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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:10 pm 
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Hi all.

Looking for some reassurance and advice. Went to see a house a few days ago which was built around 8 years ago. Downstairs seems to be fine but upstairs I seen a few things which I didn’t like the look of too much. I have never came across this before so don’t know what’s acceptable and what isn’t. I know “new builds” do have movement and settling but I don’t know how much.

It looks like there’s maybe been some “filling” done before all though not very well.

Is this just superficial?


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I did extend my house over 10 years ago and had similar to what I see in your pics. The brick layer, foundation, plumber and electrician were first class but carpenters and decorators were r*bbish. Plaster/skim crack is normal but the coving/beading, not very clear, is a bit strange and poor finish. Have a look from outside to see any crack on outside walls. Survey will show if anything serious.


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I think the coving is straight plastic corner thingme stuck on to hide the gap. Botch up of the first order. Poor finish all right but what else is there but not obvious yet...


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i wonder if they have removed a wall underneath and the upstairs floor is sagging
if this is the case the floor near the walls each side will have no or minimum gap and mid span will have the biggest gap :dunno:

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If it’s superficial then I don’t mind getting a plasterer in to sort it out however I am wondering if it’s something more sinister. As I said the house is max 8 years old. A home report (all be it) a basic one was done and they noted nothing in it but doesn’t mean I trust it.

The outside walls had no cracks at all in it and it’s painted roughcast type finish so it would certainly show a movement of some sort.

Is frustrating to see.


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big-all wrote:
i wonder if they have removed a wall underneath and the upstairs floor is sagging
if this is the case the floor near the walls each side will have no or minimum gap and mid span will have the biggest gap :dunno:



Nothing like that. The house layout right now is exactly as it was when it was built. I managed to pull out an old brouchre for the site.


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If it is plastic thing stuck as per @OchAye then this is done later for some reason, builders don't put plastics unless cowboy

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This can happen when here has been a lot of stuff in the loft or someone walking about on the thin ceiling joists. The joints crack and some lasher has put a load of pudding in it. Where there is one bodge there may be others and it looks like a poor original build anyway.

My advice is always walk away if it does not look right or feel right and this doesn't. :thumbright:

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I actually think I know why this is like this. I found it odd the issues I saw were not right along one section of the house upstairs or a corner of the house etc

From the areas affected I can see that all of them are in and around shower areas of the bathrooms. There are 3 bathrooms upstairs and all the areas I seen this problem in are specifically around the shower areas - either in the same bedroom or adjoining bedroom. Again the hole bedroom is not affected, it’s spefically the section of the bedroom closest to the shower area.

I noted in the shower areas someone has DIYd silicone in them as it’s on thick and very much looks like with a finger on. There are 4 adults that live in the house that prob shower daily and I think st some point it’s leaked and was eventually sealed. 2 adults and 2 kids - largish home

Looks like the issues are probably due to water ingress which caused expansion and swelling which has now probably dried up.


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