Home Exterior - Brick *

The exterior brick on your home should be cleaned and inspected periodically.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Never use a pressure washer to clean brick as it may chip or crack brick and mortar joints and force water behind the brick.
  • Clean your brick every 1-2 years with a garden hose and stiff bristled brush.
  • If further cleaning is required, use a brick cleaner but carefully follow the manufacturer's directions and test a small discrete area first before proceeding to the rest of the home.
  • If regular cleaning does not remove stain, contact a brick professional for assistance.

General Information

  • Small holes exist in the mortar along the lower row of bricks called "weep holes". By design, these holes allow moisture that has accumulated behind the brick to escape.
  • Inspect the weep holes to ensure they are not blocked by landscaping or clogged with debris or algae.
  • Inspect brick every 2-3 years for missing mortar or signs of deterioration that may require tuck pointing.
  • Inspect caulking around exterior windows, doors, trim, j-channel, and vent pipes. Always remove caulk before applying new caulk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it OK to have ivy or other growing vines on my brick?
A: While aesthetically pleasing, ivy and other vines can hold moisture against your brick and cause damage, as well as invite pests to inhabit and nest. Remove any vines or weeds growing on your brick.

Q: Why is a white powder forming on my brick?
A: The white, powdery substance that sometimes accumulates on masonry surfaces is called efflorescence. This is a natural phenomenon and cannot be prevented. If rain and warming weather do not improve the condition, review Cleaning tips above for ways to try and clean your brick.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.