assistance regarding brickwork repairs please contact our technical team
Brickwork damage is a very common problem that usually happens over time. Brickwork deterioration occurs due to the cycle of freezing and thawing of moisture. Degradation occurs over time, as the bricks are manufactured from clay which is a very porous material that easily absorbs moisture when they get wet. As temperatures drop in the winter months, this water then freezes and as it freezes it expands. The water within the brickwork capillaries then expand causing damage to the brickwork thus making the brickwork spall, crack and crumble.
Repairs to brickwork differ, therefore a repair solution is tailored to meet the project specific requirements. Brickwork is often repaired using the following techniques, replacement, stitching, stabilisation brickwork repointing, grouting, pining and grouting, remedial wall ties, repairing spalled bricks, frost damaged brickwork, bulging brickwork and brickwork recasing.
Cleaning brickwork is possible using a specialist jet washing and stone blasting techniques by our experienced operatives to avoid substrate damage. We would look to assess each structure and its suitability on a project-by-project basis
Although brick damage is a common occurrence on brickwork over time, there are certain measures which can be taken in order to prevent damage as much as possible. such ensuring water is properly draining from around your structure checking the waterproofing of the structure, installing suitable/additional drainage, avoid pressure washing brickwork as this can weaken it substantially, regularly inspecting, keep crawling vines and vegetation in check as they may trap moisture adding to damage.
If brickwork is cracked or distorted it is important to find out the cause.
- Look for obvious causes, such as rotten timber, leaking drainage, vegetation damage, waterproofing issues, subsidence, settlement and tree root damage.
Repairs can be carried out using the following techniques replacement, stitching, stabilisation brickwork repointing, grouting, pining and grouting, remedial wall ties, repairing spalled bricks, frost damaged brickwork, brickwork recasing, ground stabilisation and underpinning.
Mortar joints that require repointing allow water penetration into the mortar joints and into the brickwork capillaries which over time causes damage.
This can be repaired using traditional pointing techniques