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    • justry4n
    • By justry4n 11th Feb 18, 4:50 PM
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    Wet brick? Is this normal? What is this?
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    • 11th Feb 18, 4:50 PM
    Wet brick? Is this normal? What is this? 11th Feb 18 at 4:50 PM
    Hi there,
    I'm currently purchasing this house, but have noticed the bottom couple layers of brick seem/look wet? What is this, is this normal for new builds?
    https://ibb.co/nj3jMS
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    • seashore22
    • By seashore22 11th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
    It looks like a decorative brick at the base. Hard to tell from a distance. Can't you get closer?

    Edit - I've zoomed in and the bricks do look a different colour. No idea if it's something to worry about, but we have a mark half way up our house which looks a bit like that. Our house has Bath stone cladding.
    Last edited by seashore22; 11-02-2018 at 5:03 PM.
    • justry4n
    • By justry4n 11th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:09 PM
    Thank you. It's definitely wet, or something. Unsure, if it's normal for a new build house to do this. I just don't want to spend my entire Mother's inheritance on a house, if it's just going to go wrong
    • Bluebonnie
    • By Bluebonnie 11th Feb 18, 5:10 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:10 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:10 PM
    These wet bricks are probably the ones under the damp proof course.
    • Bluebonnie
    • By Bluebonnie 11th Feb 18, 5:13 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:13 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:13 PM
    At this time of year, itís Normal for ALL houses to have wet bricks at the bottom of the wall because the bricks are sitting in wet ground, itís not just new builds.
    • teamgb
    • By teamgb 11th Feb 18, 5:33 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:33 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:33 PM
    Ask the Builder for the name and manufacture of the brick. Then contact the manufacturer and request a technical sheet on the brick.

    You could also ask the manufacturer if the brick is suitable for use in this situation in writing.

    If you then have a problem( such as frost damage) you will have a good chance of making a claim.

    Not easy to tell from a photo but I think you are right to be concerned that the bricks have absorbed so much water.
    Last edited by teamgb; 11-02-2018 at 5:46 PM. Reason: more thoughts
    • Mossfarr
    • By Mossfarr 11th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
    Have you looked around at the neighbouring houses? They may all look like that.
    I would be asking the builder for written assurances that all is ok, that way if there are any issues in the future you will have evidence that you queried it.
    • justry4n
    • By justry4n 11th Feb 18, 6:12 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:12 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:12 PM
    Thanks for the replies, here are so more close ups...
    https://ibb.co/c3t9MS

    https://ibb.co/iUqZo7
    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 11th Feb 18, 6:19 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:19 PM
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    • 11th Feb 18, 6:19 PM
    Looks like damp below the DPM course with the air brick in the course above the DPM
    • Richard Overton 2911
    • By Richard Overton 2911 11th Feb 18, 8:14 PM
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    Brick coarses below Dampcoarse so not a problem.

    Incidentally bricks are porus so the whole idea of a cavity between the outside skin of brickwork and the inside skin of blockword is to prevent moisture getting to the inside skin of blockwork.If you look at a close up of the air brick theres a small tube sticking out ,this is a weep pipe/weep hole which is designed to allow any moisture to run out of the cavity.

    Quite often above the windows ,in the brickwork you will see small plastic grilles which are again called "weep holes" designed so that any moisture in the cavity can run down the inside face of the outside skin of brickwork and run out..
    Last edited by Richard Overton 2911; 11-02-2018 at 8:18 PM.
    • Amanda_Cm
    • By Amanda_Cm 11th Feb 18, 8:33 PM
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    Ask the construction company in writing. Did you touch them? Is it wet? Is too even to be damp really.
    Could be damp protective coat.
    Are there any remaining water in front of the door after rain?
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 11th Feb 18, 8:49 PM
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    None of the links work for me the moment.
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • teamgb
    • By teamgb 11th Feb 18, 10:52 PM
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    Judging by the crease marks the bricks appear to be moulded or hand made which is good and would suggest to me that they will be less prone to frost damage which is the main concern I would have.
    • justry4n
    • By justry4n 12th Feb 18, 5:55 PM
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    Thank you!
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