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Posted By Donna Hovey on 10.Nov.2014 in Brick Repair, Minor Brick Repairs, TuckPointing


This information is aimed at helping you to pinpoint problems with your brickwork on your home and learn what needs to happen in order to fix them. Improper brick maintenance will allow moisture and air to enter into the interior walls causing structural instability and possible damage. At our initial inspection, we will look for missing mortar in between the bricks, popping out mortar joints, sagging brick and window sills, brick walls that are bowing, in addition to deteriorating mortar joints.

In the event that mortar is missing between the brick you will need to have an in depth inspection of all of your brick work on your home. Our tuckpointing inspections include taking pictures of the affected areas and then magnify them on a computer screen allowing us to take the time needed to note all problem areas.

Noticing popping mortar joints will also happen in this visual inspection. You will look for one mortar joint not having congruent surfacing with another. These popping joints will eventually completely fall out.

The way we inspect brick walls for bowing or sagging is to approach the walls up close, look straight up the walls and then you may visually see a bow. Another indicator are small cracks forming around the windows or doors and traveling a few bricks length. These are called stress cracks. Stress cracks are caused by installing windows in brick. The lintel structure above the window that bears the weight of the bricks over the window or door may become deteriorated in time no longer properly supporting the weight of the bricks. Stress crack are also caused by settling in the foundation walls which is usually caused by incorrect water runoff.

Bowing brick walls are most often caused by improper laying of brick, insufficient tuckpointing that allows interior of walls to deteriorate, and broken or missing cable ties (stars).

Inspecting mortar joints can easily be performed by running your finger along the mortar joint. If a sandy substance falls off of mortar then the mortar is old and in need of replacement.

It is our hope that you find this information helpful. You can always contact us for an inspection of your home.

Give us a call at 705-725-8378 for all your tuckpointing and masonry needs.



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