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Brick happens to be a very durable, beautiful building material that
requires low maintenance and brings energy efficiency and lastly
appeal to your home. In order to protect the appearance and
longevity of your brick, you will need to periodically inspect your
brick and occasionally clean its surface.
During periodic inspections, it is important to check for signs of
moisture and other damage. Start off by searching for excessive
plant growth. Cut down all the plants, such as poison ivy, that are
close to the surface of your brick. Also, look for weep holes. Weep
holes are small holes at the bottom of the brickwork that allow
moisture to drain out of the wall. It is important to clean them out
if they are clogged.
Brick will also fall victim to efflorescence, a white, salty deposit
on the brick surface. This is a sign a water penetration. It is
important for you to clean this off with a brush and water. If hard
deposits are left, you may need to use a chemical cleaner. Power
washing is advised against.
In addition, you may also notice chipping mortar and loose/broken
bricks. Mortar can be easily “repointed” and bricks can be replaced.
Repointing requires you to remove the damaged mortar very carefully,
without damaging the surrounding brickwork. You will then apply
layers of fresh mortar in its place. However, make sure that when
repairing a wall, you choose bricks and mortar that are similar to
the existing products.