It’s common for settlement, which is the shrinking of soil surrounding property, to be the source of most masonry-related problems. When the soil loses its strength, the structure’s foundational alignment is compromised and the brick and mortar tend to break. This is more common in areas that experience a freezing/thawing cycle. It’s essential to maintain strong and properly maintained masonry to protect the exterior layer of your home. You want to limit the risk of air infiltration, water infiltration, structural damage, and issues with your interior wall by keeping your masonry in tip-top shape. What are some of the signs that you need masonry work done?
Bowed or Bulging Brick
Bowed brick occurs when the bricks of your exterior wall jut outward or cave in around a specific area. This can happen as a result of moisture being trapped behind the brick which can cause the concrete to warp or the wood or plaster behind the brick to soften. If you are noticing these changes in your wall, it’s a sign that some problems exist behind your wall.
Vertical Cracks in Corner
Vertical cracks are the least serious of foundation cracks if it’s within +/- 30 degrees of vertical since it’s unlikely that your wall will collapse. Natural expansion is typically to blame. Where vertical cracks become problematic is that they can allow for the seepage of water and can cause the brick to bulge. If the problem is not addressed, the inner wall could suffer damage. Masonry work can easily fix this problem.
Bricks that are Compacted
One of the first signs of compacted brick is a loss of its original shape, typically appearing bowed or cracked. This distorted shape can lead to a hole being created in the wall, through which water could seep. Unfortunately, one compacted brick generally starts a viral effect, causing other bricks to lose the supportive pressure to become compacted as well. Mason work can replace the impacted bricks and restore your wall.
The problem of Efflorescence and Staining
Efflorescence occurs when soluble salts rise through concrete and emit through the outer pores where it appears as stains. Factors that contribute to this include, condensation, low temperatures, moisture, dew, and rain. If it’s addressed during the early stages, efflorescence can be treated, but if left to worsen, a will likely be needed to fix the problem with mason special chemicals, such as Muriatic acid.
Deterioration of Mortar
It’s possible for the mortar that lies between your bricks to break down and either buckle and/or disintegrates, losing the healthy buffer that binds them. When the bricks loosen and friction occurs, damage, like warping ensues. This deterioration can create a hazard if not taken care of by a mason, who can reinforce or replace, for example, the mortar.
Contact Deluca Masonry in Norwood
No matter your masonry issues, let Deluca Masonry be the one to fix them for you, We are a leader in masonry craftsmanship and are committed to top-notch work and results. Don’t hesitate to call us today. 781-269-9709