Sealing brick and mortar

Sealing brick and mortar to protect it from the rain, so we’re going to kind of discuss that and see what you should do.

Right now, it’s starting to rain quite a bit this time of year, and it’s very windy and that is the key item there. So I was over at Dave’s house the other day and he had, you know, we were discussing the fact that we just recently record out a bunch of the places that are home.

We are having a couple of leaks that were coming in above the window sills. Yes, like the lentils.

You guys don’t check your window sills after a rain. You should, because this just all of a sudden we noticed water on the floor and couldn’t figure out what it was.

And it was this window that we never open or check, and it was entirely wet around the whole entire window. All the sheetrock, everything.

So yeah. And that’s because it was driving rain that came in at a specific angle. So that’s what we specifically want to talk about. So you have your home and it has four sides to it, and there’s a predominant side that the wind comes in from, OK?

And when it comes in and hits it at like an intense angle and soaks it for a long time, you can potentially have problems. And Dave was actually having a problem at his home that he couldn’t figure out how to solve that.

What? Yeah, so what was happening is it was the wind was coming from the same direction and it kept getting super wet. And eventually it would soak the whole brick and the mortar, and then it would seep right through it.

So it wasn’t even the caulking.

No, I had nothing to do with the caulking. He corked everything on the whole home, and he added all super coughed up that could be defective brick and it was going right through it. It was just driving rain soaked into it.

And yeah, so he went into the store and he talked to him and he talked to some brick people and he says, Yeah, it happens all the time when it comes from the same direction and you have a large wall where it’s a lot of exposure. Ok, right? And it’s like two stories and whatever.

But when it comes in, it hits the side and just totally soaks it. Wow. And then eventually, with enough rain and long enough, if it doesn’t dry out, then it just like seeps right through it and then it starts showing up inside in different places.

You know, there’s a void between, but then it comes through in puddles and you’ll see it showing up in different places.

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And that would help you out. So if you know you have all your caulk all taken care of, you don’t have any cracks or any place that water’s getting in and it’s just seeping in there magically. Wow, then this could be your answer. So all you simply did is paint the side of his home. You can’t see it.

You just roll it on. Yeah, probably super easy.

Yep, it’s just one coat. And then you’re done. It’s a direct, you know, and you can’t tell. And he said that it’ll last about five years, but he said that it was something that when he went in the store, they’re like, Oh yeah, that happens all the time.

Never heard of that. None builders. I haven’t heard the builders ever mentioned this. So that would be something when you’re at a new home construction meeting with your clients. I would totally ask this because I would love to hear how builders seal the brick and we just don’t know it. I don’t think so.

But yeah, I don’t think they do. Yeah, but you can go ahead and see how much you would actually need. There’s calculators there for how much. Yeah. And you just go ahead and paint the side of your place and it would all be sealed off and waterproof.

Interesting. Have you guys ever sealed your brick or heard of this? Maybe it’s just something we’re not familiar with.

Yeah, it wasn’t. It was a new thing to me, and that’s why I wanted to share it, because sometimes you just have problems

When you have that issue. Every time it would, we would have rain and combined with wind. Remember, under our door, we had this issue and it was like, what in the world?

But yeah, rain gets in in weird places. Yeah, it does. So caulking is normally a about a 10 year thing around the windows, and it’s annoying because it just dries out. There’s not much you can do with this Texas heat. It dries and cracks, and then water gets inside there, and then it starts showing up in all these weird places, but you’ll only find it once it rains.

And don’t forget we have those poles, you know, along the expansion joints, too. On the homes, I would say that’s important to have filled in. So yeah,

So if you are starting to see anything that’s coming up weird, especially with the high winds, then that’s something to look for. So if you see clients? And her saying anything about

It or you hear something weird, it’s not just the Halloween.

Yeah, no, it’s just one of those topics that’s good for this time of the year. Yeah. So maybe just take a walk around your property. And if we’re looking at the windows in particular, when the brick kind of comes out and it sticks out just a little bit, there’s piece of caulk up along the top of it.

And so you just have to go go around that because the water sits on it and comes in there and becomes problematic and you just taking care of that for us. Yeah, I mean, there’s just kind of things that do go on. If not, it gets inside and it runs, you know, and it creates some problems.

So ten years is kind of the issue on that the timeline and just take a look and make sure you couldn’t let it go. Yeah, get on to the next house much easier than repairing it. Just move. Get a new one. That’s it. It’s all I got.

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Episode Recorded Live on YouTube 10.28.21

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