Cavity & Wall Tie Inspections

Our high tech camera equipment allows us to be able to take a detailed look inside the cavity of your building. Failed wall ties can often be a common issue on old buildings but hard to access, our equipment allows us to access these areas with ease and diagnose and repair any issues you may be having.

Wall ties are structural components used in the construction of cavity walls, consisting of two separate layers of masonry. Typically made of materials like galvanised steel or stainless steel to resist corrosion, wall ties connect the inner and outer layers of the wall, preventing them from separating or moving independently. They play a crucial role in maintaining the stability and structural integrity of the wall, especially in the face of external forces such as wind or ground movement. During construction, wall ties are horizontally inserted through the outer layer and extend into the inner layer, effectively tying the two layers together and ensuring they function as a cohesive unit. Proper installation and spacing of wall ties are essential for the overall safety and longevity of the building.

Regular checking of wall ties is essential to ensure the ongoing structural integrity and safety of a building. Over time, factors like weathering, corrosion, and building settlement can affect wall ties. Corrosion, particularly in coastal or industrial areas, may weaken the ties, compromising their ability to connect and support the inner and outer layers of the wall. Settlement and ground movement can also impact the alignment and effectiveness of wall ties. Insufficient or improper installation during construction may lead to inadequate performance. Regular inspections help identify signs of deterioration or failure, allowing for timely maintenance or replacement. Neglecting wall tie checks can result in structural issues, such as wall instability, cracks, or even structural failure, posing significant risks to the occupants and the overall safety of the building. Regular assessments are a preventive measure to address potential problems and ensure the long-term durability of the structure.

The time required to repair wall ties can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of damage, accessibility of the affected areas, and the specific repair methods employed. In many cases, repairing wall ties involves a multi-step process that includes identifying and accessing the damaged ties, removing or replacing them, and ensuring proper installation of new ties.

For minor repairs involving isolated sections of wall ties, the process may take a few hours to a day. However, more extensive repairs or those involving multiple areas of the building could take several days or even weeks to complete. Factors such as the need for scaffolding or specialised equipment, coordination with other trades, and weather conditions may also influence the overall repair timeline. It’s essential to assess each situation individually to determine the specific requirements and expected duration of the repair process accurately.

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We are based in Southampton but cover Hampshire including: Winchester, The New Forest, Hedge End, Fareham, Portsmouth and beyond.

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