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Porous copings & inadequate pointing- new property
Jan 24th, 2021, 10:12pm
 
Porous copings & inadequate pointing- new property

I have a new build property. Wish I didn't but I have now. Built 2 years. It's become evident that last two winters the pointing/mortar in the garden walls is inadequate (brushes out in summer and is saturated with water in winter and is now crumbling away). I can remove it in places with my fingers. Looks a real mess and wall is saturated with water. Bekstone stone house and walls.

Garden walls have been capped with once-weathered coping stones - the stones themselves are porous!! Unbelievable! They soak up the water and it travels down through the sandy mortar making mortar and stone very wet. Joints between copings is poor mortar too and really joints are too wide.

3 questions:

1. If I have walls repointed to replace the poor sandy mortar where needed, remove copings and put membrane beneath copings & then seal copings with stone sealant will this solve all my problems?
2. An upper part of a wall was re-pointed recently beneath copings (see 1st pic) no membrane and remember copings are porous)). Since it's been re-pointed but the coping issue has not been addressed the wall is even MORE wet and it's massively noticeable. How would re-pointing have affected this? How can I dry the wall out?
3. The same wall has been repointed with a very dark mortar recently and I noticed, before the upper stones were saturated that these stones had become a different colour to the yellow colour of the stones beneath. They are now a grey-yellow. So, I have two bands now of stone colour!! Why has this happened?

Developer does not want to know but I'm in my 2 year period still but they tell me the walls meet minimum standards just wear and tear. Obviously rubbish.Back wall saturated Back wall 2Side wallClose up
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Re: Porous copings & inadequate pointing- new property
Reply #1 - Jan 25th, 2021, 8:30am
 
Difficult to see exactly what’s wrong here. Obviously you have two types of pointing, a strong cement mix for the lower part of the wall and a very dark mix for the top. Looks like some of the dark mortar has got on the face of the stone but I could be wrong?
As for you questions.
1 probably not. It’s not normally necessary to put a membrane under the coping and I’m not a fan of stone sealants, they can make the stone look dirty. You shouldn’t need to do either of these things.
2 I don’t think that “porous” coping is your problem. It looks like they have used two completely different mortars to build the wall and I would think they need to take the wall down to the line of the strong cement and then build back up with the same strong mix. However
3 if the dark mortar is just pointing they could rake out the dark pointing and repoint it with the same strong cement mix. Looks like they may have got the dark cement they used to point all over the face of the stone and that would need to be mechanically removed, possibly with a wire brush?


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