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billhead1 06-23-2012 03:51 PM

Exterior Brick Waterproofing Sealant
 
I had never heard of applying a waterproofing compound to exterior brick to prevent cracking from moisture intrusion during freezing conditions, but a contractor proposed and applied it to a neighbor's house. All exterior brick is located above the foundation curb, above grade. Is this a recommended practice? What is the maximum recommended pressure for pressure washing to avoid damaging bricks/mortar? According to Home Depot's Buying Guide for Waterproofers, "Waterproofers stop the flow of water through concrete while sealers only repel water. However, sealers do repel water and allow water vapor to move through the material. Apply these products to brick, concrete, block, stucco or other masonry material."

BridgeMan 06-26-2012 01:44 AM

A great source of revenue for the manufacturers, suppliers and installers, but I question the need for doing so. Millions of brick structures have never been sealed with anything, and are still performing reasonably well in all kinds of weather conditions.

oldognewtrick 06-26-2012 03:44 AM

Bridgeman, I see a lot of issues with water migration through mortar, especially at chimney areas. When you can run your finger along a mortar joint and it looks like your running your finger through a sand box, theres usually an issue with water intrusion.

asbestos 06-26-2012 09:36 AM

We have a brick house (well mostly brick anyway) it's from the 1950's and I have put some sealant on it, a penetrating sealant. I am not so worried about the bricks as I don't want to much moisture soaking in and gettin to the wood underneath. The tarpaper they put on is not in the best shape. So I figure the less water getting to it the better.

BridgeMan 06-26-2012 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by oldog/newtrick (Post 74307)
Bridgeman, I see a lot of issues with water migration through mortar, especially at chimney areas. When you can run your finger along a mortar joint and it looks like your running your finger through a sand box, theres usually an issue with water intrusion.

I totally agree. I've seen lots of improperly installed bricks, incorrect flashing, wrong type of mortar, too wet, and often improperly cured, performed by people in the trades who have no business still being there.

That being said, I stand by my original statements. And qualified with my opinion that the best brick sealant in the world will not correct an initial lousy installation. May buy some time, but only puts off the inevitable.

babs322 10-14-2012 06:15 PM

My chimney sweeper is recommending waterproofer for the outside of my "reused" brick fireplace chimney. I am hearing very conflicting reports about sealing brick. Any comments would be appreciated.

BridgeMan 10-15-2012 11:02 AM

Using a sealer that can breathe should work, if anyone wants to spend the time and money to do it.

I'd guess far more than half the brick chimneys in the world are not sealed. Keep in mind it's a guess, and no, I don't have any facts to back that statement up.

nealtw 10-15-2012 02:54 PM

Weeping holes at the bottom of a wall are there to remove any water that gets behind the brick. If water is running down the back of the brick it will be sucked into the brick in warm weather, a non-breathing sealer will prevent that moisture from getting out.

pgooose 02-01-2013 08:55 AM

Are there different types of brick sealer and how do you choose?

BridgeMan 02-01-2013 12:03 PM

Simple internet search will pull up the names of various products and manufacturers. Then just wade through all of their respective product descriptions for the one that best suits your needs. Larger outfits will have a free tech number to call if you have specific questions about something.


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