Repointing and stuccoing are two common masonry techniques used to prevent water infiltration in basements and other structures. Here's some information about each technique:
Repointing is the process of removing old, damaged mortar from the joints between bricks, and replacing it with new mortar. This helps to strengthen the brickwork and prevent water from seeping into the basement. Repointing is a common technique used to address water damage in older buildings.
The process of repointing involves the following steps:
- Assessment: The first step is to assess the condition of the brickwork to determine whether repointing is necessary. This can be done by a professional mason or building inspector.
- Preparation: The brickwork is cleaned and any loose or damaged bricks are repaired or replaced.
- Removal of Old Mortar: The old mortar is removed using a chisel or other tools. Care must be taken to avoid damaging the surrounding bricks.
- Application of New Mortar: New mortar is applied to the joints using a trowel, and smoothed to match the existing mortar.
- Finishing: Once the new mortar has set, the surface is cleaned to remove any excess mortar.
Stucco is a cement-based material that is applied to walls and other surfaces to provide a waterproof barrier. Stuccoing is a common technique used to prevent water infiltration in basements and other areas of the home.
The process of stuccoing involves the following steps:
- Preparation: The surface to be stuccoed is cleaned and any loose or damaged material is removed.
- Application of Scratch Coat: A base coat of stucco is applied to the surface, and a series of grooves are made in the surface using a scratch tool.
- Application of Brown Coat: A second coat of stucco is applied over the scratch coat. This coat is smoothed and leveled to provide a uniform surface.
- Application of Finish Coat: A final coat of stucco is applied over the brown coat. This coat can be textured or colored to provide a decorative finish.
Repointing and stuccoing are effective techniques for preventing water infiltration in basements and other areas of the home. Schmitt Happens can ensure that the work is done properly and in accordance with best practices