Mortar Joints should be checked periodically for fine cracks or signs of shrinkage. Reporting may need to be done in order to reduce moisture penetration into the cavity, if there is noticeably extensive deterioration.
Weepholes are an essential part of masonry, and are usually located at the bottom of the brick wall, just above the foundation. At the bottom level, the mortar is left out of the vertical joint every few bricks, to produce openings for excess moisture to drain out. Weepholes should not be covered or filled.
Weather Proofing Masonry
Brampton Brick’s genuine clay bricks reduce the effect of wind, snow, hail and sleet on everything inside your home, making it an ideal all-weather exterior. Brampton Brick does not approve the use of waterproofing sealers, which may reduce the durability of the brick through water retention.
Keeping Water Off
Modern wall design involves a vented, rainscreen approach to keep moisture-free. Some of the aspects of design include: proper drips and capping to deflect water from the wall at roof/wall and sill/wall interfaces. Keep eavestrough clean and connected to ensure that water is diverted away from masonry.
Window / Door Maintenance
Brick masonry work around windows and doors need special care. Caulking joints around these areas must be inspected on a regular basis, because elastomeric caulking compounds tend to deteriorate over time. Also, the caulking must be replaced when necessary to avoid excess moisture in the wall.