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Brick left messy.

Posted by lily5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 31, 12 at 13:53

Our brick has quite a bit of motrar left on it. When they finally came to clean the dirt from bottom of the brick a couple months after move in I noticed the mortar was cleaned off as well in those areas.
Until then I thought it was supposed to be that way because our builder seems to care about details like that.
I do remember him saying once that all of the brick would be cleaned.
I hve read up on brick cleaning and that it is now way to late. I am angry because to me it is really noticable. My husband could care less because he is just happy to be in the house.
The builders house seems to have perfect brick and mortar.
Should all new brick be cleaned or just the bottom?

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RE: Brick left messy.

Is your brick a sand-faced brick (usually the bricks look weathered)? If so, you do not want them to "wash" the brick. They will likely use a pressure washer and all the sand will be washed away drastically changing the look of your brick. What's worse is that you and the guy doing the pressure washing won't even know the full extent of the sand loss and subsequent change of overall color unitl the brick dries completely. If you have this type of weathered looking brick, scraping the excess mortar off is the way to go. Or just leave it alone and let it add even more character to your home's facade.

I have heard different builders recommending different things as far as cleaning the brick--some wash it just where dirt and debris bounced up on it (around the bottom of the walls) and some wash the whole house. It's obviously much less expensive and less labor intensive to just do around the bottom. It may have been a cost cutting move on the builder's and/or subcontractor's part, or a miscommunication somewhere along the line. Provided you don't have a sand-faced brick, I would give the builder a call and inquire. If you have a sand-faced brick, I wouldn't let them anywhere near the house with a washer.

Hope this helps!

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