masonry cracks repair

How to repair masonry cracks?

Deterioration of your mortar is inevitable

As the time flies by, the cracks in your mortar become more prominent. It’s totally normal, but also quite dangerous. This problem cannot be neglected and some steps againt this process need to be taken. Hiring a contractor isn’t always possible, as it costs a lot of money. If the cracks are small, you can attempt to fix them yourself. While it seems a lot of effort for a few little cracks, taking care over repairs now can save your building from more serious damage. Depending upon the size of the cracks, there is a wide range of things that you can do to repair masonry. Let’s get to it!

Tuckpointing can be quick and easy

No matter how big the crack is, you need to clean the crack up first from debris and dust. If the crack is really small, you can find creams and gels which contain silicone rubber at your local hardware store. They are called caulking compounds. Squeeze the tube into the crack, until the rubber gel is tightly packed – and you’re done. Medium cracks are slightly harder to patch up. Instead, of caulking compounds,  use a patching cement, which is a mixture of sand and cement. The ones described as vinyl patching cement, are the best. They are usually found in powders, and are used after mixing with water. Apply the cement in layers to get rid of the crack. If you have a large crack in your masonry, then the best solution is to use sand-patching cement. Break out loose morar with hammer and cold chinsel, then wipe away the dust. You need to make the crack wider inside than it is on the face. Make the inside of the crack damp before applying the patch and remember to apply in layers! Otherwise it won’t adhere firmy to the surface. Well done, you have fixed your morar yourself!

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