What is repointing?
Quite simply repointing is the process of replacing damaged or flaking mortar the substance used to fuse brick or blocks together in standard building construction. In older buildings, especially those prone to the harsh weather conditions gaps can occur opening up a building to water penetration. This in turn leads to damp penetration that can affect internal masonry, plaster and timbers.
Repointing isn’t just for buildings. Any brick built structure may need repointing to avoid degradation or total failure.
How do I know if I need repointing?
A close inspection of your mortar joints will usually give you the answer provided of course you can get to it.
Here are some of the tell-tale signs that your building may need attention:
- Gaps between the mortar and the masonry
- Cracks in the mortar
- Loose or missing mortar
- Weak or crumbly mortar
- Loose bricks
- Signs of water leakage on the interior of the wall, or damp spots on the surface of the masonry.
If you’re worried about a building, wall, chimney, monument or out-building give us a call.