Whether you are looking after your commercial masonry structures or the brick walls of your own home, having an inspection is a key step in addressing any possible issues. But what does the inspection process look like? Here are some of the things that you can expect from a professional masonry inspection.
It’s good practice to take a look at your masonry structure once each season for any signs of trouble. And, if you think that there could be an issue or aren’t sure what to look for, then you should call a professional. Some of what a masonry contractor will look for during an inspection include significant cracks, unusual stains, open or loose joints, unlevel surfaces, and more. Even something as small as stray weeds can point to bigger problems.
Sometimes the problems found during an inspection only require simple maintenance to fix. You might need to have your masonry structure cleaned, for example. You can clean the brick yourself if you want, as long as you don’t use power washing or harsh cleaners, or you can trust a professional if you are concerned about damaging your brick. Cleaning your brick usually involves knowing which type of brick you have in order to treat it with the proper cleaners.
Repairs & Restoration
Generally, masonry repairs and restoration should only be done by a professional. Masonry repairs can include filling in or replacing brick joints, or changing out the bricks themselves. Some restoration projects involve resurfacing the bricks or treating them with an acid wash. If, during the inspection, the contractor finds an issue that needs repair, then it’s best to take care of it soon. Otherwise, water can seep into weak spots in the masonry and make them worse.
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Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.