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How To Identify When You Need To Repoint Bricks

You've heard the term "safe as houses", but in reality houses only remain safe with routine maintenance. You probably think of your house as a home, but you also need to think of it as a possession. Things that break indoors, like a hole in the wall or a ruptured pipe, demand your immediate attention. The problem is that issues outdoors tend to go unnoticed, or get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. This is especially true when it comes to brickwork.

Why Repointing Needs To Be A High Priority

Brick is an extremely strong and durable material, but it’s not indestructible. Over time, the brick and mortar will start to degrade due to a number of factors. 

When the structural integrity of your home is at stake, repointing brickwork should be high on your priority list. Delaying the restoration process will only make the problem worse and end up costing you more in the long run. So, how do you know when it’s time to repoint brick? 

Identifying When  Bricks Require Repointing

There are a few telltale signs that brickwork needs to be repointed:

Brick Spalling

Bricks don’t seem like something that would get weathered very quickly. But they do, and when they do it’s called brick spalling. This is where the brick surface gets damaged, usually as a result of moisture. If brick spalling is left, the brick will continue to deteriorate and, eventually, crumble. 

You can easily check for brick spalling by looking at the brick surface. If it’s flaking or chipping, you need to act to stop further damage. Replacing your entire brickwork is costly and inconvenient, so as soon as you see signs of spalling, you need to weigh up your options.

Crumbling Mortar

Mortar is the ‘glue’ that holds bricks together. Over time, it will start to degrade and crumble away. This is a major problem as it weakens the brickwork and makes it more susceptible to damage. 

To check for crumbling mortar, take a look at the joints between bricks. If they’re wider than usual, or if the mortar is missing entirely, then repointing brick is a must.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common causes of brick degradation. When water seeps behind the brick, it can cause serious damage, including mold growth and corrosion. 

If you notice any water damage, be sure to get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the worse the damage will get.

Missing Bricks

Perhaps the most obvious yet most serious, dislodged or completely missing bricks is your home’s way of screaming at you to look into repointing ASAP. If you can see gaps in the brickwork, it’s a surefire sign that repointing brick is necessary. 

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to call in a professional brick repointing company. They will be able to assess the damage and give you an estimate for the repairs. 

The important takeaway is don’t panic!

It’s not your fault! Degradation of brickwork and mortar is common and easily fixed. Just make sure you take care of the problem as soon as possible to avoid any more extensive damage. If you’re not sure whether or not your brickwork needs repointing, arrange a free quote from a professional brick restoration company. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Book a repointing service today

By booking in a repointing service you can prevent having to replace your entire brickwork, at just a fraction of the cost. Brick repointing can safeguard your brickwork for another 40 years. For that kind of guarantee, removing the nagging worry about the safety of your home is priceless.

If you’re in Sydney, Newcastle, or on the Central Coast, and would like to book in a brick repointing quote, contact us today! We have over 25 years of experience and would be more than happy to help.