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ScottinCa
Mortar issue on block wall

I had a block wall installed alongside my property about 15 years ago.

I noticed there's a few spots, most in the same area, where the mortar is pulling away from the bricks, enough to see light from the other side.  the wall is still solid and there's no loose bricks, but I'm wondering if it's something I should worry about.  We dont get much rain out here, it's a hot dry climate.

 Thanks

Clarence
Re: Mortar issue on block wall

 Sounds like the wall foundation has settled ( moved ) and the brick joints have moved. Repoint the joints and it should be fine.

James
Re: Mortar issue on block wall

I have a similar issue on a 1947 house, front porch area.  This is my first house, we bought it 1 1/2 years ago, and I've never repointed before.  For my issue, I can see the separations peeking through the ground in about four or five spots, which tells me they're beneath the soil line.  My intention is to:

  1. Dig out enough of a working area for each issue,
  2. Patch with a Quikrete caulk, or something similar,
  3. Let it set,
  4. Fill the soil back as it had been.

So, my questions to you all are:

  • Does that sound like a workable project idea?  Again, I've never done anything like this before.
  • Do I have to worry about weep holes?  Once upon a time, the concrete blocks of the porch had been painted over, so I have doubts about there having been any of those.
  • Am I missing anything?  What's been your experience?  What should I do vs. avoid doing?

Thank you all, very much.

James
Re: Mortar issue on block wall

ScottinCa, thanks for posting about that, and I hope it all works out well for you.  I have a somewhat similar issue, but I get all of the rain that you don't.

ScottinCa
Re: Mortar issue on block wall

Thanks for all the replies/advice.

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