Although masonry structures can last a lifetime, there can also be a variety of factors that lead to premature deterioration. If your business masonry structures are looking worse for wear, then you might have considered repairing them. But what about cases that are too bad to salvage? Here are some signs that you might need masonry demolition.
Sources of Moisture
The leading contributor to masonry damage is moisture. Almost always, excess water leads to erosion, which is like the water gradually eating away at the brick or concrete by dissolving and flushing out its natural materials. Even if your masonry structure is not too far gone, you should look for the source of the moisture; there could be a bigger problem, like a slope in the grade of your property, that is encouraging moisture accumulation. If that is the case, then you might need to have the affected structure demolished in order to correct the issue. Simple repairs will not remedy a problem beneath the surface.
It’s natural for there to be some cracks in your masonry structure over time. But if you do spot these little cracks, then it’s best to have them repaired before they can grow. Cracks in masonry allow water to seep in, and the water pressure will gradually expand the cracks, especially in winter, when the water freezes. If your masonry structure has significant cracks that are numerous or very pronounced, then it could be beyond repair.
Masonry deterioration can affect the core structure, which can be dangerous. A clear sign of this is unevenness; sloping sidewalks, a sinking corner, or bricks that look like they’re coming out of place. If you notice your masonry structure looking uneven, then you should call a professional masonry contractor to see if it is because of structural deterioration.
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