Discussion in 'Bricks, Masonry and Concrete' started by BER7777, May 20, 2019.
Does this brick spalling look concerning? Any suggestions on the mitigation?
The bricks need to be replaced, but the primary concern is what is causing this to occur. Look for voids where mortars missing or any spot that would allow water intrusion.
A note to add:
This house is only 33 years old, and the spalling bricks can be seen at different locations on different walls. In the last picture, I see at least 3 bricks with this failure.
I am trying to decide to buy or to move on.
Thank you oldognewtrick. The mortar appears in a good shape (see first picture - the mortar sticks out and is not damaged). I suspect that during the construction the builder mixed the batch with incorrect brick.
Run your finger across the mortar joint and seeif you get a lot of sand rub off on your finger.
I've seen homes twice that age that don't have spaling bricks, but the majority of my brick knowledge is on refractory brick, not architectural brick.
My gut tells me to walk away .
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