If you have to make major changes to things like your roof, you may want to reach out to a roofing company. A good roofing company can help with things like inspections, which should be done at least twice a year (according to the National Roofing Contractors Association). But repairing brick mortar is a DIY project you won’t need any help with. Brick mortar isn’t extremely difficult to do and you won’t have to call in a roofing company for help (unless you really need it). You can easily make these repairs yourself with the following steps.
Step One: Identify the Broken Mortar and Begin Chiseling
Figure out which mortar on the side of your house is broken and begin chiseling. You’re going to want to chisel to the depth of at least one inch. If you chisel less than one inch, your work won’t last as long.
Step Two: Get Cleaning
After you’ve chiseled out the one inch or more depth, you need to clean up the area. Cleaning up the area will ensure that no unwanted debris gets stuck in the depth, which may cause later problems. You can clean the area using a stiff bristled brush.
Step Three: Use an Air Compressor
If you do any work around your home, you probably already own an air compressor. That’s a good thing to have around, especially for this project. After cleaning the area with the bristled brush, you can continue cleaning it out with the air compressor. The tool will help to remove any dust that might not have been cleaned out already.
Step Four: Get Your Repair Mortar Ready
To get your repair mortar ready, you need to mix it up according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The instructions will tell you what to mix it with and how quickly you need to work. Once the mixture is at the correct thickness, you should notice it sticking to the bottom of a trowel without falling off.
Step Five: Mist and Place
Before placing the replacement mortar in the crack of the bricks, you need to take a spray bottle filled with water and being misting. Misting the cracks will prevent the new mortar from drying out. Then, you can place the replacement mortar into the cracks. The drywall taping knife that you should be using to do this should be held just beneath the top of the crack with the mortar on it. A tuck pointing trowel can be used to push the mortar into the cracks.
Step Six: Smooth and Set
After the repair mortar is placed in the crack, use a brick jointer to smooth everything out. Then, take the spray bottle and apply more water to the area for a few days after the project has been completed. In between every spray, it’s important to cover the area with plastic and tape to allow it to cure.
Replacing brick mortar is a lot easier than replacing a roof, and it’s something you can do right at home. Reach out to a roofing company if you need additional help. Roofers will also be able to give you ideas for the right kind of mortar for your home.