Another property that we were called in to help with, had insufficient support, which meant that there were cracks which had formed due to movement. We installed tie-rods throughout the building. These have been used throughout history to reinforce the masonry structure and to absorb outward pressure. Long metal bars are installed from one side of the building to the other through the floor joists in order to connect walls back together.
You can often identify a property that has this by the S-brackets which are anchor plates on the outside. These also come in other traditional decorative shapes. In addition we also had to stitch-in brickwork. This involves putting helical bars into the brickwork which are secured with a specialist type of mortar. This is a solution for weaknesses and cracks, and gives the brickwork more strength.