Signs Your Building Needs Brick Restoration
Buildings can go between 50 and 100 years before they require professional brick restoration services, which can make it difficult to know when a restoration should be performed. Of course, there are plenty of external factors that can accelerate the deterioration of stone, brick and mortar. Here are some things to look for to know whether or not your building can benefit from Maverick Masonry Company’s masonry restoration services.
Portions Of Brick Are Covered With White Powdery Substance
This is known as efflorescence and it is usually caused by excess moisture building up in the brick wall over a long period of time. The moisture inside the brick carries soluble salt or dissolves salt from the surrounding mortar. As the salty moisture moves to the outer surface and evaporates, the salt is left behind in this white, powdery deposit. It’s an indication that the wall is not drying properly.
Diagonal Cracking In The Bricks
Cracking can be caused by a number of different things. The most common culprit is a deteriorated shelf angel. If a shelf angle is failing, it is applying a ton of pressure to the veneer wall. Over time, this creates a very dangerous situation as the bricks are holding more weight than they can handle.