Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?


The enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick homes conveys a rich sense of history. According to experts, the durability of the brick and masonry facades depends primarily on its resistance to water penetration. Ownersof these historic brick homes should become familiar with the signs of water damage and when to schedule necessary repairs.

Is It Possible to Avoid Water Damage?

Brick and mortar are porous, not water resistant. If water penetrates and is subject to freeze-thaw cycles, deterioration will follow. Water and frost are the enemies of the DC brick and masonry facades and will, given time, eventually reduce it to a pile of rubble.

According to Bob Villa: Water damage is caused by one of two conditions: splash back or rising damp. In splash back, the continual beating of rain against the brick soaks into the mortar, causing the mortar joints or the bricks to crack. Rising damp results when ground water seeps up from...

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Brickwork is a very durable material. but with the coming of winter it starts to get its annual attack from frost. Durability of brickwork is well established, many building still standing today are many centuries old and still in great condition.

In the early times where just sun baked clay blocks, but over the centuries the process of making bricks has become very sophisticated. Modern machinery has honed the process to produce a variety of shapes and colours, textures and finishing`s. Bricks today are a lot more durable with modern firing techniques that create a very durable veneer and can contribute to thermal value when used in conjunction with a well-insulated cavity wall system.

Most problems that cause damage to brickwork are due to water ingress, if your brickwork is kept well pointed and maintained this would not normally cause any problems and is just part of the bricks life. Problems can occur where water is allowed to saturate the brickwork, mainly due...

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BRICK STRUCTURAL WALLS LOOSE, BULGED - CONTENTS: How to Identify Brick Veneer Walls versus Structural Brick Walls. Types of damage to brick structures; how damaged brick structures are repaired. Definition of brick bond courses; examples of water & frost damage to brick walls; rust damage to brick walls at steel lintels or reinforcement; masonry & brownstone lintel damage; brick tuckpointing. POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about the difference between a brick veneer wall & a structural brick wall & the significance of this difference when understanding cracks in brick buildings REFERENCES

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Brick wall damage assessment & repair:

This article explains types of damage to structural brick walls. We explain how to recognize, diagnose, & evaluate movement and cracks in brick walls and how to recognize brick wall bowing or bulging and...

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Brick is a core material that is commonly used to build the wall of a building. Clay bricks are the most common brick type. It is made from sand and clay and uniformly burnt at temperatures between 800°C and 1200°C. Surface finishes are sometimes applied, e.g. glazed bricks. Glazed bricks are still being produced in large quantity and can be obtained from major English brick manufacturers and suppliers. Calcium Silicate bricks is manufactured from sand-lime (calcium silicate). The bricks are pressed under great pressure and steamed in an autoclave. The bricks are smooth, fine textured and light in colour. The colour of the brick is produced from material source, composition and firing temperature.

The size of bricks over time has changed considerably. Some early medieval bricks were 13 inches by 6 inches by 2 inches. By the late 15th century a brick 9.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 2 inches became the norm and a charter in 1571 stipulated bricks by the...

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Composition of AAC

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), also known as Autoclaved Cellular Concrete (ACC) or Autoclaved Lightweight Concrete (ALC), was invented in the mid-1920s by the Swedish architect and inventor Johan Axel Eriksson. It is a lightweight, precast building material that simultaneously provides structure, insulation, and fire and mold resistance. AAC products include Blocks, and Wall panels.

It has been refined into a highly thermally insulating concrete-based material used for both internal and external construction. Besides AAC’s insulating capability, one of its advantages in construction is its quick and easy installation, for the material can be routed, sanded, and cut to size on site using standard carbon steel band-saws, hand saws, and drills.

AAC is particularly economical in large scale projects

AAC product has been widely used in industrial and civil construction.

AAC product can be divided into AAC block and AAC...

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Bricks and blocks are components of durable masonry construction in which uniformly shaped individual units are laid in courses with mortar as the bed and binding material. They consist of high mass materials with good compressive strength formed into units that can be lifted and handled by a single worker. Materials used can include brick, stone (e.g. marble, granite, travertine, limestone), manufactured stone, concrete, glass, stucco and tile.

Brickwork is usually left exposed for its aesthetic qualities and blockwork is usually rendered, but most bricks and blocks can be used as facing materials or given a render coating.

Four kinds of wall

There are four main ways to use bricks and blocks to make walls. Each method has its environmental and economic merits and it is important to understand the reasons for choosing any given method in building your home. It is quite feasible to use each method in the same home but generally more economical, logistically...

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Rodent-proof construction and exclusion methods

Importance of Rodent-Proof Construction

Rats and mice cause serious damage to all kinds of structures if they are allowed access to them. Damage by rodents has been documented in homes, apartments, hotels, office complexes, retail businesses, manufacturing facilities, food processing and warehouse facilities, public utility operations (especially power and electronic media operations), farm and feed storage buildings, and other structures.

In urban settings, rodents most often cause damage to older, inner-city buildings and utilities in poor repair. New housing developments may experience commensal rodent problems, but problems are more noticeable in neighborhoods 10 to 12 years of age or older. Ornamental plantings, accumulation of refuse, woodpiles, and other such sources of harborage and food are more quickly invaded and occupied by rodents when adjacent to an established rodent habitat.

Many types of...

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