• Otto Wilkens

Brick Repair

Winter damage to look for in the spring:


So look around your house after a rainfall and ensure the eavestroughs are functioning and not allowing any water to spill onto the bricks. And see if the landscaping, including sidewalks, is sloping away from the house, so water isn’t pooling against the walls. Nothing much you can do about chimneys getting wet, except to ensure the chimney cap overhangs the edges so the water drips off onto the roof, and doesn’t flow down the chimney. Brick replacement is not cheap n the saturated bricks freezes and expands, shattering the bricks. This is what causes the surface of the bricks to “spall” ( break: brick, rock, stone, or concrete) into smaller pieces ).

So look around your house after a rainfall and ensure the eavestroughs are functioning and not allowing any water to spill onto the bricks. And see if the landscaping, including sidewalks, is sloping away from the house, so water isn’t pooling against the walls. Nothing much you can do about chimneys getting wet, except to ensure the chimney cap overhangs the edges so the water drips off onto the roof, and doesn’t flow down the chimney. Brick replacement is not cheap so it is best to maintain them yearly.

- Otto







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