Helpful tips and advice for home maintenance from your roof to your porch.
Ugly algae and mildew stains on your brick? How in the world do you get it off?
Warning: Improper brick cleaning techniques can damage your masonry. Special care is required when cleaning brick or stone.*
Contrary to popular practices—even by many masonry companies—the right answer never involves the use of acid or sandblasting, which can permanently damage or discolor your brick or stone. Proper cleaning or waterproofing of your walls begins with a professional diagnosis, and usually requires special chemicals in conjunction with pressure washing.*
Feel free to call Boyd Construction Co Inc, if there is anything you do not understand.
Boyd Construction Co Inc pros can safely and professionally remove many types of stains from brick, stone, and concrete, including biological growth, mortar stains, paint, efflorescence, acid burn, or even rust!
Waterproofing brick and masonry requires special consideration. Beware of improper waterproofing treatments.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While this is rarely good advice (Who would wait for a break-down before changing the oil in their car!), we do generally suggest that most masonry work does not need to be treated with a sealer or water repellant, unless you are experiencing problems.
Brick treatments depend on the type of brick you have.
Most of today’s hard-fired, high quality brick (such as Acme, Boral, and Hanson brands) and high-strength mortar will actually withstand the tests of weather and time quite well without any treatment at all.
However, after all necessary cleaning and repairs are complete, if you have experienced one or more of the following problems or conditions, you may want to consider applying a water repellant or other treatment:
Porous masonry allows water to soak in. Absorbed water will eventually break down the brick and mortar particles. In freezing temperatures, the water expands and can separate layers of the brick (a condition known as “spalling”).
These issues are more common in areas exposed to weather, such as on chimneys, wing walls, mailboxes, and the bottom three feet of exterior walls that may get exposure from sprinklers or driving rains.
“Sealers” are not recommended on veneer walls, as trapping moisture behind the wall may otherwise result, actually worsening this condition.
In such cases, we may recommend a long lasting, breathable water repellant.
If you need your brick or stone cleaned, repaired or waterproofed, the pros at Boyd Construction Co Inc can help you. Whether we’re cleaning or waterproofing, Brick Doctor uses only proprietary chemicals designed specifically for treating masonry.
We do not use muratic acid or other over-the-counter chemicals that are unproven or possibly even damaging to your masonry. We understand how and when waterproofing your brick may help prevent stains from coming back, help solve leaking problems, and prolong the life of your brick.
Let us know if we can help you with any of this, or with any other specialized masonry job.
Note: Any needed repairs should be completed prior to applying water repellants or other treatments, as new mortar will be inhibited from bonding to treated surfaces.
If you have questions about any of these issues, or would like help with our services, please give us a call or click to request an appointment today. We’re here to help you.
Boyd Construction Co
Family owned and operated in the greater Washington DC area since 1932.