Brick Home? Signs The Exterior Masonry Requires Repair

Posted on: 19 March 2020

Brick homes are known for being sturdy and low-maintenance. It's true that you don't have to scrape and paint brick as you would wooden siding. And brick does not easily succumb to UV damage like vinyl siding, either. However, brick is not entirely maintenance-free. At some point, brick does require repairs, and it's important to recognize the need for repairs early on.

To that end, here are some signs your exterior brick masonry needs work.

1. The corners are cracking.

It's pretty normal for brickwork to develop cracks here and there as time goes on. You don't have to call in a mason at the first sign of cracking. But if the corners of your brickwork are cracking, you do need to arrange for repairs. Cracks at the corners can impact the stability of the brick wall. Your home may start sinking down in that corner, and you may notice water coming into the basement after a storm. You will need to have the corner bricks removed, replaced, and then re-mortared. If the damage has been present for a while, you may need to have the sinking corner of your home jacked up.

2. Bricks are crumbling and compacting in certain areas.

If you look at the walls, does it look like some of the bricks are being crushed and compressed? This is a sign that the wall is not supporting the weight of your home evenly. It will only get worse and drive your interior walls out of alignment if you don't take action. A brick mason can jack up part of your home, redistribute the pressure, and replace the bricks that have been crushed.

3. Missing mortar.

The mortar between bricks often breaks down before the bricks themselves start deteriorating. It is okay if your mortar is looking a little crumbly and chipped, but if there is actually mortar missing from the joints, that's another story. The mortar is what holds everything in place, and without it, your brick wall is one step away from crumbling down. A masonry expert can remove whatever remains of the damaged mortar and pack new mortar into its place, which will re-stabilize your wall. 

Check on your brick walls once or twice a year, and take note of any damage. If you do notice any of the issues above, don't delay calling a brick mason to make an appointment for repairs.

To learn more, contact a masonry contractor.