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Use Tuckpointing to Protect Brick Buildings From Spring Showers

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Use tuckpointing to protect brick buildings from moisture and water damage this season.

Tuckpointing is an essential part of maintaining durable and attractive brick buildings. Tuckpointing is especially necessary in preventing water damage and structural issues. Over time, mortar joints in brick and stone walls can deteriorate, leading to cracks and gaps that let water into the building. This intrusion can lead to significant damage, including weakening the entire structure and the growth of mold and mildew. You can count on the masonry experts at DelPrete Masonry to provide tuckpointing that protects brick buildings from spring showers. 

What Does Tuckpointing Mean? 

Tuckpointing originates from the process of tucking or packing mortar into damaged joints. It is a meticulous process that calls for skill and precision to ensure that new mortar is applied smoothly and evenly and matches the existing color and texture. Proper tuckpointing improves the structural integrity of the masonry and enhances its visual appearance. Tuckpointing is necessary for maintaining brick and stone structures over time. 

The Risks of Water Damage

Effective tuckpointing is critical for preventing water from seeping into the building and causing long-lasting damage. Mold can develop, and the freeze-thaw cycle may lead to more cracks and deterioration. To mitigate the immediate and long-term risks of water damage, tuckpointing can protect brick buildings when they strengthen the mortar right away.

How to Avoid Water Damage

There are several steps property owners can take to prevent water damage throughout the spring and summer. 

  • Regular Inspections: Call DelPrete Masonry for regular inspections of your property. The experts can identify signs of mortar deterioration and give you time to address those issues before further damage develops. Delaying repairs can exacerbate the problem. 
  • Waterproofing: Consider applying a waterproof sealant to the masonry surface after tuckpointing your brick building. This layer of protection can prevent water penetration and increase the longevity of your repairs. 
  • Proper Drainage: Ensure your building has adequate drainage systems to direct water away from the structure. Gutters, downspouts, and grading can significantly help reduce the amount of water that comes into contact with masonry. 
  • Consider Landscaping: Maintain landscaping around the building to prevent excess moisture buildup around the foundation. Don’t plant shrubs or trees too close to the building, as the roots can damage the foundation

Call the professionals at DelPrete Masonry for advice on protecting your brick buildings from water damage this spring. 


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