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In the entry of this residential basement there were three lintels that were corroded and swelling.
The masonry work above the door, in the center of this picture, was being pushed up so much that the tile
floor in the house above was cracking from the pressure.
Before - Two lentils above doors and one over walkway
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Any masonry work that spans an opening (i.e. windows,doors) is resting on a lintel (excluding arches).
If non-galvanized steel was used for construction then chances are it's causing problems for your masonry
if it's in a moist area or the north side of a building (typically the side that stays damp).
The corroded metal, while being unsightly, continues to swell which causes the masonry to crack. Open masonry
joints will allow water intrusion. The cure for the patient is a lintel replacement with galvanized steel.