Everything in life, that is under the sun experiences wear and tear; even things built as solid as masonry. Start to pay attention to your home or building and at some point require some work to be done on it and would show signs. These warning signals may be caused by the walls being exposed to harsh conditions, ranging from water to heat, and when this happens, there usually is a need for Masonry work to be done on the house.
As a home or property owner, there would be times (though not always) that masonry work would be required of whichever property you own or reside in. Most times the signs aren’t evident. You can’t expect your house to always spell its issues out to you, sometimes you just have to get your sherlock holmes cap on and find out the signs yourself.
In this article, we would explain to you the top three signals that suggest you need masonry/concrete work done on your property as soon as possible.
What are the Top 3 signals you need masonry/concrete work done?
With some materials, it’s easy to notice cracks and chinks in the wall whilst with others, it’s not quite a walk in the park, especially when it comes to tough materials like concrete and bricks. But in this post, we would be providing you with the hack on how to know that you need to get some masonry work done on your property.
Vertical corner cracks
Vertical cracks are the least problematic type of foundational fractures, yet they are a signal that masonry/concrete maintenance is needed. However small or insignificant they might be, there is a possibility they have extended to the foundation of the property, and we wouldn’t want that.
This type of signal is typical of and results from organic expansion. Over time when property expands and contracts due to heat and cool, fractures occur. Not pronounced at first but it becomes visible after some time and immediately should be worked on.
This kind of signal that needs Masonry/Concrete work is a relatively simple brick repair for a mason, such as one a masonry long Island and concrete company in Nassau county can fix. They usually do this using two methods:
- injecting urethane or epoxy to seal the crack or
- adding an extension joint to relieve the corner’s stress from natural expansion.
Both are relatively not very expensive and can save you a lot of hassle that would arise in future if left unchecked. Also, it is very pertinent not to try to undertake this on your own. However simple it might seem, a wrong application could quickly escalate and cause more issues later on.
Over time bricks especially tend to crack and break off and sometimes just merely shift and reposition themselves in such a way that when the elements beat on them(especially rain), it seeps into the building.
Shifting and cracks are characteristic of brickwork and this is usually common with buildings that have been left unchecked for a long time. When bricks shift, they reposition themselves from where and how they were initially placed and allow for openings in the brickwork.
Repointing usually involves repacking the mortar used to hold each brick together in order not to allow for spaces and also re-racking the bricks to sit how they should on the wall. In this repair using mortar is important and the type of mortar to be used should also be considered to match the bricks being used. The process is usually made up of removing old mortar, removing excess dust, adding in the mortar from the top down, repositioning the bricks and filling in the virtual joints.
A good mason company, such as our concrete company in Nassau county, or masonry contractors in Suffolk county, will typically correct the damaged masonry or concrete when contacted for repointing and this is not a very expensive or tough task to do but can only be handled by professionals like them.
Bowed brick (bulging brick)
As the name suggests, a bowed brick has its edges either concave or convex. This means that the wall has either “bowed-in” (bent inwards) or “bowed-out” bent outwards. This type of fissure is quite subtle and not very easy to notice as opposed to cracks and is usually more detrimental as it suggests that the brick or mortar around that area is weakening.
Bowed brick is usually caused by moisture finding its way into the brick, lessening its structural integrity and making it a bit difficult for the brick to carry the weight hence the caving in or out. Elongated periods of holding this moisture could go on to pose serious issues if not checked and is most common with clay-fired bricks. Bowing usually occurs in the middle of the wall simply because the edges are stiffer and when expansion occurs the middle of the wall takes on the effects more.
To fix this, masonry companies could opt for adding wall anchors to help keep the walls in check or run steel beams through the wall and anchor them to the footing of the foundation. And the least intrusive measure would involve using fibre strips that can be added to support the wall not to keep bowing.
Fixes like this are what a masonry contractor in Suffolk county would help you with without so much of a hassle.
If your walls are made of brick or stone, this expose should have got you all caught up on what to look out for to initiate a concrete or brick repair job on your property. Check for obvious signs of damage, like bowed bricks, compressed bricks, and vertical corner cracks, as described earlier. If one or more of these signals are present, masonry/concrete work is needed. Always remember that when it comes to working on your property, just as your own body, it’s always wise not to self-medicate. Call a doctor, leave it to the pros and give yourself some peace.