Do You Need Brick Repair Services?
Brick is beautiful, and here in the Metro Detroit area, it’s everywhere. Brick walls and chimneys often look solid enough to last for centuries. However, our cold winters and hot summers can be tough on brick and mortar structures. If they are kept in good repair, they can last for generations. But, if problems are not addressed right away, brick walls and structures can crack and even collapse.
If you think you have brick that needs to be repaired, you need to call an expert right away. We do not suggest trying to tackle the repairs yourself. It’s almost always less expensive have brick repairs done early rather than waiting for the problem to worsen. If you wait too long, you may have to rebuild the entire structure.
Causes of Brick Damage
Brick walls and other structures can be damaged through heavy impacts, faulty construction, or most commonly, through moisture.
Over the wet winter and spring months, water is constantly hammering away at the masonry that joins the bricks together. If moisture is able to penetrate the masonry, even just a little bit, it will begin to weaken the masonry. If moisture freezes, it expands and can push bricks loose.
Brick repair can be as simple having some tuckpointing done & replacing a few loose bricks. But, if the damage is extensive, the repairs may include partially rebuilding part of the brick structure.
The type of brick repair that is needed will also depend on if the brick wall is a structural (load-bearing), or if the wall is a veneer (decorative).
Signs You Need Brick Repair Services
How do you know if you need brick repair services? Here are some common signs that your brick walls of structures have issues that need to be addressed right away by a professional:
- Bowed or bulging brick. Your bricks should all look straight. If your brickwork looks like bricks are bending or bowed, or if some bricks look they are ready to pop out, you need to have the wall looked at right away.
- White discoloration the outside of the bricks. This is called efflorescence. It’s more than just a stain. It’s a sign that too much moisture is collecting in the masonry.
- Cracked, shaling, or spalling bricks. (you will see small pieces of brick have fallen away)
- Bricks that have moved or shifted.
- Leaning structures
What Happens if you Don’t Repair Damaged Brick and Masonry?
Brick issues will not get better on their own. Even seemingly minor issues like discoloration or small cracks can quickly get out of control. Brick walls are designed so that each brick contributes to the structural integrity of the entire wall. Damage to even one brick makes the entire wall weaker.
If the problem is due to moisture, changes in temperatures can cause the damage to worsen due to the expansion & contraction of the freeze/thaw cycle Michigan weather brings. If you don’t have your brick repaired, it can lead to an entire wall collapsing.
This is especially dangerous of the wall is a load-bearing one.
What Does Brick Repair Cost?
Each brick repair job is unique. There isn’t a magic formula which is why an on site inspection is necessary. However if the brick has been neglected for a long time or the wall is a load-bearing one, the repairs can be more expensive.
We, at Easy Home Improvement can provide you with an inspection & a quote.
Don’t put off having an expert look at your damaged brickwork.
Would you like a Brick Repair Quote? Call Us Today at 1-844-444-EASY