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Gap between 2 houses

Discussion in 'Building' started by Eyeron, 20 Aug 2019.

  1. Eyeron

    Eyeron

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    Hi

    Hi I recently moved into a new house and there a 30 to 80mm gap running down the side of mine and a neighbours house. To make matters worse, a squirrel has made a home in my ceiling and gaining access via the gap in the external wall.

    My question is will there be any consequences if the gap was filled. As I would have thought it would have been filled when the extension was built.
    Will it cause any issues regarding condensation or ventilation?

    Thanks

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  2. blup

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    Speak to your local building control officer as there may/will be fire safety implications for physically joining the two buildings.

    Apart from anything else there are also implications for the value of the property if it changes from being a (just about) detached house to a semi or terrace.

    Blup
     
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    How was you planning to fill the gap?
     
  5. Eyeron

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    Thanks both for the reply.

    The house is semi detached. The gap is from the extension on the the 1st floor. The ground floor has had an extension as well, maybe at an earlier date but there's no gap.

    I have already had pest control around and they placed a cap over a hole between end fascia butted against the wall. You can just about see the cap in the photo below the satellite. I thought the job worked but 3 months later the squirrels are back. I have now seen them enter/leave via the gap. They'll driving me nuts, hearing them chewing on the pipes, timber and wires.

    Even though the gap is unsightly, I can't really seen it from my side. My main concern is stopping the squirrels. I was thinking of maybe using expanding foam as a temporary fix. Not sure if it'll last long if they're desperate to get back to there nest.
    Or getting a professional to render or fill the gap by some other means? Unsure whom would be the best tradesman for the job?
     
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