Exposure to moisture, along with repeated Michigan freezing and thawing that we experience each year, can cause mortar joints between bricks to crack thus making your home susceptible to hazardous water damage.
It’s true brick can last centuries, however, mortar may last only 25 years before needing replacement. Over time, weather causes damage to brick and mortar on Michigan homes. If left untreated, the damaged areas become vulnerable to water entry, brick movement, and as you can see in the above photo, can cause the structure of your Grosse Pointe home to collapse. The age of the mortar alone isn’t always the reason for repair. If the chimney is exposed to runoff when it rains, extreme moisture could accelerate the deterioration process.
Tuckpointing is the process of routing out the damaged mortar and replacing it with fresh mortar.
Aside from halting mortar joint corrosion and restoring structural stability, tuckpointing also helps protect your home’s brick structures from damaging moisture. When the mortar is damaged, water seeps into the brick surface and can cause a significant amount of damage, such as mildew, rotting wood, and mold.
For over 25 years, the masonry specialists at SAS Services, Inc. have been repairing crumbling bricks and restoring damaging mortar for Grosse Pointe homes and all across the Metro Detroit. To learn how we can protect your home from the consequences of crumbling brick or damaged mortar, contact us at (800) CALL-SAS today!