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Valcourt Basic Training. Brick and Masonry Maintenance.

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As building heights and construction costs both began to rise, strong but economical brick veneer structures
have become today’s standard.

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Valcourt Basic Training. Brick and Masonry Maintenance.

  1. 1. YOUR MISSION Brick and Masonry Maintenance. Valcourt presents BASIC TRAINING Article 03 Tips for Improving Your Waterproofing & Building Restorations Safety. Service. Solutions. It’s a war against the elements. And your building can win.
  2. 2. BASIC TRAINING valcourt.net Your Mission. Brick and Masonry Maintenance. When you look at your brick building, you’re literally seeing the fundamental building blocks of modern construction.The oldest bricks discovered so far, in the Tell Aswad region of today’s Syria, date to before 7500 BC and were made from shaped mud. Leaks were once a common occurrence, but today, we’re much less tolerant of leaks in our homes and workplaces. Most buildings prior to World War II had walls so thick that, even if water got through the first layer of brick, it would never make it to the inside of the building. Article 03
  3. 3. Typical Wall Section With Thru-Wall Flashing BASIC TRAINING BRICK TODAY: Economical, Versatile, Still Porous. As building heights and construction costs both began to rise, strong but economical brick veneer structures have become today’s standard When the brick veneer isn’t properly maintained, too much water — more than the flashing system can handle — can result in interior leaks. valcourt.net Article 03
  4. 4. BASIC TRAINING saving building owners. A serious preventive maintenance program prolongs the life expectancy of the structural elements of your building. If the masonry veneer cracks, mortar joints degrade, bricks spall and/or caulking fails, significant water penetration to the interior of the building can result. Your property’s maintenance failures that cause leaks can lead to large capital expenses. valcourt.net Article 03
  5. 5. BASIC TRAINING Visually Review & Document Your Properties. Inspect your building annually, or even semi-annually, and document its conditions. Use a camera to take good, accurate photos of your building. Mark any problems on the photos when they’re taken. valcourt.net During the next re-inspection later in the year, check to see if any of the masonry issues have gotten worse. If so, contact a qualified restoration contractor like Valcourt Building Services, or an experienced engineering consultant, to make a repair recommendation. Article 03

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