Preventing Costly Water Damage
Water is most frequently found to be the major culprit when it comes to damage done to masonry. Rain and snow (no strangers to Chicago masonry) can be traced to roof leaks and damaged gutters. Water inﬁltration will cause a breakdown of the mortar, the drawing of salt out of the masonry (causing increased deterioration), and increased susceptibility to freeze-thaw damage. Wind erosion can also occur with soft brick, stone and mortar in exposed locations. Because Chicago is especially prone to the damage of the elements, we strongly recommend routine inspections of your masonry. It is naturally most cost and resource efficient, to maintain the integrity of your masonry once it has been built or restored.