About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Now that spring is almost here, it's time to get ready for the outdoor maintenance. If you've got a brick wall in your yard, that's one of the first places you should check once the weather warms up, especially if you've been dealing with snow all winter long. You might not realize this, but snow and freezing temperatures can destroy your brick work. As soon as the weather warms up, here are three steps you'll need to take to care for your brick wall.
Give Your Wall a Deep Cleaning
If your brick wall is showing signs of dirt and grime buildup, the first thing you'll need to do is give it a thorough cleaning. The oils that have built up on your wall can severely damage the mortar lines. Not only that, but since your wall was exposed to moisture all winter long, it could have a mold problem, which can also cause significant damage. To clean your brick wall, attach a nozzle to your garden hose and spray the wall down. The water will loosen the grime and make it easier to clean. Next, fill your garden sprayer with water and add about one cup of bleach. Apply the solution to the wall, scrub the dirty areas with a scrub brush, and then rinse with your garden hose.
Inspect for Signs of Damage
Once you've cleaned your brick wall, you'll need to inspect it for signs of damage. Pay close attention to areas that might have loose mortar, or areas where the mortar is missing, altogether. It's also a good idea to walk along the wall and push on it. Pushing on your wall will allow you to find areas that might have been compromised during the winter. If you find problem areas, you should take care of those right away. You can repair loose mortar as a do-it-yourself project. First, scrape away the loose mortar. This will ensure a clean area for the new mortar. Second, prepare the mortar according to label instructions. You can find mortar mix at any home improvement center. Third, use a concrete spatula to press the fresh mortar into the joints. Finally, use the edge of the concrete spatula to smooth the mortar lines.
Know When to Call for Repairs
When it comes to your brick wall, it's important to know when it's time to call the professionals for repairs. If you have a substantial amount of missing mortar, or there's a significant amount of movement when you push on your wall, it's time to call your concrete contractor. Masonry repairs of that magnitude are best left to the professionals. Check out sites like http://www.cabcoaz.com for more information.Share
19 January 2018