Three Signs You Need Masonry Repair
Masonry is a highly durable type of construction material, but bricks and stones are not completely immune to damage if exposed to the elements and constant weather fluctuations. Damaged masonry on the exterior of your home can cause all sorts of complications for your property by allowing moisture and temperature to seep into your home where it can cause damage and reduce comfort levels. Understanding some of the warning signs associated with worn or broken masonry can help make it easier for you to determine when you need to get in touch with a masonry contractor.
The first but also the hardest to notice sign that your masonry should be repaired is if you notice that the mortar between the stones or bricks has begun to dry out and crumble. This is an indication of the general age of your masonry, which means a professional inspection cannot hurt when it comes to assessing the stability of your masonry surface, but it also means that individual bricks and stones are not properly supported any longer and may begin to shift and crumble on their won. Usually the solution is as simple as replacing the mortar before such damage occurs, but if your masonry itself has been affected repairs may be more extensive.
A fairly obvious indication that you should talk to a contractor about repairing your masonry surface is if you can spot signs of cracking in the masonry. Even small cracks are a serious concern, as they can allow water to get behind the masonry and enter your home. Not only can moisture cause water damage and mold growth, it can undermine the support of the drywall, plaster or other surface that is used as a supporting structure for your masonry. Furthermore, water that becomes trapped in a crack and is allowed to freeze can quickly cause that crack to grow in size, causing your masonry to begin to crumble.
Bulging and Uneven Surfaces
Finally, one last thing to watch out for is the presence of uneven areas developing on your masonry's surface. Masonry that bulges outwards, or even caves inwards, can point to structural issues that are causing the underlying support for the surface to degrade. The bulging or caving sections are effectively the masonry in a slow-motion collapse, and if allowed to continue without proper repair work, will actually cause the entire surface to fall apart – especially since those bulging or caving sections support other parts of the wall as well.
Speak with local masonry services for more help.