The process of ‘settlement’ is often the root cause behind masonry-based issues. This refers to a structure’s parts undergoing disruption or distortion because of unequal pressure and compression at the foundation. For proper alignment, a building requires equal pressure from the soil (the earth) surrounding it.
This is common in colder climates because of the thawing and freezing cycle that occurs. Sturdy, well-maintained masonry is crucial for your home’s outer layer. Buckling, damage, or cracks can bring massive problems like damage to the interior walls, air or water infiltration, and generally, compromise your home’s structural integrity.
Top 5 Causes of Masonry Damage
Opting for extra processes that are not normal can also lead to damage. A few examples of damage are merely cosmetic, while others are structural and quickly become a safety hazard. For homeowners who aren’t experts in masonry, it can be difficult to detect issues. Even if they try to do it on their own, it can quickly be dangerous. Hence, it is necessary to hire an experienced person.
If you do not plan routine maintenance, inspection leaks will go unnoticed by the naked eye. After all, you cannot spot a leak faster than an expert. The bricks will suffer from water degradation if you fail to take proper measures in time. Corrosion can also contribute to this, but when you live in an area where winters bring freezing temperatures, scratches will be severe. Water freezes when it expands. If the masonry has water, it will suffer from damage when the water freezes. Waterproofing and adequately sealing your masonry prevent such harm, but only if you avoid all leaks.
Some cracking is merely the result of the structure’s makeup. As buildings settle, it is common for cracks to emerge. Likewise, as the building material itself contracts plus expands in different climate situations, it may break.
Breaking can be capable of causing effects that lead to trouble with the field gun. In these cases, a qualified stonework service provider or masonry has to replace or repair the field gun to secure and prevent any future cracking in the bricks. The best method to stop breaking is to hire a stonework service provider to examine the structure and grasp any cracks rapidly before they turn into a significant issue.
Staining is roughly always the result of water-related damage. Water moving through the stonework is noticeable from the outside as dark marks. The masonry or stonework looks wet as it is wet. Stain appearing is a cosmetic problem. However, stains in the masonry also highlight that the structure may experience water damage soon.
Deluca Masonry Construction has extensive knowledge and experience in making masonry repairs and related issues. Our experienced team will estimate the damage to the masonry structure and perform any required repairs, so your masonry remains durable and appealing. Contact us today by filling out a contact form or giving us a call at 781-269-9709.