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3 Signs Of Mortar Damage

Bricks are among the most durable construction materials. Unfortunately, the mortar that holds bricks together isn't designed to last quite as long as the bricks themselves.

Water can leave your mortar in poor condition. You must address mortar problems quickly to ensure that your home remains structurally sound. In order to invest in timely repairs, you need to be able to identify mortar problems quickly. Try looking for the following tell-tale signs of mortar joint damage when inspecting your brick surfaces in the future,

1. Discoloration

The color of your mortar can tell you a lot about the condition of each joint. You want the mortar to have a consistent color across the entire brick surface.

Areas of discoloration could indicate water infiltration. As the water seeps into the mortar itself, mold and mildew can form. These substances alter the appearance of the mortar by causing it look stained.

Evidence of discoloration in your mortar warrants the help of a masonry joint inspector, such as those at G.H. Erickson & Son, to determine the severity of the water damage.

2. Cracks

Another visual indicator that the masonry joint in your brick surface may be deteriorating is cracks within the mortar. Exposure to the elements over time can cause masonry to start deteriorating.

Cracks form when the mortar starts to dry out. Dry mortar can no longer keep connecting bricks in place, compromising the structural integrity of your brick surface. Cracks also serve as access points for water, leaving your brick surface susceptible to water damage.

3. Blistering

Mortar that is in good condition should be smooth and flat. Inspect your mortar joints for any raised areas. These raised areas are referred to as blisters, because they resemble the blisters you might get on your feet after a long hike.

Blistering occurs when water becomes trapped within an air pocket in the mortar. If you don't have blistering mortar joints repaired, the water could freeze and expand. This will cause your bricks to shift and put your brick surface at risk of total failure. The condition of the mortar joints can tell you a lot about the condition of your masonry. Inspect your brick surfaces often, paying close attention to the appearance of the mortar. Any irregularities in color or smoothness should be taken seriously.

Mortar inspectors can be called in to help you determine the extent of the damage and to identify any damaged areas you might have missed during your own visual inspection.

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When my wife and I were looking for a new home, we only had a few homes to choose from that were within the district we wanted our children to attend. That made it tough to find a home that was "perfect" for us, but thankfully, we left room in our budget to make changes to the home we bought. Thankfully, the home we bought was large enough for us to live in during the renovation process, although we did have to make our children share rooms until we added that bedroom we needed. We learned that careful planning is important to ensuring the final result of your renovation projects is exactly how you want it, and we dedicated at lot of time to planning. We learned so much during the process that we wanted to make a blog to share our tips and experience on!