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A recent example of Bob’s Jobs work – brick repointing
One task we get asked to do from time to time is to repair existing brickwork – it tends to lose it’s mortar over time. When it starts cracking, receding, and falling out of the joints, it’s time to chisel out the old stuff and trowel in the new, a process called repointing. Left unrepaired, water can seep in between the bricks and cause structural damage. Prior to replacing the old mortar, we usually pressure wash the bricks to get as much off of it as we can, as well as all of the debris:
Although it’s a relatively simple job, it should be done with care, using the right tools and the right materials to avoid damaging the brick or the integrity and appearance of the steps or the walls. Our lead technician, Rich, uses a masonry cutting blade on a grinder to get the mortar out, a somewhat dusty process. He is careful not to cut into the brick:
It’s important that the mortar used for repointing be similiar to the original mortar used in the building of the home. In newer homes, standard portland cement mortar is safe to use to refill the spaces between bricks, but in older homes, a mix consisting of lime and sand is typically used. This is the front walkway of a “newer” home we worked on in Virginia Beach:
Here are the finished, repointed brick steps, after a final pressure washing to clean them off:
Interested in having the bricks at your home repaired? Call me, Jo, at Bob’s Jobs, 757-318-0484 and we’ll send over an expert “repointer”!