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Not Knowing The Early Warning Signs of Water Damage to Your Home’s Stone and Masonry Can Cost You In The Long Run!
Do you think your home is safe from the elements? If you said yes to that question, the rest of us would love to know your secret! The melting of winter snows, temperature extremes, and the heavy rains of spring are all responsible for eroding foundations, breakdown of masonry mortar, and buildup of moisture underneath siding and stucco.
Sounds scary, but now that spring is here it’s the perfect time to assess whether the ravages of winter have damaged your home. There’s a perception that the brick and stone on a home is immune to the forces of nature, like the three little pigs were finally safe from the big bad wolf once they used their heads and built a brick house. But the truth is, a close inspection usually reveals weaknesses that have occurred gradually over time. There are many areas that need a professional examination, and some are more vulnerable than others.
Exposed Mortar Exposed mortar is the cement in between stone or brick. Cracks in mortar are a welcome point of penetration for rain and melting snow. This water works its way into the cracks, and can be the beginning of serious damage to your home.
Chimney Another susceptible area on your home is the masonry chimney up on your roof. The top cement cap usually cannot be seen, but is always vulnerable to cracking. Water damage from this cracking usually doesn’t show up until it has penetrated the roof or attic area. An annual inspection and repair can halt the continuing infiltration.
Stucco and Siding Gaps or cracks where stucco or siding meets the stone or brick on your home are also a concern. Moisture can accumulate in these areas. Sometimes metal flashings, meant to shed the water, will pull away from masonry edges and cause a gap. To prevent water damage, that gap needs to be filled.
Drainage Blocks Improper drainage is a major cause of deterioration around the foundation of your home, and is always cause for further inspection and evaluation. The brick or stone planters around your house are another area to look at as the constant watering of plants seeps into the masonry and can cause some major cracking. Efficient drainage to these ground areas is the key ingredient to enjoying a maintenance free lifestyle.
Your local masonry contractor is a vital resource for inspecting and repairing problem areas on your home. Schedule your FREE consultation with Sundance Masonry today. Putting it off for another season could mean costly repairs in the future. But the peace of mind that comes with knowing your house is protected from damage is well worth the time it takes to have us come out and take a look!