Tuckpointing: What it is and Why its Needed

One of the joys of home ownership is all of the constant maintenance tasks one must perform in order to keep the value of your most prized possession…right?  Well not really.  But unfortunately there are some things that are of utmost importance when it comes to taking care of your home, or business for that matter.  If you have the honor of owning a brick home or business, tuckpointing may be one those tasks that you will be forced to deal with at some time or another.  So what exactly is tuckpointing?  Well, I’ll tell you.

Any building that is made out of brick, may need to be tuckpointed at some point.  Mortar is the material that keeps bricks in place and allows them to be built into walls, or chimneys.  Mortar, however, loses its integrity over time and can deteriorate to the point where it is no longer doing a good job of keeping those bricks neatly organized.  Missing mortar leads to cracks in the exterior of your home.  Those cracks, if not treated in a timely manner can actually lead to collapse!  Not good.  However, one of the main concerns with cracks, is moisture.  Water finds the smallest of cracks, but can lead to the biggest of problems.  Having these cracks tuckpointed can prevent all of these problems.

A professional tuckpointing company, will survery they existing damage and should provide you with a timeline and estimate of how much it will cost to tuckpoint your home or business.  Sometimes it is not necessary to tuckpoint and entire home.  There are instances where small portions of your brickwork can be tuckpointed to put a stop to progessing damage.  A tuckpointer will remove the existing mortar before filling the gaps between the bricks with fresh mortar.  They will remove the mortar by using tools such as grinders, picks, and chisels.  Once they have removed as much of the existing mortar with these tools, the may use a water hose to rinse out as much of the sediment from the pre-existing mortar.

Once the tuckpointer has removed as much of the pre-existing mortar as possible, they will begin to apply the new mortar.  An experienced tuckpointer will do so without making a big mess, or getting fresh mortar all over the face of your brick wall.  They will “keep it in the gaps” as they like to say.  The application of fresh mortar is a tedious process and a large house or building can take several days for the job to be completed.  Always hire a recommended tuck pointing company, as there are many fly by night tuckpointing companies that will try to rip you off.  Ask around.  If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of other brick homes, it is likely that one of your neighbors can make a good recommendation.  Look for the homes with great looking brick.

Tuckpointing is an important task that all brick buildings will need at some point.  It is essential that tuckpointing is done as soon as cracks in the mortar are noticed, as this problem will not go away on its own and only get worse

Hiring A Retaining Wall Service

Is your area sloped, inclined, or leveled? By any chance— is your rainwater flow all over the place?

If the answer is no, then this is not for you. You can peacefully exit the browser.

To those who stayed however— it seems like I ticked all of your boxes. Congratulations! You need a retaining wall.

I’m going to assume you don’t know what a retaining wall is, since you don’t have one when clearly, you are in dire need of it. It might even save your life, no kidding. 

It is a known fact that soil erosion is a naturally occurring process catalyzed by the forces of nature. And while this phenomenon takes place in every landform— places in inclined ground have it worse due to rainfall, which accelerates soil erosion, and consequently intensifies its effects. That being the case, a sudden collapse of land in this area is nowhere near surprising.

It is scary indeed, so your best choice is a retaining wall installation. A retaining wall can prevent soil erosion from happening and controls the water flow from rainfall so that it does not further augment to a landslide in the works. These are used especially in highways and roads where engineering needs more work. On a smaller scale, this is used in landscaping gardens as well.

Amateur installation of retaining walls can lead to cracks and a weak foundation— a combination you do not want with the looming threat of collapse underway, so it would be in your best interest to hire a professional this time.

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So how do we hire one?

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Firstly, there are a lot of variations of retaining walls. For instance, gravity, cantilevered and sheet piling. These types all have different purposes and methods to meet the requirements your land needs, so inquire properly, and do your best to explore this on your own as well.

Adding to the existing kinds— alternative retaining techniques can also be added on top of the retaining walls to assure better protection. Soil nailing, soil strengthened, and mechanical stabilization are some of these examples.

Retaining walls can also be built with different materials like timber, concrete, bricks, and stone. Consult on which would best suit your area, and input important factors you would want to incorporate— whether it be on the direction where water should flow, how high or wide it would be, or even how you could make it more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Securing these walls by maintenance is mandatory. Registered building inspectors or civil engineers subject your property to an examination at least yearly to ensure there are no further damages accumulated throughout the time it has been installed. 

In conclusion, retaining walls is vital insurance. Spending money for retaining wall installation is nothing compared to the certainty of the protection of your property, as well as the safety of the people who are in it. 

Are you ready to hire retaining wall experts now? Call us, so we can guide you with the next steps.