There are many potential sources of water damage beyond your roof. For instance, your walls also have to manage water when it rains. Most of the rainfall is typically managed at the top of your property, but if your structures, particularly the walls, are not waterproof, they may eventually let rain seep in. This could subsequently result in a host of issues.
Continue reading to discover how to apply a sealant to your brick walls, preventing water from infiltrating your property through the crevices.
When water penetrates brick walls, resolving some of the issues is vital before the situation gets worse:
The first step is to render cracks that shield the brickwork. As a first line of defence for the structure of exterior walls, water can seep through and progressively weaken broken or fractured brickwork..
In brickwork, the joints or spaces between the bricks are filled with mortar using a pointing tool. Brick walls mortared this way are more attractive and prevent water from seeping through brickwork gaps. A fracture or wear and tear in the mortar may allow rain to enter a building which is commonly known as water ingress.
Rain & Wind
Rain blown towards your house by the wind can cause considerable flooding. The horizontal velocity causes brickwork to be soaked, which may lead to water seepage into the structure over time.
If you want to find out how to stop water from leaking through brick walls, one method is to find the problem spot, such as cracked render or mortar. Then taking the following measures:
If your brickwork is applied with exterior water-resistant coating, it will be completely protected from the outside environment by a thin layer of natural cork in spray form. No matter how hard it rains, water cannot make its way through easily.
MJ Engineering Projects is a Sydney based remedial waterproofing consultancy.
Get in contact with us to answer your questions around water damage, water ingress through brickwork or any waterproofing issue you may have.
If your residence is at a lower level than your neighbour or close to a construction site, the likelihood of water ingress into your property is higher. This situation may have happened previously or could be a consequence of repairs carried out by your adjacent neighbor.
To curb this issue, you must promptly seal any small holes or cracks present in the concrete, blockwork, or floor-to-wall joints that could allow water from the outside to seep in.
Water ingress and water leaks can be found in almost any building and property due to many different reasons. In this article, you can read about its definition, how to identify the most common causes and locations, as well as whose responsibility it is to rectify water ingress, and how to take immediate action to preserve your building.