How to Identify If You Need Masonry Repair

Masonry is a classic building technique used in many older and modern Indianapolis homes. While it is very durable, the intense weather cycles can wear it down over time. Shifting soil or lack of proper maintenance may also lead to masonry damage. The best thing you can do is closely watch your masonry for any changes or signs of damage. If you believe your masonry needs to be repaired, check in with your local Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis for a professional consultation. Having your masonry examined by a professional is the only way to know for sure if you need masonry repairs and what repairs are best. Here are a few key signs that you may need masonry repair and you should call an expert. 

Signs of Masonry Damage

Regularly inspect your masonry for any new signs of damage. If you notice any of the warning signs below, contact B+E immediately for an assessment and repair. 

Frost Boil

When moisture seeps into and disrupts your masonry backing, it will push/pull, or bulge, bricks. The Indianapolis winters have numerous freeze-thaw cycles that only increase the chances of bulging bricks or frost boil. If you notice any bulging bricks, contact Brick + Ember Outfitters so we can remove them and repair the underlying damage. 

Cracked or Missing Mortar

Masonry must be repointed every 15 to 20 years in order to last as long as possible. Sometimes, damage occurs that requires masonry repair much earlier. Deteriorating mortar is a major sign that you need repairs. Damaged mortar is a structural concern, and will only lead to further damage down the line. Consult an experienced mason to handle your mortar repair to salvage as much of your masonry as possible. 

Interior Damage

When your masonry sustains damage, it can also affect the inside of your home. Badly damaged masonry will show signs on the interior of your house. For example, you may notice drafts, deformed windows, plaster cracks, and moisture buildup on your walls. 

Cracked Bricks

Over time, bricks in masonry may slightly crack. However, cracks at an angle greater than 30º are a major hazard that greatly threatens the stability of your entire masonry structure. Additionally, untreated cracks allow water in which can cause bulging bricks and more damage. 

Hire an Expert for Masonry Repair 

As soon as you notice any of the signs above, you should consult an experienced mason. As long as masonry repairs are addressed quickly, they can often be easily resolved and your masonry structure is preserved. The Brick + Ember Outfitters of Indianapolis is here to help you with all of your masonry needs, including repair. For a masonry assessment or repair, contact us at 317-500-1250 or OFFICE@BRICKANDEMBER.COM