Botched Lintel - allowing Damp in Bedroom Front Wall causing Mould on Blinds

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  1. GRBASF

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    Can anyone advise me?


    The lintel supporting some new bricking up of window (done many years ago) is obviously too weak and causing sagging, thus allowing a gap between brickwork and plastic window frame.

    The whole wall o the fron bedroom shows signs of damp ingress and the window blinds have mouldy markings.

    As I cannot afford (I am a 79 year old pensioner) I was wondering if some kind of expandable filler could seal the gap, alternatively a steel insert to try the rei-inforce the weak lintel.

    I will get in a tradesman to rectify, but any advice would help so I don't get ripped off!

    Thank you in anticipation of any helpful suggestions.

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    Sounds like it could be water penetration or condensation perhaps from thermal bridging, or both.
    What kind of lintel was it? Was the cross section a kind of top hat shape, or a capital I? Does the window have trickle vents or do you open it every day for a while? Is that bedroom in use for sleeping (ie breathing out rank air). Where is the radiator in that room and is it on?
    Some photos outside and in would help, and any you have from during the work or before.
     
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    Post a picture from the inside and outside showing the frame and area of wall above.
     
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    The radiator is on the opposite wall near the entrance to the bedroom. We keep the window open during the day, and also use a de-humidifier.
     
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    You have a condensation problem for sure. I can't see any evidence of water penetration - ie water running down the frame when it rains.

    You need to throw anything mouldy away, and clean any mould from the walls and ceiling with a sterilising solution. Clean up condensation on the windows and cill morning and evening, and then read up on condensation prevention.

    You can point that external crack up with silicone if you like.
     
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    Thank you"Woody" and "wannabeDIY" for your prompt and informative replies.
    Judging by the water I am emptying from the De-Humidifier regularly there is a condensation and higher than acceptable Relative Humidity content in our lived in and heated bedroom. I hope the pictures helped you to see the problems I'm facing, perhaps a longer shot of the sagging lintel and brickwork would highlight the difficulty experienced with our mould growth on the widow blinds and on the wallpaper on the external wall.

    Apart from silicone filler can I ask a tradesman to reinforce the brickwork (done many years ago to reduce a very large window which was unsuitable for our N.E. climate.)

    Again thank you in anticipation of your further suggestions,

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    If you mean that the dehumidifier is running when the window is open, it will try to dehumidify the world. It will fail.

    A dehumidify can dry a room if the doors and windows are shut.

    If you have a domestic fan, you can angle it to blow air across the damp wall, this will help to evaporate water off it, which the dehumidifier can then remove from the air.
     
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