Brick masonry is a beautiful and durable method to use for any project. While brick is very long lasting, there are still maintenance and repair concerns you must take into account. By following these four simple tips, you can ensure that your brick will have the longest possible lifespan.
Avoid Moldy Bricks
When your masonry is in an area that stays fairly moist, like spaces away from sunlight or near vegetation, they can quickly develop a layer of mold. When this happens, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. A simple mix of bleach and water can be used to treat the bricks and kill the mold without risking any color changes or damage. It is important not to use a wire bristle brush and to saturate the bricks with clean water first so that the bricks do not absorb the bleach.
Fix Water Damage Quickly
You might be surprised to learn that bricks can be subject to water damage. In fact, water damage presents a fairly serious threat to all masonry. Not only can water issues cause the structure under masonry to shift and move, but it can also cause cracks to the mortar over time. There is no real way to protect bricks from water damage, although a sealant can be used to prevent some of the visual signs.
Repair Crumbling and Damaged Bricks
When you notice any structural issues, such as crumbling or damaged bricks, quick repair can be essential. This should be done by removing the damaged bricks, cleaning the surrounding area, and then replacing them to maintain the structural integrity of your masonry.
Don’t Use Abrasive Cleaning Methods
Overtime brick can build-up a layer of dirt and grime that it may cause it to lose some of its appeal. When this happens, you may find yourself tempted to try cleaning with a method like sandblasting. However, this method and some like it will cause more damage to the brick than you might expect. Because of the way bricks are manufactured, they tend to have a harder exterior than interior; if the outer layer is blasted away by sand, this interior layer can become more prone to damage.
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