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How Often Should Masonry Maintenance Take Place?

Post by : Admin

12-Apr-2020

Brick exteriors will never go out of style. They bring a historical element to buildings and fit in well with natural surroundings.

Homeowners use masonry for exteriors walls because they are energy-efficient, strong, offer great resale value, and are incredibly durable. That being said, the lifespan of your brick exterior depends heavily on the degree of maintenance and weatherproofing measures you implement.

Check out these tips on how to preserve your bricks:

Clean Them Regularly

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While bricks don’t get dirty easily, they can use a quick wash now and then. You don’t need to scrub them with detergent, but you can hose them down with a strong spray of water to remove dirt lodged in their crevices.

Keep an eye out for mold and mildew in areas that don’t get direct sunlight. If you find any, remove it using a bristled brush and solution of bleach and water (a cup of bleach for every gallon of water).

While cleaning, remember to use a brush with plastic bristles, because the metal in wire brushes can leave residue and cause discoloration.

Check For Signs of Water Damage

Water damage can really do a number on your masonry. The two main causes of water damage in brick walls are “rising damp” (when groundwater surfaces and leaves a tideline at the bottom) and when rainwater makes its way into tiny cracks.

After water seeps into cracks in the bricks, it freezes; it then expands and contracts with changes in temperatures. All the expanding and contracting weaken the brick and cause it to crack and crumble.

Even in the case of rising damp, after the water subsides, the salt from the groundwater stays in the cracks and crevices of the bricks and speeds up the deterioration.

If you notice water damage on your masonry, you should consider calling professionals to take a look.

Tuckpointing Brick

Your bricks are put in place using a mortar mix. However, due to exposure to the elements, mortar joints become weak and get damaged over time. As a result, the bricks that are held in place by the mortar can get loose.

If you’ve noticed loose bricks in your walls, call masonry experts for tuckpointing; this is when weak mortar joints are refilled to prevent further damage.

Masonry technicians will first remove damaged mortar and apply fresh mortar to secure the bricks and keep them from falling out.

If your masonry is showing any of the above problems, consider getting masonry experts to take a closer look and assess the damage.

Creative Masonry & Chimney provides complete masonry, fireplace, and chimney services in Connecticut. We are rated as the best masonry contractor in CT, trained in masonry building and repair; our services will ensure your masonry lasts for many years.

We serve Granby, Bloomfield, Simsbury, Avon, West Hartford, Farmington, Bristol, and other nearby areas.

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