The problem with masonry is there’s no set time limit when restoration is needed. Instead, manual inspections must be done to determine when you’re going to need some work done on any kind of masonry. When you have a brick or stone house, there’s going to be quite a few visual symptoms present that tell you something needs to be done.
The thing about masonry work though is that there’s usually not a lot that needs done. When it comes to most home renovation projects, usually an entire room needs replaced which is very time consuming and can be expensive. With masonry, something such as a damaged brick or stone piece really only needs to be grinded and repaired, along with the surrounding units right next to it.
All you really need there is a matching mortar and a way to put damaged units back into place where they originally were. However, while that may sound easy, it’s not as easy as it sounds and should be left in the hands of a professional or else, you’ll end up damaging your foundation. That’s the last thing you want, assuming the damage is done near your foundation. Most of the time, damage done to masonry is because of a blunt force impact caused by a number of things and can be easily repaired. However, there are those occasional times when some more serious work will need to be done on damaged property and this is far more involved.
So, what do you do when there’s points in time when more serious repair work is needed for some masonry? How do you even tell when that point is? Some of the key signs of masonry falling apart and needing a complete restoration include showing discoloration or showing some crackling and chipping. You might even start to notice mortar crumbles or cracks. Most of the time, this is because certain elements of the mortar are coming under fire from elements inside of the home. The weather can also do this over time if not treated properly without appropriate drainage.
The main cause of this though is moisture. Moisture is very dangerous to a home, inside and out. You never want to let moisture linger or build up too much inside of anything, especially masonry. There are also more rare occurrences such as foundation failure due to poor construction that can also cause this to happen. Most of the time when the foundation is to blame, you’ll begin to notice that there’s some bricks that seem to be trying to escape from the building. They’ll often try to slide away from the other brick units.
This is what gives some decaying buildings those stair like effects with the bricks. No, it’s not on purpose, its due to a rotting or poor foundation work. A foundation and the bricks or stone contained require a lot of upkeep to have a long and healthy lifespan. If you neglect them, you will feel it within 5