Tennessee Building Inspections - Missing Mortar
Tennessee Building Inspections completed by HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, involve inspecting the exterior surface of the building. Sometimes brick or stone exterior surfaces have missing mortar. Where did it go? Look at the pic below. What's could cause mortar to fall out?
HINT: What's that pipe to the right for?
ANSWER: Missing mortar in a close pattern like this is usually a sign of water damage. The pipe on the right is an abandoned downspout. Water from the roof is simply running down the side of the building and has for years. This vertical river has eroded the mortar out of the stone foundation and brick above (not visible in the pic). See the pic below for a closeup of this damage.
These situation can allow water to penetrate into the building and the foundation to collapse. The water management issue should be fixed first, then the mortar repaired.
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